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Can Social Media Help Addiction Recovery?

These days, Twelve Step programmes are available to help recovery from any addiction. They have several defining characteristics: Acceptance, Self-help and Spirituality being notably significant. Perhaps less appreciated is the concept of Community that they all contain. The first word of the Twelve Steps is ‘We’ – ‘We admitted we were powerless over alcohol/drugs/gambling etc, and that our lives had become unmanageable’. This small word has a deep significance. More information on our addiction treatment Alcohol Drugs Gambling The Power of ‘We’ The power of addiction cannot be overcome alone; help is needed and there is strength in numbers. It…

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Citizen’s information for free drug addiction services

Where to Access Free Drug Addiction Help If you require free treatment for drug addiction, various options are available to you – however, it will depend on your needs and severity. In the public health service, non-residential treatment is free of charge. You can claim free addiction treatment services provided by HSE Drug and Alcohol Services or other community and voluntary projects funded by the Drug and Alcohol Task Force. Treatment for drug addiction is also available from private service providers, like Smarmore Castle. For information about our services and rehabilitation treatments, contact us here. More information on our addiction…

The Irish rehab that offers the most patient facilities and services

Smarmore Castle Smarmore Castle is the third rehabilitation centre opened by Peter and Dr Margaret McCann that has been designed to help people recover successfully from drug, alcohol and behavioural addictions. Based in County Louth and within reach of Northern Ireland, we have successfully treated over 1200 people addicted to both drugs and alcohol. We define addiction as a chronic, relapsing disorder characterised by compulsive acting out, substance abuse or drinking. Untreated alcoholism or drug addiction destroys lives and families, and professional treatment is often needed. As addiction specialists, therapists and pioneers, we have spent a lifetime working on developing…

Alcohol St Patrick's Day

Alcohol and Recovery on St Patrick’s Day

St Patrick’s Day is synonymous with alcohol and this can be difficult if you are in early recovery from alcoholism. Even with bars and pubs shut this St Patrick’s Day it is hard to avoid discounts on sales of alcohol in the shops, and news reports say that people will still be meeting in secret to celebrate the big day. Many people wouldn’t believe it if we said that you can spend a happy and sober St Patrick’s Day, without drinking alcohol. Leaving alcohol behind on a day which is based around Guiness and Bailey’s doesn’t sound like the most…

Substance Abuse and the Retirement Community

Substance Abuse and the Retirement Community

Many people over the age of 65 feel that once they reach the retirement stage of their lives, there is no more meaning left and that they have nothing to lose. According to the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, 17% of seniors over 65 have abusive prescription medicine and the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Inc says 30% of them are given the prescription medicine. Senior citizens need to learn that going under the influence of alcohol and drugs is not a way to spend retirement but to use this stage as an opportunity for trying…

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…

Tedx Talks on Addiction

Tedx Talks on Addiction

Ted Talks are a useful way to educate an audience about something that they did not know about before. It takes experts in the field of addiction or mental health to truly reach out to an audience and explain to them what addiction really means. Here are a couple of TedX talks about the true dangers of addiction and the toll they can take on a person’s life. Addiction counselor Raj Mehta’s “Addiction 101”, a former heroin addict, educates audience on what it truly means to be an addict. He explains how we should not just link addiction with criminal…

Positive Thoughts For The Festive Season

Positive Thoughts For The Festive Season

For many, those words mean parties, self-indulgence, excessive eating and drinking, followed by a good sporting event on the TV (with perhaps a bet or two on the outcome). Happy days. It all sounds attractive to addicts – some of us were doing that sort of thing all the year round. Yet recovery is about changing attitudes and behaving differently. In early recovery we sometimes forget this and revert to old patterns of thinking. Christmas time is a good place give ourselves a reality check. Try challenging your attitudes to the festive season with these questions: Do I think I…