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Secret Drinking – How to spot the Signs Of Hidden Alcoholism

How can you see the signs of secret drinking when people with an alcohol problem become so good at hiding it from those they spend time with? Many people enjoy a nice glass of wine occasionally, or a pint in a pub. But how can you tell when things get out of hand and alcohol consumption becomes an addictive habit? Alcohol addiction isn’t always easy to spot, and this can trick people into believing they don’t need help. This means it’s often left to those around them to notice the signs. You may be left wondering how you can see…

Smarmore Castle Performance

How are we performing? Recent Patient Satisfaction Levels

At Smarmore Castle, we regularly survey patient satisfaction to make sure we listen and respond to what our patients are saying. Recent surveys from the first nine months of 2020 – including the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic – showed some very positive results: Even with the inevitable disruption of the pandemic, we maintained a rating of 100% overall satisfaction – with 62% rating our overall treatment as “Excellent”, 34% “Very Good” and just 4% rating us as “Good”. The strong quality of care provided by our team came through very clearly, with “Excellent” ratings being given to our therapists…

Alcohol and Chest Pain

Causes, Symptoms and How to Help Picture the scene: it’s the morning after a particularly heavy night before in Dublin’s pubs and clubs. You wake up, and alongside the murky memories and bloodshot eyes, you also feel an ache in your chest. Does this sound familiar? Perhaps you’ve experienced chest pain after a binge-drinking session with your friends, or during the festive season when drinking is aplenty. If so, this may be part of a wider problem worth looking at.  Described above is what some medical professionals have called ‘holiday heart syndrome’– when you experience an erratic heartbeat, feelings of…

What it Feels Like to Have PTSD

What it Feels Like to Have PTSD

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a disorder of not being able to recover after experiencing or seeing something terrifying. According to PTSDUK, one in ten people have PTSD along with one in five firefighters, 70% of rape victims, one in three teens who have been in a car crash, and 40% who have dealt with sudden loss. You can either feel your life is in danger, threatened, or you have seen someone else dying or being injured. Having PTSD is about not having control over your thoughts as every day feels like the nightmare you have been trying to avoid…

Types of Alcoholics: Functional Alcoholics

Types of Alcoholics: Functional Alcoholics

Alcoholism is still a problem in Ireland. According to Alcohol Action Ireland, from 1960-2001, 4.9 litres to 14.3 litres of alcohol have been drunk per person for those aged fifteen and over. There are different types of alcoholics such as functional alcoholics who appear sober in public but alcoholics in secret. Psychology Today says 20%-90% are functional alcoholics. The common stereotype of alcoholics is that they are alone, cannot hold down a job, and always appear intoxicated. Functional alcoholics are different in which they are middle aged, have successful marriages, jobs, and believe they have their drinking under control. They…

The Sackler Clan - The Family Who Endorsed OxyContin

The Sackler Clan – The Family Who Endorsed OxyContin

Before the Sackler Clan came to being, OxyContin was just known as an experimental drug from Germany during World War I. When Arthur, Mortimer, and Raymond Sackler bought Purdue Pharmacy and advertised OxyContin to relieve strong pain, they became the 16th most richest family in the world. In Europe, 38.8% abuse opioids including OxyContin. Why does this family keep a low profile? The Sackler Clan learned the harsh realities that came from advertising a miracle drug and the deadly consequences that come from OxyContin. The Sackler Clan have estimated sales more than $35 billion ever since they released OxyContin in…

Prison is Not a Solution to Addiction

Prison is Not a Solution to Addiction

People who are arrested for crimes related to drugs or alcohol may help them get sober during their sentence but they will not recover when their sentence is over. According to the National Council and Drug Dependence Inc., 80% of crimes are committed that are related to drugs and alcohol. The National Association of Drug Court Professionals say that 95% of incarcerated adults return to substance abuse. Prisons need to try harder to treat offenders who are addicts or they will keep returning to jail and continue to ruin the lives of themselves or others. So far, only 20% of…

Laxative Addiction

Laxative Addiction

Bulimia Nervosa is when someone with an eating disorder makes themselves vomit in order to lose weight, or turns to other methods of purging following a bingeing episode. The DSM-V looks at the full picture of bulimia nervosa as many purging behaviors like medications, excessive exercise…

Solvent Addiction

Solvent Addiction

Inhalants are a dangerous substance among teenagers because of how easy they are to access. An inhalant can be anything you can inhale without burning or heating it up which makes it easier for kids to do to get high. According to Daily Mail, 1,700 teens in Britain and Ireland have died from inhalants from 1983-2000. In the Irish Republic, 22% of 15 and 16 year-olds have abused substances. It is important for teens to get access to treatment before the next time they inhale these substances could be the last. Teens get high from inhalants by intoxicating the fumes…