December 8, 2017

Substance Abuse and the Retirement Community

Many people over the age of 65 feel that once they reach the retirement stage of their lives, there is no more meaning left and that they have nothing to lose. According to the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, 17% of seniors over 65 have abusive prescription medicine and the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Inc says 30% of them are given the prescription medicine.

December 8, 2017

The Festive Season.  

For many, those words mean parties, self-indulgence, excessive eating and drinking, followed by a good sporting event on the TV (with perhaps a bet or two on the outcome). Happy days.

December 7, 2017

Cough Medicine Addiction

Every substance out there, legal or illegal, can be abused. Just because something can be sold over the counter without a prescription or asking for ID does not mean that it is safe. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 3.1 million people from ages 12-25 have used cough medication in order to get high. Cough medicine addiction is on the rise because of the euphoric the medication can offer and it is easily available.

December 6, 2017

What Makes Someone Start Smoking

When you see people smoking cigarettes, you wonder what it is that causes people to want to take their first smoke and what is the appeal. According to the Center for Disease Control, 16.8% of adults smoke and there are 480,000 deaths a year in the U.S. from smoking cigarettes. It is important to avoid any triggers that can come from wanting to start smoking so that you can live a longer life and prevent getting lung cancer.

December 5, 2017

Alcoholism and Pregnancy

Anything that a pregnant mother consumes also gets consumed by her unborn child. According to the Center for Disease Control, 1 in 10 pregnant women drink and 1 in 50 women binge drink which is more than five drinks a day. It is important for pregnant mothers to never drink during their pregnancy or to get help if they have to protect the health of your child.

December 4, 2017

Cycling in Recovery

When you were under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you filled up your free time by getting drunk or high. Being in recovery involves finding a better use of your free time as boredom can lead to a relapse. Riding a bicycle can is a great activity to do when you are in recovery as each ride will strengthen your body and your mind.

December 1, 2017

Prison is not a Solution to Addiction

People who are arrested for crimes related to drugs or alcohol may help them get sober during their sentence but they will not recover when their sentence is over. According to the National Council and Drug Dependence Inc., 80% of crimes are committed that are related to drugs and alcohol. The National Association of Drug Court Professionals say that 95% of incarcerated adults return to substance abuse.

November 30, 2017

Morphine Addiction

Pain reliever drugs have the potential to be abused too when people find out about the underlying effects they can give. Morphine drugs, named after the Greek G-d of dreams Morpheus, is a powerful narcotic drug from the opium poppy plant that can produce deadly effects to those who abuse it.

November 30, 2017

Genetics Playing a Factor in Addiction

Genes are composed of sequences of DNA molecules and are packed in chromosomes. Your chromosomes are your basic manual for traits. Genetic factors can include mental health, personality traits, and physiological reactions to drugs such as the severity of hangovers, risk-taking behaviors, and certain type of drugs. Out of the 46 chromosomes you have, 23 of them come from your parents.

November 30, 2017

  • New Consultant Psychiatrist, Dr. Gerard Lynch, appointed.
  • New Clinic Manager, Mary Curtis, appointed.
  • Smarmore Castle receives the Intertek ISO 9001 accreditation for quality management.

Quality Standards at Smarmore Castle

Smarmore Castle Appoints New Consultant Psychiatrist

Smarmore Castle Private Clinic is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Gerard Lynch, MD, FRCPsych, as Consultant Psychiatrist. Dr. Lynch is the Chairman of the Northern Ireland division of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.  He joins a well established medical team led by Medical Director Dr. Hugh Gallagher.