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Defining & Explaining Addiction
What is addiction or dependence?
Identifying or being diagnosed
Everyday Life with an Addiction, Dependence or Drug Habit
Consumption in everyday life
Relationships, confidentiality & telling others
Work, study & making ends meet
Dealing with stigma & discrimination
General Health & Accessing Healthcare
Looking after health & well-being
Living with illness or a health condition
Living with a mental health condition
Contact with the criminal justice system
Creating Change: Treatment, Self-help & Other Responses
Changing patterns of consumption
Formal & informal detox
What is recovery & how important is it?
Advice & Messages to Others
Consumers, family & friends
Health professionals & policymakers
Experiences By Drug Type
Ecstasy & Other Party Drugs
Prescription & Over-the-Counter Drugs
Speed, Ice & Other Stimulants
Experiences By Age and Gender
Women Aged 18-29
Women Aged 30-39
Women Aged 40-49
Women Aged 50+
Men Aged 18-29
Men Aged 30-39
Men Aged 40-49
Men Aged 50+
Resources & Information
Team & Thanks
Further perspectives on alcohol
Women Aged 50+
Pauline started smoking cannabis daily in her mid-teens and continued during her twenties while at university.
As a teenager growing up in the suburbs, Amy felt like she didn’t fit in with the young people in her neighbourhood.
Grace began taking heroin in her twenties and has taken it fairly regularly since then.
When Helen was in her twenties, she ‘drifted into’ a ‘population of people’ who took heroin and began taking it herself.
Rachel began taking heroin, cannabis and cocaine in her late teens, and says her consumption ‘escalated’ in her early twenties.
When she was in her early twenties, Annemarie experienced anxiety and panic attacks, and was prescribed benzodiazepines.