Addiction Advice

For patients and families Advice for people who are struggling with addiction - either themselves, or because of a family member or friend. In this section we aim to inform, advise and give hope. Please contact us if you would like us to address a particular issue.

For patients and families Advice for people who are struggling with addiction - either themselves, or because of a family member or friend. In this section we aim to inform, advise and give hope. Please contact us if you would like us to address a particular issue.

April 16, 2019

The Difference Between Binge Drinking and Alcoholism

Many of us have engaged in heavy drinking or know someone who enjoys an occasional binge-drinking session with their friends. Almost certainly, at some point a thought has crossed your mind, “Do you think you’re an alcoholic?” After all, an occasional night of heavy drinking has become the norm. It is now socially acceptable to go to a pub with your friends and have more than the recommended allowance of alcohol.

April 9, 2019

What Are the Benefits of Rehab?

Whether one has an alcohol, drug, or behavioural addiction, the benefits of a rehab can help anyone into a successful and lasting recovery. Ireland offers a variety of treatment options for addiction, ranging from self-help programmes to luxury residential rehabs. Although rehab is not the only option for addiction treatment, depending on the person, it may be the best treatment option.

April 3, 2019

Am I Married to a Functioning Alcoholic?

A functioning alcoholic (sometimes called a functional alcoholic) is not always easy to spot. Unlike most alcoholics, functioning alcoholics do not exhibit obvious symptoms of alcoholism. They also manage to be generally competent in all or most aspects of their lives, therefore avoiding the stereotypical image of alcoholism. They are often middle-aged, successful, and have a job and family.

March 14, 2019

Why Can’t Alcoholics Stop Before They Lose Everything?

 

Alcoholism is a chronic illness that takes over the mind, and sometimes the body as well. It is extremely tough to control one’s behaviour with any addiction and alcoholics find it harder to stop than most. Sometimes, an alcoholic has to lose everything before they decide to get help. Sometimes, even hitting rock bottom is not enough.

 

Why can’t alcoholics stop drinking?

 

March 4, 2019

How Does Long-term Alcohol Abuse Affect the Brain?

 

September 28, 2018

Teenage Substance Abuse

 

Ireland has one of the highest rates of underage binge-drinking in Europe, ranked fifth, and drug use among young people has been steadily rising. Binge-drinking is the most harmful type of drinking, and it doesn’t take much to get there - for young women, it means four or more drinks in one sitting, and for young men it is five or more.

June 8, 2018

What Happens to Your Brain When You Blackout from Drinking?

You may have had the experience of waking up somewhere unsure how you got there. Blackouts are common during episodes of binge drinking. The more frequently you drink, the more likely you are to black out. And while heavy drinkers tend to blackout more, anyone can blackout while binge drinking. It’s alarming to not know where you’ve been or what you’ve been doing. What exactly happens when you blackout?

June 7, 2018

Why is Cocaine so Bad for Your Brain?

All psychoactive drugs affect your brain, by definition. Habitual use will cause change neurotransmitter levels, making you physically dependent so you need more to feel the effects. Long term use of many drugs causes cognitive impairments, including poor memory, poor focus, and lack of coordination. If you quit, many of the withdrawal symptoms affect your mood and cognition, sometimes for months or years until your brain heals. Cravings may last for years or decades. Cocaine does all that and more.

June 6, 2018

Why Does Heroin Constrict Your Pupils?

Constricted pupils is one of the physical signs of heroin use. Other physical signs include bloodshot eyes, drowsiness or nodding off, sudden weight loss, and lack of motivation. Needle marks are another sign, but new users typically don’t start injecting right away. Many drugs make your pupils dilate, so why do heroin and other opioids make them constrict?

June 5, 2018

How Achieving Flow Can Help You Stay Sober

Most of the work you have to do in recovery requires some grit. You have to confront old wounds and examine some aspects of yourself you may not like. You have to learn constructive ways to deal with stress and wait out cravings. You have to make lifestyle changes like eating better and exercising. You need to find ways to relax, of course, if only to deal with stress. With all this work, the importance of positive emotions, and especially fun, don’t get much attention.