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The Sackler Clan - The Family Who Endorsed OxyContin

The Sackler Clan – The Family Who Endorsed OxyContin

Before the Sackler Clan came to being, OxyContin was just known as an experimental drug from Germany during World War I. When Arthur, Mortimer, and Raymond Sackler bought Purdue Pharmacy and advertised OxyContin to relieve strong pain, they became the 16th most richest family in the world. In Europe, 38.8% abuse opioids including OxyContin. Why does this family keep a low profile? The Sackler Clan learned the harsh realities that came from advertising a miracle drug and the deadly consequences that come from OxyContin. The Sackler Clan have estimated sales more than $35 billion ever since they released OxyContin in…

Christmas Recovery Thoughts

Christmas Recovery Thoughts

  Recovery from addiction is our priority and even Christmas should not be allowed to get in the way. Instead, we should use this time as an opportunity to revisit some familiar truths.   Recovery is for life, and so is Christmas. Every year they are there to be enjoyed. It is good for us to give them both some consideration, especially when this time of year can bring more temptations, for the maintenance of sobriety.   Carol:                                             …

Updates on Quality Standards at Smarmore Castle

Updates on Quality Standards at Smarmore Castle

New Consultant Psychiatrist, Dr. Gerard Lynch, appointed. New Clinic Manager, Mary Curtis, appointed. Smarmore Castle receives the Intertek ISO 9001 accreditation for quality management. Quality Standards at Smarmore Castle Smarmore Castle Appoints New Consultant Psychiatrist Smarmore Castle Private Clinic is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Gerard Lynch, MD, FRCPsych, as Consultant Psychiatrist. Dr. Lynch is the Chairman of the Northern Ireland division of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.  He joins a well established medical team led by Medical Director Dr. Hugh Gallagher. Dr Lynch has been a consultant psychiatrist since 1994 and has worked in the Northern Health…

Drug Addiction in Ireland

Drug Addiction in Ireland

Drug addiction became popular in the 1970s with many Irish using heroin. According to the Medico-Social Research Board, 14% from ages 14-24 in the north side of Dublin were using heroin all year in 1983. Many in Ireland use opiates, sedatives, stimulants, solvents, hallucinations, and drugs from headshops. Ireland needs to increase efforts to prevent drug usage or those statistics will continue to rise every year. In Ireland, there used to be headshops that would open every week that would sell legal drugs to get the Irish high containing substances like mephedrone which can be very dangerous. In 2010, many…

Change is Constant

Change is Constant

It was Greek philosopher Heraclitus who said that “change is the only constant in life.” It means that the world is always changing and so are people. Not only is change always happening but it also unavoidable. Being afraid of change is normal. Especially when change comes unexpectedly and everything that you are used to becomes different. The truth is that change is not something that anyone can hide from. If we knew everything that was going to happen with every choice that was made, then life would be boring and predictable. We need to accept and embrace change into…

The Importance of the Word “Recovery”

The Importance of the Word “Recovery”

September is Recovery Month Recovery Month started life in the USA back in 1989 The word “recovery” means different things There is a lack of awareness about recovery from addiction The terms ‘Recovery’ and ‘AA’ What’s the problem? Ireland’s Drinking Problem Recognising the word “recovery”   You would be forgiven for not knowing that September is Recovery Month — not just in Ireland but all over the world. Part of the problem is that the word “recovery” means different things: to those of us in the rehab sector it means “recovery from addiction”, but if you’ve had an operation in hospital you’ll…

Recovery Month - Recovery Check-Up?

Recovery Month – Recovery Check-Up?

Now in its 29th year, National Recovery Month (Recovery Month) is held every September It was started in the United States in 1989 by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association (SAMHSA) Recovery Month is now a multinational observance that has increased awareness of such problems and the possibility of recovery. Welcome to Recovery Month Now in its 29th year, National Recovery Month (Recovery Month) is held every September to demonstrate to people that substance use treatment and mental health services can enable those with a mental and/or substance use disorder to live a healthy and rewarding life. It…

16 Great Authors Who Struggled with Substance Addiction

16 Great Authors Who Struggled with Substance Addiction

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous character, Sherlock Holmes, was an unabashed cocaine addict. Historians have long speculated about Doyle’s own experiences with cocaine, but the evidence on that point remains inconclusive. Doyle may not have been an addict himself, but history is replete with famous authors whose drug use ranged from dabbling in addictive substances, to full-blown addiction.   Stephen King The horror novelist, Stephen King, was so addicted to cocaine that he claims to have little memory of the 1980’s. In his semi-autobiographical work, On Writing, he also recounts his problems with alcohol and painkillers….

More People Seek Treatment for Alcohol than any Other Substance in Ireland

More People Seek Treatment for Alcohol than any Other Substance in Ireland

In the year 2015, the last year of analyzed data used for the recent statistics released by the Health Research Board, more people sought out treatment for alcohol than opiates and cannabis. Alcohol abuse is a primary problem for most people seeking treatment in Ireland. Between 2009 and 2015, more than 56,000 people were treated for alcoholism. Alcohol use and Irish culture are synonymous. Throughout Europe and the UK, there is a heavy focus on drinking as part of a daily routine. Many people are dependent upon alcohol without realizing it. Due to the culture of heavy drinking, there is…

Ireland’s Problem with Codeine

Ireland’s Problem with Codeine

Solpadeine is an over the counter pain relief sold in Ireland, the UK and other parts of the world. Drugs like Solpadeine aren’t sold in the US because they contain an active opioid ingredient: codeine. Irish governments have set restrictions on Solpadeine and other codeine-containing compounds in current years because of Ireland’s growing problem with opioid addiction. People who relied on over the counter codeine medications find that they cannot get pain relief from other medications which do not contain codeine and therefore have to get a prescription from their general physician. As patients become increasingly dependent upon, or have…

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