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# Addiction

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# Coolmine
Overcoming addiction with sailing: 'It's a way of life I never knew existed and better than any drug'
Coolmine clients who are currently recovering from addictions have sailed this week as part of a Voyage of Recovery programme.
# hostel assault
'It's why homeless people won't stay in these places' - Woman assaulted by fellow resident at Dublin hostel
The Irish woman had moved to Dublin from the midlands less than three months ago.
# tackling addiction
'I'm seven years sober last week. That, for me, beats any Olympic medal' - Kenneth Egan on his recovery
Minister Simon Harris and Olympic boxer Kenneth Egan helped launch the Rutland Centre’s second annual recovery month.
# Addiction
Scientists are using painkiller-addicted fish to develop new treatments for addicts
Researchers found the fish were willing to work harder and even enter risky conditions in order to get their fix.
# Addiction
Social work action 'unacceptably slow' in case of heroin user whose newborn died
The baby boy’s death was not reported to be connected to his mother’s drug use, but a report has criticised the seven-week delay in making contact with the woman.
# painkillers
Two million people are addicted to opioid drugs in US, with 90 dying every day
Many people buy pills illegally when their prescriptions run out.
Alcohol addiction: 'How could I explain to my friends that our house was different?'
Addiction is not just suffered by those going through it. It is also suffered by those who see their family members or loved ones going through it. #StillJustMe is an anti-stigma campaign launched in 2017 by St Patrick’s Mental Health Services.
# reducing harm
'These people matter': The government's new 'compassionate' plan to tackle drug addiction
The new drug strategy aims to develop a health-led approach to drug and alcohol addiction.
# public drunkenness
Shia LaBeouf apologises for racist tirade against policeman
“I am deeply ashamed of my behaviour and make no excuses for it,” the 31-year-old wrote on Twitter.
# philippines president
Corpses in the slums and police corruption: A year into Duterte's bloody drugs war
“We could not win the war on drugs through killing petty criminals and addicts,” a former Colombian president wrote in a warning to President Duterte.
# Addiction
Left in limbo with their Swedish asylum applications, Afghan teenagers are turning to heroin
“When we smoke… we’re calm and don’t worry about anything,” said Mahdi, a 16-year-old Afghan refugee.
'My parents used to tell me that Matthew was “on holiday”. I found letters addressed from Clover Hill'
This is what I’ve learned about Ireland’s problems with addiction since losing my brother Matthew, writes Niamh O’Donoghue.
Drugs: 'How is arresting someone for something that they are addicted to helping?'
Decriminalisation of addiction is our next great step to a better drug policy, writes Aodhán Ó Ríordáin.
# Addiction
One of Ireland's greatest-ever athletes on 'never retiring'
Catherina McKiernan tells The42 about how running has shaped her life since childhood.
# ask for help
'The doctor was feeling anxious, dejected and worthless': Medics get help at new support group
In one year, 47 practitioners asked one particular group for help with substance abuse, depression, and other issues.
# Addiction
Women next in line for serious gambling problems thanks to 'female-friendly gaming sites'
Multi-billion euro companies are now targeting women through marketing campaigns.
My boyfriend's gambling: 'I loved two people. One was a compulsive liar and emotionally unavailable'
My whole life used to be consumed by my ex boyfriend’s gambling addiction.
# Alcoholism
'I want my kids to know there is no shame in getting help': Ben Affleck speaks out about his alcohol addiction
The Hollywood star said he had recently completed treatment.
# Addiction
'They're not your friend': Warning over bookmakers as Cheltenham festival begins
The Rutland Centre has said they are seeing more people affected by problem gambling.
There are moments in our lives where the world changes and you go 'was I on the right road all the time?'
Irish artist and writer Christina Reihill explores alcoholism and addiction in her new work about the writer Dorothy Parker.
# Beyond the Grave
Former addict from Dublin spending three days underground in a grave to raise addiction awareness
John Edwards has been sober from both drug and alcohol addiction for 27 years.
# factcheck
FactCheck: How many detox beds are there in Ireland?
In three parts, FactCheck referees an argument between a Minister of State and a Dublin City Councillor over supervised injection centres. Tonight – Part One.
# Addiction
'A place to rest, a place to chat - a safe harbour': Injecting centres get Cabinet approval
The first pilot centre is expected to be opened in Dublin in the autumn.
# Crumlin
27-year-old man charged in connection with €500k heroin seizure
During the search of a house, gardaí also seized bagging equipment, weighing scales, documents and mobile phones.
# naltrexone
Fighting fire with fire: The drug that can block addiction
“It’s rare not to have a traumatic experience when you’re dependant on a substance.”
# tackling addiction
Success of e-cigarettes cautiously backed by Hiqa report
Data from Healthy Ireland reveals that 29% of smokers currently use e-cigarettes as an aid to quitting smoking.
# Addiction
US prisons fight heroin addiction with $1,000 monthly injection
Expert opinion on the drug is mixed but a study showed users had a lower rate of relapse after the injection.
# Addiction
‘I was either going to get the boat to die in England or go to an NA meeting’
Ireland’s Homeless World Cup star John Farrell talks to The42 about turning around his life.
# smartphone
Are you looking? Half of Irish people check their phones in the middle of the night
The study found that the vast majority of us have access to a smart device.
# Communities
'One family lost four out of five children to drug addiction'
Members of the public are being urged to report drug dealing in their area.
# Alcoholism
'Have they no conscience?' Frances Black lets rip at pubs selling pints for €1
Pubs have been launching Black Friday Specials, selling pints and shots for “.99c”.
# illness
"Addiction is an illness, whether we like it or not" - Drugs Minister wants your views
She also supports injection centres.
# Interview
'How running saved me from addiction'
One of the world’s most renowned adventurers, Charlie Engle, on addiction, prison, Running the Sahara and meeting Matt Damon.
# Addiction
Ex-England international and pundit Ray Wilkins admits drink problem
The 59-year-old pleaded guilty in court after being found to have been three times over the drink-drive limit.
# Sex addiction
Senator: Sex addiction is causing devastation in some Irish families
Senator Frances Black said the devastation it causes to families is just as palpable as if their family member were addicted to drugs, alcohol or gambling,
# Addiction
"I was in the height of addiction, and my addiction took me to prison" - 22 years of drug taking
Mary started smoking cannabis when she was 14 – it would be 22 years before she would stop.
# Addiction
The title that made the Game Boy a massive hit is 32 years old
Tetris was built on a simple premise but it is still every bit as addictive now as it was in the 80s.
# hidden problem
Tipperary’s 2006 All-Ireland minor hurling final hero reveals gambling nightmare
Timmy Dalton has revealed all in a wide-ranging interview this morning.
# magic
11 signs your Abrakebabra addiction has gone too far
Kebab withdrawal symptoms.
# hidden problem
Funding is needed 'before it's too late' - there's a surge in gambling addiction in Irish men (and women)
The numbers of people presenting with a gambling problem at Dublin’s Rutland Centre have trebled in just two years.