Recovery Rocks ~ an Interview with Ian Young

Ian Young’s default program is set on ‘jolly.’ He is relentlessly jolly. Which is a pretty good place for an ex-crack and heroin addict and alcoholic. it’s pretty bloody amazing when you consider he should be dead now and it is nothing short of a miracle that he is not only alive and well, but also very jolly. Ian now runs …

The real message behind safe injecting rooms

Brighton plans safe rooms for addicts to inject drugs  In the Guardian last week and across the news recently was the story about how Brighton is to become the first British city to offer official “drug consumption rooms”.  http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2013/apr/14/brighton-drug-consumption-rooms I’m not going to get too involved in the story as to whether it’s a good thing or not, but rather …

Arlesey former drugs smuggler’s road to recovery

A FORMER drugs smuggler and addict turned turned life coach from Arlesey has published a book about his battle with addiction.

Ian Young’s drug and alcohol-fuelled exploits took him all over Europe before he found his salvation. His new book, It’s Not About Me, lifts the lid not only on Ian’s years of addiction, but also his recovery.

Russell Brand 10 Years Drug-Free

A couple of weeks ago, comedian Russell Brand hit a milestone. Taking to his Twitter account, he wrote: “10 years clean today. Thanks for all your messages of love… Anyone can get clean, one day at a time.”

The Benzo Fury & Popularity of Legal High’s

We’re nearing the end of festival season. All muddy tents, Portaloos, beer-soaked moshpits and, of course, that old festival favourite – drugs. We’re not just talking Es, whizz, weed, coke and LSD, though – that’s when the drugs scene was simpler. Whether you dabbled, were addicted or were totally anti-drugs, at least you were aware of what was out there. …

Cocaine Chloe from X-Factor

Monday 27th September 2010 X-Factor: Like many other people in the UK at this time, I find myself watching X-factor (normally on recorded TV to miss the adverts) snuggled up on the sofa with the wife. If I’m honest, its all her fault that I’m drawn into the madness that is basically a karaoke show, albeit with excellent production and …

People with drug problems need health care, not prison.

18th July 2011 “People with drug problems need health care, not prison.” Sir Richard Branson 17th June 2011 So last week the news broke that a large number of high profile people were backing a new initiative calling for a different approach to the war on drugs, suggesting it to be a health problem and not a criminal justice one. …

Professor Nutt’s report – King Alcohol. That old chestnut.

Monday 1st November Alcohol – that old chestnut: So all over the radio and TV press today is the news that Professor David Nutt has condemned alcohol as worse for the public health than heroin http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-11660210 Now those of you that have been following my thoughts and musings will know that I don’t care for prohibition or the government’s right …

Linsey Lohan returns to rehab and Jack Osbourne comments

Monday 25th October 2010 Lindsey Lohan in rehab and Jack Osbourne offers support: I’m a great supporter of Jack Osbourne and what he has done to represent recovery and his own personal development. Indeed, I gave him his 1st year anniversary cake back in 2004 (in fact you can see a short film on you tube, from when I worked …

Various Philanthropies

Saturday 16th October 2010 This week I’ve been running around managing one of the other businesses I’m associated with http://www.gfeu.eu/ It’s an Association, which certifies food products claiming to be Gluten free and tests them to a very high specification, before acrediting them if they meet our standards (5 parts in a million for those interesed). If a Restaurant or …