July 31, 2017

To date, there has not been a recorded fatal overdose on marijuana. Marijuana can be a harmful drug in different ways but has not yet been found to cause a fatality strictly due to being high on marijuana. Some research estimated it would take tens of thousands of times the normal amount of marijuana to cause anything similar to an overdose. However, the likelihood of any average human being consuming that much marijuana without encountering other medical issues is small. For example, chronic use of marijuana can cause brain damage and/or lung damage.

July 28, 2017

Therapists generally are not supposed to give advice. They aren’t life coaches or mentors. The therapist’s primary job is to listen. Talk therapy revolves around the patient talking and the therapist listening to cues and hints as to what the patient is talking about. Patients, and people in general, are often unaware that they say more than they mean to say. Hidden within complaints and strife are words which indicate underlying issues. A therapist can sometimes provide feedback on an experience to point out some of the underlying issues which are coming up.

July 27, 2017

The loss of a close one can feel like a devastation from which there is no recovery. Turning to drugs, alcohol or other self-destructive behaviors only prolongs the grieving process, which can be healing. Residential treatment programmes including bereavement therapy can help the mourning process find completion while enabling self-care rather than self-destructive behaviors.


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.