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Am I an Alcoholic if I Drink a Bottle of Wine a Day?

For many people, wine can be easy to drink. But if you’re drinking a bottle of wine a day on a regular basis you’re at risk of significant health issues. It can also be the beginning of alcohol dependence or alcoholism. This article explains: Why drinking a bottle of wine a day is problematic What low-risk alcohol consumption looks like How to identify if you may be an alcoholic How to seek help What treatment and rehabilitation for alcoholism involve? How Much Wine Does the Average Person Drink a Day? The statistics on average drinking levels vary wildly across studies…

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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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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…

Step Two – beginning the spiritual journey

By Therapist Aisling Farrell `Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity’ Working Step Two is the beginning of a spiritual journey and helps in the belief that it is possible to let go of obsession and insanity and live a happy, healthy and fulfilling life. Step 2 is a step toward hope and faith in recovery. Having admitted powerless and unmanageability in Step One, the second step offers strength and inspiration.  The spiritual principles that are the foundation of this step are open-mindedness, willingness, faith, trust and humility. Open-mindedness is required to look…

Mindfulness is an important part of recovery

How to Practise Mindfulness at Home

Anyone who stays with us at Smarmore Castle practises mindfulness, helping you develop the skills you need to keep yourself strong and continue into a healthy recovery when you leave treatment with us. If you’ve been with us and are looking for a reminder of this, take a moment to remember being in the meeting room with your peers. Now that you’re at home, life can get overwhelming, especially when you are in early recovery. You may be thinking about a new career, tending to your family, trying to save some money, or doing them all at once! Things can…

One step which can sometimes feel like a giant leap

Step 1 of the 12-Steps

Smarmore Castle’s treatment is based on the 12 Steps of addiction recovery, which takes people who are suffering with addiction and helps you learn how to beat your addiction. This article provides an overview of Step 1, and it may be helpful for anyone who has already been through 12-Step treatment to return to this from time-to-time. Step 1: “We admitted we were powerless over alcohol — that our lives had become unmanageable.” To admit that you are powerless over alcohol or drugs is one of the most challenging yet crucial aspects to recovery. This step can be very difficult…