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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…

Prison is Not a Solution to Addiction

Prison is Not a Solution to Addiction

People who are arrested for crimes related to drugs or alcohol may help them get sober during their sentence but they will not recover when their sentence is over. According to the National Council and Drug Dependence Inc., 80% of crimes are committed that are related to drugs and alcohol. The National Association of Drug Court Professionals say that 95% of incarcerated adults return to substance abuse. Prisons need to try harder to treat offenders who are addicts or they will keep returning to jail and continue to ruin the lives of themselves or others. So far, only 20% of…

What it Feels Like to Have PTSD

What it Feels Like to Have PTSD

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a disorder of not being able to recover after experiencing or seeing something terrifying. According to PTSDUK, one in ten people have PTSD along with one in five firefighters, 70% of rape victims, one in three teens who have been in a car crash, and 40% who have dealt with sudden loss. You can either feel your life is in danger, threatened, or you have seen someone else dying or being injured. Having PTSD is about not having control over your thoughts as every day feels like the nightmare you have been trying to avoid…

Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy

There are some things that are hard to talk about to your therapist whether it is traumatic experiences or talking about things you do not want to admit about yourself. Maybe if you are left in a trance and speak without thinking so much about how to put your thoughts into words, it will be easier to open up to a therapist. Many are afraid to engage in hypnosis in fear of saying something embarrassing. Hypnotherapy is about using hypnosis to create behavioral and emotional changes that can help treat mental disorders. Hypnotherapy first came into being in the mid-19th…

Cycling in Recovery

Cycling in Recovery

When you were under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you filled up your free time by getting drunk or high. Being in recovery involves finding a better use of your free time as boredom can lead to a relapse. Riding a bicycle can is a great activity to do when you are in recovery as each ride will strengthen your body and your mind. Riding a bicycle can increase your stamina which will allow you to do more without getting tired. You can also burn calories faster as biking for half an hour can cause you to burn 150…

How to Mend Romantic Relationships Broken by Alcohol

How to Mend Romantic Relationships Broken by Alcohol

Alcohol can ruin a person’s mind, finances, career, and even relationships. An alcoholic can say or do things to someone they love without meaning to. It can be hard to mend a broken relationship but with hard work and effort from both people in the relationship, relationships can start anew. Sometimes, the damage is too much to be able to repair a relationship you cannot force forgiveness onto your partner. Being in recovery involves looking back at your past mistakes and thinking about the actions you can take going forward. In 12 Step meetings, you are told to make a…

How to Have a Sober Christmas

How to Have a Sober Christmas

Christmas is full of parties with drinks to celebrate with. It is hard to resist temptation when a lot of adults like to celebrate special occasions like this with alcohol. While it is hard, it is possible to have a joyous Christmas this year without falling under the influence of alcohol. Remember all of the parties they had in the past and how much fun they used to have could make them want to relive those memories. You can go to a party where you are reuniting with old friends and they want to rekindle their friendship with a drink….

Types of Alcoholics: Young Adult and Young Antisocial Subtypes

Types of Alcoholics: Young Adult and Young Antisocial Subtypes

You know you are an alcoholic if you have strong cravings for alcohol, loss of control to stop drinking, need more alcohol in order to achieve the effects, and experience withdrawal if you are without it. Young adults can experience these symptoms as well. Teens and young adults are the largest types of alcoholics which is all the more reason for them to seek treatment to prevent alcoholism to follow them through adulthood. According to the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, young adults are the largest groups of alcoholics as they make up 31.5%. It can occur with…

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…

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