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How are we performing? Recent Patient Satisfaction Levels

At Smarmore Castle, we regularly survey patient satisfaction to make sure we listen and respond to what our patients are saying. Recent surveys from the first nine months of 2020 – including the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic – showed some very positive results: Even with the inevitable disruption of the pandemic, we maintained a rating of 100% overall satisfaction – with 62% rating our overall treatment as “Excellent”, 34% “Very Good” and just 4% rating us as “Good”. The strong quality of care provided by our team came through very clearly, with “Excellent” ratings being given to our therapists…

Chest Pains After Drinking Alcohol

Causes, Symptoms and How to Help Picture the scene: it’s the morning after a particularly heavy night before in Dublin’s pubs and clubs. You wake up, and alongside the murky memories and bloodshot eyes, you also feel an ache in your chest. Does this sound familiar? Perhaps you’ve experienced chest pain after a binge-drinking session with your friends, or during the festive season when drinking is aplenty. Described above is what some medical professionals have called ‘holiday heart syndrome’, when you experience an erratic heartbeat, feelings of breathlessness, or chest pain after drinking alcohol. It is called this because of…

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…

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…

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…

Types of Alcoholics: Functional Alcoholics

Types of Alcoholics: Functional Alcoholics

Alcoholism is still a problem in Ireland. According to Alcohol Action Ireland, from 1960-2001, 4.9 litres to 14.3 litres of alcohol have been drunk per person for those aged fifteen and over. There are different types of alcoholics such as functional alcoholics who appear sober in public but alcoholics in secret. Psychology Today says 20%-90% are functional alcoholics. The common stereotype of alcoholics is that they are alone, cannot hold down a job, and always appear intoxicated. Functional alcoholics are different in which they are middle aged, have successful marriages, jobs, and believe they have their drinking under control. They…

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…

What it Feels Like to Have an Eating Disorder

What it Feels Like to Have an Eating Disorder

According to Body Whys, up to 200,000 people in Ireland have an eating disorder. Eating disorders go beyond unhealthy weight loss methods but are about battling with your mind about what is or is not real. According to those with eating disorders on The Mighty, having an eating disorder is like the voice of a bully in your head saying hateful thoughts to you about yourself and then is sweet to you by promising to you that you will achieve happiness by listening to what that voice tells you to do. It feels like you are worthless but your life…

What Makes Someone Start Smoking

What Makes Someone Start Smoking

When you see people smoking cigarettes, you wonder what it is that causes people to want to take their first smoke and what is the appeal. According to the Center for Disease Control, 16.8% of adults smoke and there are 480,000 deaths a year in the U.S. from smoking cigarettes. It is important to avoid any triggers that can come from wanting to start smoking so that you can live a longer life and prevent getting lung cancer. Nonsmokers smoke to prove to a crowd and themselves that they are willing to try something risky. When someone asks you if…