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Mindfulness Therapy Can Support Recovery

Mindfulness Therapy Can Support Recovery

Mindfulness is the practice of awareness. In addiction treatment, the practice of mindfulness helps people pay attention to cravings and leads a person to realise which thoughts, emotion and body sensations make up cravings. Aside from cravings and impulse control, mindfulness therapy can also help in other aspects of addiction recovery.   More information on our addiction treatment Alcohol Drugs Gambling The primary goals of mindfulness therapy in the treatment of addiction include: Help tolerate stress, cravings and other urges Support healthy coping mechanisms for anger, fear or other negative emotions Becoming aware of all incoming thoughts and feelings, work…

The Stigma of Male Eating Disorders

The Stigma of Male Eating Disorders

What does the term “male eating disorders” mean? It stands out because eating disorders aren’t typically defined by gender. Both males and females can suffer with eating disorders of any kind. Anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorders, orthorexia, muscle dysmorphia, and other kinds of eating disorders or body image issues can be experienced by any sex or gender identification. However, eating disorders are more commonly stereotyped to be female issues. Females experience more physical scrutiny at a public level than men do. Men still feel pressures to obtain a certain body image in order to be considered “masculine” much…

Understanding Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome as the State Moves Toward Harm Reduction, Hires Midwives

Understanding Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome as the State Moves Toward Harm Reduction, Hires Midwives

As part of the “Reducing Harm, Supporting Recovery” initiative, The State is hiring midwives who are specialized in addiction to help with babies born with addiction. Mothers who use drugs and alcohol during their term of pregnancy always run the risk of creating cognitive and developmental deficiencies in their unborn child. Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, for example, can take many forms like the development of mental illness or physical deformities. The use of heavy drugs during pregnancy can have a more cruel effect on unborn children- giving them an addiction they didn’t ask for. Receiving everything the mother puts into her…

Substance Abuse Officially Added to Symptoms of PTSD

Substance Abuse Officially Added to Symptoms of PTSD

The relationship between PTSD, post traumatic stress disorder, and substance abuse is not without recognition. In order to cope with high amounts of stress and difficult emotions in living with PTSD, people turn to drugs and alcohol with numb their pain- both emotional and physical. Mental illness of any kind has been proven to increase the likelihood of substance abuse as a form of maladaptive coping as well as a result of compromised cognitive function, i.e. decision making. Just recently, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual Of Mental Disorders, widely regarded as an authority on mental disorders, has added “reckless and…

Ways to Treat Depression, Proven by Science

Ways to Treat Depression, Proven by Science

Depression is one of the most common mental health disorders, experienced around the world. According to the World Health Organization over 300 million people worldwide struggle with depression.   Many famous artists and musicians have been outspoken about their personal struggles with depression. Their particular art forms is the creative expression they need to effectively cope with their overwhelming emotions caused by depression. Though not recommended as a solitary approach to treating depression, creative therapies can provide a relief which is separate from traditional treatment methods.   Smarmore Castle Private Clinic offers residential treatment programmes for men and women seeking…

Challenges Created in Relationships When You’re Living with Mental Illness

Challenges Created in Relationships When You’re Living with Mental Illness

Relationships are a necessity in life. Learning to have healthy relationships can present many challenges when you are living in recovery from mental illness.   When you struggle with self-esteem, low self-worth, and a lack of personal identity, you tend to cling onto other people. In addition to being many other things, codependency is a behavioral process in which someone defines themselves through other people, particularly through their relationships with other people. Codependency can cause unhealthy attachments and responsibilities in relationships which eventually lead to resentment. It takes time, therapy, and treatment to fully examine the extent to which codependency…

5 Tips for Managing Self-Care after Treatment

5 Tips for Managing Self-Care after Treatment

Self-care is different for everyone depending on their unique needs in recovery. Taking the skills you learn in treatment with you when you leave is important for continuing to care for your health of mind, body, and spirit. 5 Tips for Managing Self-Care after Treatment Plan Out Your Day With Room For Self-Care: Having a daily schedule is a great way to manage your time, organize your stress, and reduce the risk of becoming overwhelmed. When you plan out your days using a schedule, you are able to see exactly what needs to be done and make room for change….

Should Ketamine Be Used For Depression Treatment? While Some Scientists Say Yes, Others Give Warning

Should Ketamine Be Used For Depression Treatment? While Some Scientists Say Yes, Others Give Warning

Ketamine suddenly became a dichotomy in the headlines. At once, there were small, global reports from Europe, Asia, and America, that Ketamine was becoming a problem among young partygoers. Oft referred to as the “new ecstasy”, ketamine has found popularity in the club and party scene. As more and more people were developing addictions to ketamine and getting lost in the promoted “k-hole” of dissociative hallucination, scientists were looking at ketamine in another light. More information on our addiction treatment Alcohol Drugs Gambling Headlines began to appear about ketamine being a breakthrough drug as treatment for depression and alcoholism. Increasingly…

Mental Health and Food

Mental Health and Food

BBC reports on the revolutionary effect food can have in improving the lives of those living with mental illnesses. “A landmark 2015 article in the prestigious Lancet journal stated that nutrition may be as important to mental health as it is to cardiology, endocrinology and gastroenterology.” Additionally, citing a study Australian study, the article emphasizes, “a mediterranean diet significantly helped many patients with severe depression within 12 weeks.” As the article points out, dietary changes are not routine practice for patients of mental health issues among their primary care physicians and psychiatrists. In residential treatment programmes, on the other hand…

Can a Stroke Cause Alcoholism?

Can a Stroke Cause Alcoholism?

Strokes & Alcoholism  The brain is a fragile organ. Slight changes, blunt impacts, chemical alterations, or malfunctions like a stroke can cause permanent damage or change to the brain. Events like strokes are unpredictable. A stroke is a disease as well as a spontaneous event. Determining a stroke is not always easy. Physical symptoms Most often, stroke can be identified through obvious physical symptoms. There will be a droop or drop on one side of the body. The face will appear to sag on one side as the nervous system gets confused. Muscle weakness, loss of limb control, and impaired…