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Those addicted to drugs often find it difficult to open up and admit the truth, particularly if they believe that their life will be negatively affected if others find out about their problem. This was certainly the case for former Miss USA Tara Conner, who tested positive for cocaine just eight months after winning her title. Dark Places Ms Conner has now opened up about how her life was heading for ‘dark places’ at the time she tested positive. She won the coveted title in 2006, but afte...

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Those who live with an addict will be all too aware of how their loved one’s behaviour has changed. Many family members and friends are often heard saying that their loved one is unrecognisable from the person that they once were. Those who do develop an addiction to drugs or alcohol will often become self-centred and manipulative as they try to get the substance they crave. They may lie and cheat just to ensure that they are not deprived of the drugs or alcohol that they believe they need....

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There is currently no cure for addiction, and those who do manage to overcome this illness will always have the threat of relapse hanging over them. It is important for individuals in recovery to avoid complacency and maintain their sobriety to avoid suffering a relapse. To overcome addiction once is difficult enough, but to have to do it again can often seem an impossible task to the affected person. Some may never get the opportunity to get better again because they are unable to find the m...

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As a parent, one of the biggest fears you have is whether your child will dabble with drugs. While most parents expect their teenage children to experiment with alcohol at some stage, the fear that they may try drugs is one that keeps many awake at night. Drugs are often experimented with by teenagers during high school years, and while most will never go on to have any problems, there are those who will develop devastating addictions that can destroy their life. Watching on helplessly as a p...

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Those who find themselves in the grip of a drug or alcohol addiction often find it difficult to break free. Even when they want to stop taking the chemical substance to which they have become addicted, they are unable to, which may result in them taking desperate measures. One such person is Dean Grundell, who has been addicted to hard drugs for the past twenty-five years. Serial Shoplifter Like many other addicts, Dean resorted to crime to fund his habit as it spiralled out of control. He has...

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Contrary to popular belief, addiction is an illness that can affect almost anyone, and those who do go on to develop this illness often do not realise they are in trouble. When it comes to alcohol or prescription medication in particular, it can be difficult to tell when a line has been crossed. Those who have moved from habitual use to problem use often cannot recognise the signs and symptoms of addiction in themselves. Addiction is a progressive illness that occurs gradually over time. Many...

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Despite warnings from the Government and a change in the recommended alcohol guidelines for safe consumption, a poll for World Cancer Research Fund has found that eighty-six per cent of people in the UK are unaware that alcohol can increase the risk of cancer. As part of Cancer Prevention Month, the results of the YouGov poll have been revealed, and they show that while most people are aware of a link between cancer and genes, most cannot comprehend the fact that alcohol is directly related t...

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Substance abuse causes harm to the user as well as to their loved ones and friends. It is an illness that has a knock-on effect on the wider community and even the economy. It can lead to poor health, financial troubles, relationship problems, unemployment, crime, and homelessness. Those who abuse drugs and alcohol may believe they are harming only themselves, but this is rarely the case. Family members and friends feel the full force of a loved one’s addiction, often suffering emotional an...

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Alcohol affects individuals in different ways; some will become completely dependent on the substance while others can drink responsibly. For others, though, alcohol can drive them to acts of violence or aggression that can come as a shock to those who know the individual. This was certainly the case for Paul Todd, who was stabbed by his drunk partner as he tried to leave her property to avoid an argument. Alcohol-Fuelled Rage Thirty-two-year-old Emma Lee from Redditch stabbed her partner Paul...

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Many people around the UK suffer from addiction. Some of these individuals will continue to abuse drugs regularly, not wanting to overcome their addiction, while others are desperate to beat their habit once and for all. Some will go to such extreme lengths to try and rid themselves of their addiction that they can actually be putting themselves at a greater risk of potential harm. Dawid Korkuc so desperately wanted to beat his heroin addiction that he borrowed money from a payday loan company t...

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