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August 30, 2017

Triggers are a part of living with addiction and alcoholism. The brain becomes deeply associated with memories, learning patterns, and habits of behavior. Cravings for drugs and alcohol can be triggered by something as simple as driving down a familiar street where a drug dealer lives or a party house is, perhaps by the local pub. Going abroad for treatment means endless new experiences which start to replace old experiences. Part of the experience of recovering from drug and alcohol addiction is recreating purpose, meaning, and experiences without drugs and alcohol.

August 30, 2017

Prescription painkillers can be sourced from two places. One is from drug dealers on the street. Buying prescription pills, making dirty deals with pharmacists, buying imitation drugs from manufacturers- however dealers get their prescription painkiller drugs, they are able to sell them illegally. The other option for getting prescription painkillers is not illegal. In fact, it is a common practice people incorporate into their daily lives on a regular basis. Doctors are a primary source for providing prescription painkillers.

August 30, 2017

Alcohol is part of Irish tradition. Alcoholism is part of a growing problem with substance use and misuse in Ireland.

 

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 dictionary.com 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.