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SAD and Addiction – Is There a Link?

At this time of year as the seasons change, people start to talk about seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and its links to addictive behaviour, particularly substance abuse. The two conditions can be treated concurrently. Symptoms of SAD should never be ignored.   What Is SAD (Seasonal Affective Disroder)?  SAD is a mental health disorder and recognised as such in the DSM V (Diagnostic Manual of Mental Disorders of the American Psychiatric Association). It is a form of depression where people are affected negatively by loss of natural light due to seasonal changes that make their days shorter (and their nights longer)….

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Trouble With the Law? How Addiction Can Lead to Legal Problems

Addiction can lead to run-ins with the law in a variety of unexpected ways. Rehabilitation from addiction of any kind should not be judgmental and help is available for those attempting to recover regardless of past legal problems.  Legal Consequences Are Often Unforeseen Addicted people are especially at risk of falling foul of the law. Addiction will try to destroy you physically, mentally and spiritually. It will also do its best to visit shocking legal problems upon your unsuspecting head. Consider this for example: they can throw you out of a pub for being obnoxious and drunk and that’s the…

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Self-Care Does Not Mean Self-Medication: The Wrong Coping Strategies for Stress at Work Can Lead To Addiction

Demanding jobs are the norm these days. They can be satisfying but are often highly stressful too.  Anyone involved with the public, such as police, health or social workers or teachers, might agree.  Stress at work can lead to addiction because we sometimes learn to unwind from stress in inappropriate ways.  Coping With Stress It’s been a tough shift, like many others. You’ve dealt with people’s blood, sweat and tears all day, and worse besides. There’s been aggro and despair, fear and sadness and relentless time pressure. Now you really need to unwind before it all starts again tomorrow, but…

Understanding the Mind of a Gambling Addict

Much compulsive gambling behaviour is based on unrealistic thinking, to a greater degree than that found in other addictions. We are all conditioned to gambling by life, perhaps unknowingly, but it is how we respond that dictates if we will become addicted or not. At Smarmore Castle, admissions for Gambling Disorders increase yearly.  “When I was young and unknown, I was called a gambler, as I continued with my investment operations, over time I was called a speculator. Now I am called a banker. But I have been doing the same thing all the time.” (Sir Ernest Cassel, banker to…

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Can You Drink Alcohol While Breastfeeding?

There are many misconceptions about drinking while breastfeeding and scientific research on the subject over the years has been limited. For new mothers it can be difficult to figure out if they can have a drink or should avoid alcohol completely. You can find out the latest HSE health guidance and research on this page. Drinking Alcohol While Breastfeeding The harmful effects of alcohol during pregnancy are well researched and have led to solid recommendations for pregnant women concerning alcohol intake. There is far less research into the consequences of alcohol intake whilst breastfeeding. Those wondering whether you can drink…

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The Surprising Benefits of Having 90 Meetings in 90 Days

As AA mantras go, this must be one of the most daunting, especially as its advice was often given to newcomers. You can imagine people reacting: “but you just told me to take it a day at a time…” Most certainly it is a big ask for anyone, but successful recovery from addiction is not for the half-hearted. It requires commitment. Questioning the point of following such a lengthy procedure is entirely understandable, but the collective wisdom of the Twelve Step fellowships should never be taken lightly. Some people go on to do ‘Ninety in Ninety’ after completing treatment at…

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Mixing Alcohol With Ibuprofen. Safe or Dangerous Combination?

Ibuprofen and Alcohol, is it Safe? Ibuprofen is one of the most widely used anti-inflammatory painkillers available. Its effectiveness in treating mild to moderate pain and fever makes it a go-to for many common ailments. Available without a prescription, it is strong enough to treat everything from fever and menstrual pain to arthritis and sports injuries. Given its widespread use, it can be easy to forget the risks associated with using ibuprofen, especially when used alongside alcohol. In fact, the potential dangers and long-term effects of mixing ibuprofen and alcohol can be serious. This article lays out the facts and…

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Is It Safe to Mix Antibiotics With Alcohol?

Can You Mix Antibiotics With Alcohol? It’s generally accepted wisdom that while taking antibiotics you should avoid alcohol because of potential side effects. While in many cases alcohol doesn’t actually make the antibiotics less effective, it can result in some unpleasant symptoms which, combined with the negative effect of alcohol on the immune system, can impede your recovery. Read on to discover exactly why you shouldn’t drink alcohol while taking antibiotics, some of the common side effects of combining the two and the impact alcohol can have on your immune system… It’s Important to Avoid Drinking Alcohol on Antibiotics Most…

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Stress Management in Addiction Recovery

Stress can cause addiction, exacerbate it and increase the chances of relapse. Because of the integral role stress plays in addiction, it’s critical that any treatment plan for addiction includes stress management tools. Whether you’re dealing with stress in your current life or are impacted by chronic stress in earlier life, alcohol and drug abuse can feel like an effective way to dull unpleasant feelings and boost your mood. Unfortunately, as stress management tools go, substance abuse doesn’t work well. It can result in addiction, in which the person looking for relief instead becomes reliant on alcohol or drugs in…

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Denial as a Coping Strategy for Alcoholism

Denial as a Powerful Symptom of Alcoholism  Chances are you likely have an idea of what coping is – we all have coping mechanisms we automatically use daily. But did you know that denial can keep you alive? Therapists and psychiatrists often talk of denial as if it is something terrible or unnatural. However often if you’re in denial, you’ll likely be trying to protect yourself by refusing to accept the truth about something terrible happening in your life. In the short term, denial can be a good thing as it can give you enough time to adjust to painful…