Posts Tagged ‘Addiction’

‘Digital heroin’: how screens turn kids into psychotic junkies Comments 0

Friday, September 2nd, 2016

Susan* bought her 6-year-old son John an iPad when he was in first grade. “I thought, ‘Why not let him get a jump on things?’ ” she told me during a therapy session. John’s school had begun using the devices with younger and younger grades — and his technology teacher had raved about their educational Read more

No place for pokies, the ‘P’ of gambling Comments 0

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

In 2000 David Wilson QC (now District Court Judge Wilson QC) and I were the lawyers who represented the combined churches of Hamilton (the Catholic Church, Church of the Latter Day Saints, Anglican Diocese and the Islamic Centre) in opposing the granting of a casino licence for the Hamilton Casino. We lost the initial hearing Read more

What it’s like to stop drinking alcohol Comments 0

Friday, May 20th, 2016

Brits’ relationship with alcohol has come under the spotlight, with experts calling for warnings on all alcohol – and saying that men in particular refuse to believe the risks. This comes as data shows that millions of middle-aged men drink more than is recommended in new government guidelines – the limit was lowered in January Read more

Men struggle with porn addiction, some women want to feed it Comments 0

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

There is good news and bad news about pornography this week. The bad news is that women are clamouring for a fair share of the porn industry; the good news is that men are deserting that pigsty. These are very broad strokes, but the details are equally disturbing and encouraging. First, the women. It is Read more

Addictive substances and their effect on the brain Comments 0

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

What are the most addictive drugs? This question seems simple, but the answer depends on whom you ask. From the points of view different researchers, the potential for a drug to be addictive can be judged in terms of the harm it causes, the street value of the drug, the extent to which the drug Read more

How opiates became the love of my life Comments 0

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

At the beginning of my sophomore year of high school, a close family friend passed away. The day of the wake, I went to school and informed my friend that I was feeling extremely anxious about having to go to one for the first time. That friend handed me two pills, telling me that they Read more

App developed to help young people battling pornography Comments 0

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

US Catholic leaders working with youth have developed an app to help young people battling with an addiction to pornography. The app, named “Victory”, is based on a calendar system, where the user can mark with colours the days they were victorious over porn or had a setback. White means they were victorious, grey means Read more

I was a middle class ‘almost alcoholic’ Comments 0

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

What does an alcoholic look like? For years I wouldn’t have said that label had anything to do with me. I am a professional mother of two who grew up associating alcohol with fun. In my early twenties, it’s what marked me out as the archetypal party girl, in my early professional life big nights Read more

Pornography: society’s common cold Comments 0

Friday, May 8th, 2015

I’ve recently discovered that a pornography addiction is now becoming as popular in our modern society as the common cold. It never ceases to swarm around, mercilessly infecting unsuspecting victims. A couple of weeks ago I had a good friend of mine confide in me about her and her boyfriend’s current battles with long term Read more

Is pornography addiction real? Comments 0

Friday, November 7th, 2014

Maybe we should ask the experts–those seeking help. There is much debate about whether or not pornography is addictive. Pornography addiction is controversial even among professional therapists. This debate heated up when the Fifth Edition of the Diagnostic Statistical Manual for Psychiatric Disorders (DSM-V) for therapists did not include sexual addiction as a clinical diagnosis. Read more