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.

July 12, 2017

Pain management today has become synonymous with opioid medications. Once widely regarded as the sole treatment option for any kind of pain management necessities, doctors are now taking another careful look at opioids. Global death rates of opioid overdose have steadily risen in recent years, giving doctors a reason to reconsider their go-to prescriptions for pain management. Pain management does not have to be completely reliant upon painkiller medications, though they can play an important and even essential role in reducing the pain of pain management patients.

July 11, 2017

Two men sat by a fire in Akron, Ohio, in the United States. One, a man named Bob Smith, was a doctor who was a chronic alcoholic. He had fallen ill as a result of alcoholism, yet again. His pastors and priests, as well as his wife and children thought him to be hopeless. That was until he had the infamous night of talking with Bill Wilson, a man who had been recovering from alcoholism without a drink for six months. Sharing stories of war, professionalism, and drunken debauchery, the men also told tales of recovery and hope. Before meeting, the men didn’t know each other.

July 10, 2017

A diabetic is told they must refrain from eating high sugar foods in order to maintain their health. Every Time they eat sugar, they risk a serious health complication and push themselves closer to long term complications, which could result in deadly diseases. Most diabetics become extremely regimented in their diets, avoiding sugar and scrutinously managing their insulin. There are others, however, who disregard their health. Regularly, they indulge in high sugar sweets and treats, only to lead a system crash or worse repercussions.

July 7, 2017

Smarmore offers many luxuries and amenities to clients of our residential treatment programmes, each of which has a distinct purpose for addiction treatment and recovery. Sauna therapy is proven to have tremendous health benefits for mind and body.


July 6, 2017

Compared to 25 other countries in the Health Behaviour in School-Aged Children study by the Health Promotion Research Center, according to The Times UK, Irish schoolchildren have significantly healthier lifestyles. Nearly 75% of Irish children reported liking school, though 43% reported feeling high amounts of pressure from their school work. 50,000 students between the ages of 10 and 17 were surveyed by NUI Galway for the study.

July 5, 2017

Ketamine suddenly became a dichotomy in the headlines. At once, there were small, global reports from Europe, Asia, and America, that Ketamine was becoming a problem among young partygoers. Oft referred to as the “new ecstasy”, ketamine has found popularity in the club and party scene. As more and more people were developing addictions to ketamine and getting lost in the promoted “k-hole” of dissociative hallucination, scientists were looking at ketamine in another light.

July 4, 2017

While reports increase globally about the efficacy of Ketamine in treating depression or even addiction, countries in the EU become increasingly aware of how devastating ketamine can be. The psychoactive drug is classified as a dissociative drug because of its ability to create mental separation from reality, the body, and the self. Collectively referred to as the “k-hole” this point of mental delusion is sought after by the many men, women, and young people who abuse the drug. In practical application, ketamine is used as a tranquilizer for large animals, like horses.

July 3, 2017

Ireland has the third highest drug-death rate in the European Union. Ireland’s numbers alone are four times higher than the average rate of drug-death across the EU as a whole. 6,096 people died of drug related deaths between the years of 2004 and 2014 in Ireland. 697 people died in 2014. The National Alcohol Diary Survey revealed that 150,000 people in Ireland are dependent upon alcohol. 1.35 million people or more are classified as harmful drinkers. For the survey, 30 percent of the people said they have experienced harmful consequences because of their drinking.

June 30, 2017

200,000 people in Ireland are affected by eating disorders according to The Eating DIsorders Association of Ireland. Each year, 80 deaths occur as a result of eating disorders, severe mental health issues which cause extreme physical distress. Of those with eating disorders in Ireland, 85% of them are young females ranging in age from girls in their teens to young women in their early twenties. Anorexia nervosa, one of the most frequently occurring eating disorders, has one of the highest fatality rates across mental health disorders.