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# Addiction

All time
Column: Do you suffer from social media and internet addiction?
We live in an ‘always on’ world and because the internet is constantly accessible via mobile devices, it is very difficult to control.
# switch off
Here's how to tell if you're addicted to Facebook
It might be time for a ‘digital detox’.
Opinion: 'I saw my wife's face and I couldn't hide from it any more. I had to stop gambling'
An anonymous contributor says it doesn’t matter what way you gamble, it comes down to losing control over it.
Opinion: Addiction is often boiled down to sound bites – but the truth is complex
We need to reflect on how addiction affects an individual, their experience of seeking help, and what the throes of addiction are like.
# Rehabilitation
'I never thought that after 20 years addicted to drugs and alcohol I’d be graduating and drug free'
Coolmine’s therapeutic community helps 1,000 people overcoming addiction every year and 60% of those who complete the therapy remain drug free.
# Step Away From the Desk
Are you a workaholic? Norwegian researchers have developed this way to check
Research team developed seven criteria to gauge working excessively and compulsively.
# Legal Highs
Deaths from 'legal highs' in UK could surpass those from heroin by 2016
A new report also proposes a ‘treatment tax’ on alcohol.
# Your Say
Poll: Would you be willing to pay a 'treatment tax' on alcohol?
There are calls in the UK to add a penny to price of each of unit of alcohol.
# Drug use
Dublin Lord Mayor calls for task force to tackle inner city addiction problems
Christy Burke said that “certain senior politicians don’t see any votes in addiction, so they don’t see it as a priority”.
# social roulette
Have you been affected by gambling?
A new Irish study needs participants – and it will all be anonymous.
Opinion: For drug service reform to work, we need to be brave and innovative
There are key issues to consider in ensuring that addiction services provide both high quality care for service users and value for money for the taxpayer.
# Addiction
Was Peaches a heroin addict?: 'Yes'. Husband tells inquest Geldof was in drug treatment
Full inquest rules that the 25-year-old died of a heroin overdose.
# i-intervention
11 signs you're too attached to your mobile phone
Your one true love.
# Homeless
Lord Mayor recalls finding 17-year-old pregnant girl in bin
Christy Burke, who volunteers with the group Inner City Helping Homeless, announced that 80 new beds will be provided by homeless services in Dublin in the next two weeks.
# soar again
Flappy Bird is making a return, but as a 'less addictive' multiplayer game
The game’s creator Dong Nguyen said it would be making a return in August and will be less addictive than the previous version.
# Addiction
Former UK drugs advisor to speak at"dream drug" heroin treatment centre
Professor David Nutt says naltrexone can allow heroin addicts “live a normal life”.
# Addiction
Facebook shows no signs of slowing down as it now has one billion mobile users
Meanwhile, Instagram now has more than 200 million users signed up with 50 million signing up over the last six months.
# problem drinking
How much does alcohol abuse affect others in Ireland? A lot, says a new report
The harm experienced by people due to their own drinking is only part of the story argues Alcohol Action Ireland.
# Addiction
Addicted to Facebook games? You're not the only one
The site sees an average of 375 million people playing Facebook-connected games each month, just under a third of the site’s 1.2 billion members.
Column: Legislation changes our drugs landscape – but it isn’t a complete solution
It is time to acknowledge that drug and alcohol use is a part of modern society –and a public health issue to be managed, writes Tony Duffin.
# Resurrection
Flappy Bird could fly again as creator says he's considering a return
Nguyan Ha Dong said if he does re-release the game, it would include a warning to users to “please take a break.”
# diet riot
Diet Coke addict suffers hallucinations after drinking up to 50 cans a day
She claims to have spent as much as £150,000 on the fizzy drink over 30 years. SCREAM.
Column: Philip Seymour Hoffman's death challenges our cosy stereotypes about addicts
For a short period, at least, death from heroin overdose has moved from the category of ‘things that will never happen to me or my friends’ to ‘things that can happen to anyone’, writes Tony Duffin.
# Addiction
McConville reveals 'lots of high profile players in bother' with gambling
The former Armagh footballer believes the number of ‘problem gamblers’ will continue to grow.
# Addiction
Offaly star reveals the hell he went through as a gambling addict
Gambling habit cost former All Star nominee €200,000 and left him €80,000 in debt
# Addiction
GPA admit gambling amongst GAA players a ‘continuing worry’
Tyrone’s Cathal McCarron has become the latest inter-county star to struggle with the problem.
# honesty
'I hate myself' - Mike Tyson candidly discusses his struggles with drugs and alcohol
“I haven’t drank or took drugs in six days,” he said.
# Skydive
Irish girl to jump out of plane in celebration of Amy Winehouse's 30th birthday
Jenny Conlon from Sandymount is one of thirty people who will be doing a skydive with Amy’s mother, Janis Winehouse.
# cocoa powder
17 signs you could be addicted to chocolate
We’re all here for you.
# coffee lovers
Heavy coffee drinkers beware: new study shows it could shorten your life
People under the age of 55 who drink four or more cups of coffee a day might have a shorter life, says new study.
That '70s Show star Lisa Robin Kelly dies aged 43
The actress passed away on Wednesday at an addiction treatment clinic.
# keltoi house
Just eight out of 20 beds in operation at successful HSE rehab unit
Brendan Kiernan manager of Keltoi House said “the completion rate makes it very cost-effective”.
# Addiction
Researchers discover how the brain 'learns' cocaine addiction
Researchers said that knowing this detail may help identify new treatments for addicts.
# Sex
Is sex addiction the real deal?
A new study suggests people with a co-called addiction may just have a particularly high libido…
# reaching out
New app gives access to local mental health services
The initiative aims to remove the reluctance of some people to physically ask for help.
Column: Meth is not glamorous – and nobody is immune to the tragedies it brings
I dabbled with drugs on a social basis and thought I was in control; but that was before trying crystal meth. The drug stripped away everything I believed about myself as a person, exposing me to dangers and tragedies I would never have imagined.
# Addiction
Drug users need our compassion, says Elton John
Pop star says stigma and criminalisation increases chance that users get caught in lifetime cycle of addiction and disease.
# Drugs
Supervised 'injecting centres' could help drug addicts - report
Merchants Quay Ireland has called for new approaches to respond to intravenous drug users in Dublin city centre for the benefit of drug users and the wider community.
# Addiction
Significant increase in numbers seeking treatment for sex addiction
The Rutland Centre says sexual addiction is accounting for a growing number of its total client base.
# Stigma
10 signs that you are addicted to shopping
It might sound like a joke – but the stress, debt and emotional dependence is nothing to laugh about.