August 30, 2017

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.

August 30, 2017

Disturbing reports have come from the UK about gambling addiction on ordinary streets. Casino machines are now in corner markets and convenient stores, made readily accessible by business owners. Anyone can stop into a takeaway and spend extra money on a few rounds of gambling. Unfortunately, that simple and easy trend can become a major problem. Spending recklessly and uncontrollably, someone can lose their ability to even buy a takeaway meal for themselves, becoming completely addicted to gambling.

August 30, 2017

Fentanyl is a lethal and dangerous drug spreading its way across the world. Over the last two years, fentanyl has found its way to Ireland, in much the same manner as it has presented itself in other countries. Without any taste or color, fentanyl is hard to detect. This is why many drug manufacturers are using the drug- it is cheap, powerful, and undetectable. Primarily, fentanyl is being found laced into heroin as well as cocaine. In other parts of the world, fentanyl has been found laced into medications used for anxiety treatment.

August 30, 2017

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.

August 30, 2017

As part of the “Reducing Harm, Supporting Recovery” initiative, The State is hiring midwives who are specialized in addiction to help with babies born with addiction. Mothers who use drugs and alcohol during their term of pregnancy always run the risk of creating cognitive and developmental deficiencies in their unborn child. Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, for example, can take many forms like the development of mental illness or physical deformities. The use of heavy drugs during pregnancy can have a more cruel effect on unborn children- giving them an addiction they didn’t ask for.

August 18, 2017

Type the word “sober” into a search engine such as Google and get a definition like this: “not affected by alcohol; not drunk.” Look to a more official source, like and you’ll get a range of definitions including:

  • “Not intoxicated or drunk”

  • “Habitually temperate, especially in use of liquor”

  • “Quiet or sedate in demeanor, as persons”

August 17, 2017

Relationships are a necessity in life. Learning to have healthy relationships can present many challenges when you are living in recovery from mental illness.


August 16, 2017

People travel far and wide to get the treatment they need to recover from drug and alcohol addiction, in addition to concurrent mental health conditions. It is common for people to feel as though they need to get far away from their home environments where they have abused drugs and alcohol or become mentally unwell. Spending time away from home can feel like starting a new life, which is what many people do. They choose to relocate to the areas where they get clean and sober in order to stay connected to the community they have developed there.

August 15, 2017

Recovery can feel like a full time job because in many ways, it is. The many things you are told you need to do through a day to take care of your mental health are recovery based. You go to treatment, you go to therapy, you read books, you journal, you practice self-care, you talk about your feelings, you talk about your spirituality, and more. Recovery can take up many more hours of your life than you are prepared for it to take up. It is easy to get tired of recovery and want to take a break. There are healthy and unhealthy ways to deal with “too much” recovery.

August 14, 2017

Addiction can cause someone to become very manipulative in their nature, causing them to lie, cheat, steal, and hide the truth. You might suspect that someone in your life is abusing drugs like opioids but you cannot catch them or prove that they are. One of the best ways to identify opioid abuse is through identifying opioid withdrawal symptoms. During occasions when your loved one is trying to quit, or perhaps they cannot find any more drugs to support their chemical dependency, they will start to experience symptoms of withdrawal.