I’m breaking up with the word “addict” and I hope you’ll do the same. “Addict” is one of those words that so many of us use, largely without pausing to wonder if we should. We just take for granted that it’s totally okay to describe a human being with one word, “addict” — a word…

SMART Recovery Australia National Program Coordinator Josette Freeman was one of twenty industry professionals to take part in a specialised roundtable on drug-related harms, hosted by Greens Leader Dr Richard Di Natale at NSW Parliament in Sydney last Friday. The purpose of the event was to explore the best policy and legislation approaches to reduce…

In 1956, the American Medical Association declared alcoholism a “disease.” More than half a century later, the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) has proclaimed addiction, including alcoholism and “process” addictions like gambling, to be the same. According to the ASAM’s definition, published on the group’s website on Monday, addiction is a “primary, chronic disease…

Seeking validation online doesn’t bring real happiness. In today’s interconnected world, social media is a major channel of communication and an important part of daily life. There are so many positive aspects – not only does social media allow us to easily connect with loved ones and catch up with friends, it also provides entertainment,…

Often the simple solutions are the most effective. In the case of Brian Harriman (pictured left) who suffers from depression and alcohol addiction, that speaks the truth. Damien Kennedy (pictured right) from the Griffith Aboriginal Medical Service realised that a big problem for people with addictions was they often found themselves bored and with nothing to…