July 26, 2017

After completing a residential treatment programme for sex addiction, it is strongly encouraged to spend as much time in a structured, clinical environment as possible where abstinence is advocated. At least six months of sexual abstinence of all kind is recommended for those in treatment for recovery sex addiction. Abstinence is a way to make sure the brain is healing from its habitual chemical responses to sex and sexual activity.

July 25, 2017

“If anyone who is showing inability to control his drinking can do the right-about-face and drink like a gentleman, our hats are off to him!”

July 25, 2017

Smarmore proudly serves locally sourced food. Ireland is known for producing rich, nutrient filled produce. Recovery treatment has to focus on the mind and the body in order to support the growth of the spirit. By providing locally sourced foods, we help our clients heal their bodies while teaching them important life skills for when they leave treatment. Becoming deeply involved in a local community is a way to be connected in recovery.

July 21, 2017

Mental health recovery for addiction, alcoholism, or co-occurring disorders includes everyone. We can all support mental health recovery for ourselves, our friends, and our family members.


July 20, 2017

The brain is a fragile organ. Slight changes, blunt impacts, chemical alterations, or malfunctions like a stroke can cause permanent damage or change to the brain. Events like strokes are unpredictable. A stroke is a disease as well as a spontaneous event. Determining a stroke is not always easy. Most often, stroke can be identified through obvious physical symptoms. There will be a droop or drop in one side of the body. The face will appear to sag on one side as the nervous system gets confused. Muscle weakness, loss of limb control, and impaired speech will also suddenly occur.

July 19, 2017

How much alcohol does it take to transform someone into a completely different person? A new study published in the journal Clinical Psychological Science reveals that it isn’t any amount of alcohol which changes who drinkers believe they are, but the drinker's’ perception of themselves. Two large groups of participants were split into smaller groups and were tasked with a trying task of group puzzles and games.

July 18, 2017

Throughout the EU, over the counter drug addiction is becoming a problem surpassing in number the high effect of addiction to heroin and other opiate drugs. Treatment centers everywhere are seeing a sharp increase in admissions and calls for help from individuals as well as their family members desperate for a solution. Codeine, a liquid form of opiate used to treat severe cough, is mostly legal throughout the EU and certainly legal in Ireland.

July 17, 2017

Addiction to drugs and alcohol can leave the body weak. Destroying muscles, reducing strength, depleting natural energy, making bones brittle, and hurting joints, the impact can be severe. By the time a person chooses to seek residential treatment for drug and alcohol addiction, their bodies have been badly affected. Participating in regular exercise classes or fitness programmes isn’t possible. After detox the body can be even more exhausted, fighting hard to release the toxins produced by years of abuse with drugs and alcohol.

July 14, 2017

BBC reports on the revolutionary effect food can have in improving the lives of those living with mental illnesses.

July 13, 2017

“Hi,” we start off, “My name is _____ and I’m an alcoholic.”

I’m an addict, I’m a gambling addict, I’m a sex addict, I’m a love addict, I’m a sex and love addict, I’m codependent, I’m an overeater, I have an eating disorder. When we introduce ourselves at twelve step meetings of any kind, we introduce ourselves in this way. We state our name and we follow it by identifying ourselves. Some people see the identification in twelve step meetings as a helpful tool for their personal program of recovery. Others see it as an intimidation or as unnecessary.