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10 Things I Don’t Miss About my Alcohol Addiction

Living an Alcohol-Free Life – Why It’s Better than Ever From feeling constantly angry and depressed to being permanently broke, my alcohol addiction caused a series of bad decisions that I will always regret. Only the other day, someone asked me if I missed alcohol. Almost a decade ago, I had my last drink after twenty years of drinking anything I could get my hands on. No, I didn’t miss drinking – sometimes, my depression tries to tell me that I’m happier with a bottle in my hand, but I know that’s not true. When I was drunk all the…

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5 Lies I Told Myself About my Husband’s Drug Addiction

The Truth About My Husband’s Addiction that Took Years to Unveil If there’s one crucial thing I’ve learned is that addicts lie. It doesn’t matter how much they love you or your family unit; they lie cheat and steal. They lie to their bosses, families, friends, and themselves. It’s not personal. My husband hated himself for what he was doing, but his need to protect himself from the painful truth (his drug addiction was out of control) came first in our marriage. And just like his cocaine addiction paralysed him, it paralysed me also. There was nothing I could do…

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Dramatically Reduce the Side Effects of Cocaine

Understanding the Feelings of a Cocaine High Even the highest-quality cocaine carries the risk of overdose and poses numerous dangerous cardiac and neurological consequences. On top of that, cocaine is known to trigger mental illnesses or worsen the condition of someone struggling with depression, anxiety or bipolar. Regardless of why you choose to do cocaine or how often, the risk of dependency is extremely high. Harm reduction methods or reducing the side effects will only improve your chances; it will not make the withdrawal easier or make snorting cocaine safe. See our cocaine addiction treatment. You’ve landed here for a…

At Smarmore Castle we have developed a specialised and effective treatment programme for alcohol addiction.

The number of heroin users in treatment in Ireland hit record numbers

Record Number of Heroin Users in Ireland Needing Addiction Help Here at Smarmore Castle, we treat huge numbers of heroin dependent users every year. Over the last decade, our admissions department has seen substantial increases in heroin-dependent individuals seeking help, support and recovery. See treating heroine addiction. More information on our addiction treatment Alcohol Drugs Gambling But it’s not just our specialised addiction team that is aware of the ever-growing issue. The number of heroin users seeking drug treatment has reached record numbers in Ireland, with almost 11,500 receiving substitute medication. A particular 20% jump in Cork and Kerry was…

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More than 1 in 5 Irish Men are at risk of developing a gambling habit

Huge Rise in Gambling over 10 years Based in County Louth in Ireland, Smarmore Castle, a leading addiction clinic, feels very concerned about the current gambling situation spreading throughout the country. For decades, we have seen how addiction to Gambling can tear apart families and destroy lives – however, today, with the normalisation of betting, a fifth more young gamblers are at risk of developing a severe problem. See treatment for gambling addiction. We have seen a 31% rise in enquiries from gambling addicts to our treatment facility. We have also noted a rise in ‘Gambling’ as a secondary addiction…

Belfast Addiction Services

Types of Addiction Treatment in Belfast We understand addiction like no one else. Whatever your vice is, we know that addiction can often make you feel like you’re all alone, with no one there to listen or understand your story, let alone help guide you to the other side. And whilst addiction programmes can be few and far between in Belfast, there is help and support near you if you know where to look. Here at Smarmore Castle, we believe that everyone deserves to be heard and helped, so regardless of who you choose to reach out to, we are…

A gambling addiction can happen to anyone at any time. Gambling is so very addictive due to the potential rewards and dopamine release to the brain.

Why You’re so Hooked: The Science Behind Gambling

Gambling: What Happens in the brain when we Get Hooked – and How to Regain Control A gambling addiction can happen to anyone at any time. Gambling is so very addictive due to the potential rewards and dopamine release to the brain. When the brain reacts to the sensations of gambling or betting, its reward system can be easily altered, which leads it to form new habits that become extremely difficult to break; this can cause you to feel out of control and unlike yourself. But there’s a way out – get help for gambling with Ireland’s only dedicated gambling…

Evidence-based intervention techniques for drug addiction

Evidence-based intervention techniques for drug addiction

Staging Interventions for Drug Addiction In our own experience and recent research, an intervention for substance dependence is one of the most successful ways of breaking down denial and helping reluctant addicts find recovery. But for many, convincing their loved one to enter treatment for drug abuse is not easy and causes more harm than it does good in most situations. It just becomes a never-ending circular argument that ends in tears and inaction. So, if you’ve landed here and are reading this page, chances are your loved one needs us. Suppose your friend or a family member has a…

But until something terrible happens to you or a loved one due to alcoholism, you will never truly grasp the true magnitude of alcohol addiction in Ireland and the number of lives it destroys.

Quitting drinking, positive benefits of sobriety

Benefits of Stopping Drinking Alcohol Completely Just like cigarettes give warnings on the front of their packs, the dangers and health risks of alcohol are well-known, hugely circulated and easily ignored. Smarmore and long term sobriety But until something terrible happens to you or a loved one due to alcoholism, you will never truly grasp the true magnitude of alcohol addiction in Ireland and the number of lives it destroys. Rehab is a choice, just like alcohol might have been at the beginning. Many of the team at Smarmore have themselves recovered from alcoholism. We get it, we’ve lived through…

As addiction specialists, therapists and doctors, the team at Smarmore are always looking for ways to improve our Addiction Treatment Programme by keeping up to date with current research claiming to treat cocaine addiction effectively.

Scientists claim ‘another’ cure for cocaine addiction is in reach

Medical Opinion: Experimental vs Evidence-based Therapies for Cocaine Addiction As addiction specialists, therapists and doctors, the team at Smarmore are always looking for ways to improve our Addiction Treatment Programme by keeping up to date with current research claiming to treat cocaine addiction effectively. “It has been scientifically proven that residential rehab offers the greatest chance of long term sobriety for patients addicted to cocaine; there are always ‘experts’ that are looking to change lead into gold.’” At Smarmore, we have successfully treated over 3,000 addicts. We know that the substance or drug of choice is only a symptom of…