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10 Commonly Abused Drugs in Ireland

10 Commonly Abused Drugs in Ireland

Heroin: An opiate with strong sedative and painkilling effects. You can feel long-term drowsiness as well as fall into a coma and stop breathing. It can stay in your system for three to eight days. Cannabis: A hallucinogen made from the dry leaves and flowering parts of the female plant. While you can get a euphoric feeling in the short-term, long-term effects include being linked with depression and schizophrenia, affecting memory, coordination, motivation, and mood. Cannabis can stay in your system for 2-28 days. Cocaine: A strong, short acting stimulant that come in the form of white powder. Short-term effects…

A Tribute To A Dear Friend & Colleague...

A Tribute To A Dear Friend & Colleague…

Our colleague and friend Billy Anderson tragically lost his life yesterday in a car accident. He will be sorely missed by everyone here at Smarmore Castle. Words from our team: “Everyone loved Billy. Kind, loving, compassionate, funny, generous, and energetic are just some of the words uttered this morning by his peers to describe him.” “We will miss his infectious laugh and high energy. Billy was an exceptional therapist and his dedication to the patients was apparent. They all loved him. What a sad loss to the world this is; a dedicated dad, a football coach, a comedian, therapist, and…

Will Roadside Drug Testing Help Ireland’s Prescription Pill Addiction Epidemic?

Will Roadside Drug Testing Help Ireland’s Prescription Pill Addiction Epidemic?

Prescription pill addiction has been a worsening problem for Ireland as it has for many countries around the world. Many opioid substances have been legal in Ireland for some time and prescription pain medication has been no less of a problem for Irish citizens than it has in other areas around the world. Irish Times reports that the Medical Bureau of Road Safety has recently spoken out about taking measures to “inadvertently” have an effect on the growing epidemic. “Roadside tests for drugs including cannabis, cocaine, heroin, and benzodiazepines were introduced in Ireland in April,” the article explains. “And commercially…

Highly Addictive Gambling Machines Becoming a Problem

Highly Addictive Gambling Machines Becoming a Problem

Fixed-odds betting terminals are taking Britain and Europe by storm. Highly addictive gambling machines are being inconspicuously placed in everyday locations, casinos and betting houses not included. According to The Daily Mail, a British publication, “The machines, which allow users to wager up to £100 every 20 seconds on casino games such as roulette and bingo, accounted for 96 per cent of all losses in excess of £1,000 in the betting shop and arcades industry.” The numbers are staggering. These statistics are only the beginning: More than £5,000 has been lost by gamblers in one gambling session on more than…

Addiction Counsellors Desperately Needed Throughout Ireland

Addiction Counsellors Desperately Needed Throughout Ireland

Ireland has the third highest drug-death rate in the European Union. Ireland’s numbers alone are four times higher than the average rate of drug-death across the EU as a whole. 6,096 people died of drug related deaths between the years of 2004 and 2014 in Ireland. 697 people died in 2014. The National Alcohol Diary Survey revealed that 150,000 people in Ireland are dependent upon alcohol. 1.35 million people or more are classified as harmful drinkers. For the survey, 30 percent of the people said they have experienced harmful consequences because of their drinking. Throughout the country of Ireland, there…

Among Other Drug Problems, Ireland Faces Decades Late Crack-Cocaine Problem

Among Other Drug Problems, Ireland Faces Decades Late Crack-Cocaine Problem

Crack-cocaine was a popular drug in the 1980’s. In America in particular and echoed throughout the world a drug epidemic spread. Few countries were hit with the devastation that America was. After the height of cocaine use in the disco era of the 1970’s, the eighties turned cocaine addiction into crack cocaine addiction. Maintaining a cocaine addiction became difficult for many people to do as the drug became more difficult to find and more expensive to buy after the market for cocaine started crashing. Crack is a form of cocaine. Cocaine is cooked down into crystallized rocks, which is where…

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…

While Addiction Increases for Adults, Youth Experimentation Decreases in Ireland

While Addiction Increases for Adults, Youth Experimentation Decreases in Ireland

Compared to 25 other countries in the Health Behaviour in School-Aged Children study by the Health Promotion Research Center, according to The Times UK, Irish schoolchildren have significantly healthier lifestyles. Nearly 75% of Irish children reported liking school, though 43% reported feeling high amounts of pressure from their school work. 50,000 students between the ages of 10 and 17 were surveyed by NUI Galway for the study. Other numbers produced by the study showed equal promise of Ireland’s youth, despite growing problems among Ireland’s adults. As adults face higher numbers of addiction, alcoholism, and poor mental health, the resiliency of…

Do Calories on Menus Trigger People with Eating Disorders?

Do Calories on Menus Trigger People with Eating Disorders?

Menus are now sporting calorie counts for people who are trying to get healthy and maintain a healthy weight. The act of counting calories is controversial as a weight loss tool and health management tool. Many professionals have argued that there are better ways to manage health without displaying calories as calories can cause an unhealthy obsession. Other professionals have suggested that counting calories is one of the only ways to properly maintain health, especially when someone with a weight problem is unaware in how much they eat. One population that this initiative does not take into consideration is those…

The Importance of the Word “Recovery”

The Importance of the Word “Recovery”

For the latest information on Recovery Month 2021 visit our Recovery Month webpage. 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…