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Cannabis & Your Mental Health

Cannabis is the most popular drug in Ireland and a bigger threat to mental health than you may think

Cannabis & Your Mental Health It is warned that ‘free’ psychiatric services might be “overrun” due to a surge in young people requiring urgent treatment for medical issues linked to smoking cannabis. In Ireland, it’s recently been discussed that cannabis is posing a grave threat to the health of many young adults within the country. The College of Psychiatrists of Ireland has warned that an estimated 45,000 15-34 years olds all now meet the criteria for cannabis dependence. This means that a surge of young individuals may require immediate and urgent addiction treatment in the very near future. Cannabis stats…

Irish towns struggle with drug issues as cocaine addiction soars

Cocaine addiction and distribution soars in local Irish towns County Tipperary is a beautiful county in Ireland that’s home to lakes, farmland and mountains; its county town Clonmel in the south is often described as the gateway for exploring the region. However, as of late, Tipperary town has been a gateway for much more. Since January 2021, the Gardaí seized more than €256,000 worth of drugs, with cocaine being in a greater supply than ever before. The situation had grown so bad that Superintendent William Leahy temporarily dissolved the community policing unit for a period of six months so that…

€10,000 a minute spent on online Gambling

€10,000 a minute spent on online Gambling

Online Gambling & Addiction “Gambling addiction ruins more than one life and people chase losses with more gambling” – Senator O’Reilly The addicted gambler will experience and suffer from extreme mood swings and will most likely be battling co-occurring mental health conditions and disorders like anxiety or depression. On top of this, gambling can often lead to dishonest behaviour, which can encourage gamblers to be otherwise secretive or evasive regarding their behaviour. Smarmore Castle has an extensive gambling addiction programme. A new study found that 10,000 Euro a minute was being spent on online Gambling in Ireland, leading Senator Joe…

LGBTQ & Addiction: Causes, Resources & Treatment

LGBTQ Addiction & Recovery Ireland Irish studies have shown that members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community show higher substance abuse rates compared to the general population. More. Elevated feelings of guilt, shame and doubt are all products of the social stigma, discrimination and humiliating behaviour the LGBTQ community face and battle with daily. It’s these high levels of stress that can be particularly harmful to their mental health and push them towards alcohol and drug abuse. Raising Awareness on LGBTQ+ and Addiction 20-30% of the LGBTQ+ population are affected by substance abuse disorders compared to 8.4%…

Internet & social media addiction

Internet & social media addiction

What to do about it How to End Social Media Addiction and Protect Your Mental Health With the advent of the social media age, the concept of addiction to online social platforms has become increasingly concerning. Defined as a behavioural addiction, a social media addiction will involve being highly and overly concerned about social media and how you are driven to use it. However, there is a fine line. Most of us spend hours on social media every day, but it begins to become a problem when it affects our behaviour, the way we think and the way we act….

Irish Addiction Services see a major increase in demand since Christmas 2020/1

Irish Addiction Services see a major increase

Irish Addiction Services see a major increase in demand since Christmas 2020/1 Smarmore Castle is an addiction treatment centre about 45 minutes north of Dublin.  This means we are on the frontline coping with addiction problems here in Ireland. With many of us stuck in our homes since early 2020, life has inevitably become harder.  A lot of callers to Smarmore experienced at least some difficulty accessing drugs during the pandemic and as a result, some reported buying larger quantities online or from a different dealer, in a sense stockpiling. Being at home and working with the family around suites…