Acid Attack!

Welcome to the Sixties. LSD, or Lysergic acid diethylamide to give it its proper chemical name, is an hallucinogenic drug. It used to be very popular in the psychedelic Sixties – think Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, a popular ballad illustrating the delights of ‘tripping.’ But LSD, or ‘acid’ to give it its more…MORE

Sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll

The Sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle has become a celebrity cliché. What is it with that attracts people so strongly to put them on a path to self-destruction? And what does it mean for the rest of us? If I made a list of all the stars who had fallen ‘victim’ to the…MORE

Nicotine is no more addictive than a placebo

Smokers! It’s not the nicotine that gives you the ‘rush’ but the dopamine the brain produces when nicotine enters the body that’s the real culprit! It’s the dopamine rush that’s the real cause of your addiction! Ingesting cigarette smoke directly into the lungs is a very efficient way of directing nicotine straight into the bloodstream….MORE

Weed – at least it’s not heroin

The dope people are smoking today is a lot stronger than it was in the eighties. What’s more, people are growing their own supplies rather than relying on dealers, making marijuana a very cheap recreational drug… but there may be a higher price to pay. Cannabis – also known as marijuana, pot, grass, ganga, dope,…MORE

Some Observations on Addiction

So grandma goes into hospital for a hip replacement. After the operation she’s given diamorphine, which is medically pure heroin. Over the next two weeks the doctors prescribe smaller amounts until it’s time for grandma to go home. So here’s the question… why doesn’t grandma come out of hospital a heroin addict? The answer may…MORE

Addiction – The Choice!

Contrary to popular belief, addiction is NOT a brain disease – addiction is a learned behaviour, and a behaviour of choice! Informed by considerable experience dealing with drug addicts, I can assure you that addiction is a personality disorder just the same as selfishness or narcissism. From the mid to late 1980’s, I took on…MORE

Addiction

Over the last thirty-five years, I have amassed some considerable experience dealing with drug addicts and more recently, problem gamblers. Both can be classed as suffering from mental illness [in 1980, the American Psychiatric Association recognised pathological gambling as a mental illness, similar to pyromania, kleptomania etc.] Both are equally destructive to the addict and…MORE

Psychopaths and coke-heads and what they have in common…

Psychopaths are different from the rest of us. I’ve known two in my life – one was a bald hypnotist who despite his whiter than white image was a secret alcoholic cocaine and ecstasy addict and the other was someone with whom I was once in a brief relationship. So I know all about psychopaths…MORE

Addiction – The Lifestyle Choice

No doubt my observations on this most sensitive subject will meet with disbelief from those who have convinced themselves that addiction is an illness, and therefore should be treated as such, with copious helpings of understanding, bleeding-heart liberalism, and guilt laden mercy-mission. This is a position with which I most vehemently disagree, and I have…MORE