February 10, 2018

TED Talks on Addiction Part 5

The internet is an addiction when you absorb all of your free time with it. These are two TED Talks that explain about what could cause someone to be addicted to the internet and what can help you recover from it.

February 8, 2018

Footballer Kyle Lafferty Talks About His Long-Time Gambling Addiction

Problem gambling is having an addiction to betting and continuing to do so despite the negative consequences. According to Spun Out, there are 40,000 people in Ireland who have a gambling addiction with 40% playing the National Lottery regularly and 12% of adults see a bookmaker every week. Here is the story of one athlete who has recently come forward about his gambling problem.

February 8, 2018

Great Reasons to Stop Drinking Alcohol

Alcohol has the power to destroy your mental and physical health. According to the World Health Organization, Ireland has the second highest rate of binge drinking and 88 Irish people die from alcohol a month which would be a thousand a year. Here are great reasons to quit drinking alcohol so you can start your recovery.

February 6, 2018

How to Stop Worrying

Life can cause you to worry about the things you can and cannot control. Worrying may be a driving force in causing you to take action and solve problems but constant worrying is not good for your mental health when you focus too much on the what-ifs and worst case scenarios. Here are strategies to stop yourself from worrying in order to prevent your emotional energy being sucked away and interfering with your daily life.

February 5, 2018

What it Feels Like to Have OCD

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is a form of anxiety where you have distressing, repetitive thoughts which makes it harder to ignore them like fear of contamination, fear of hurting someone else, fear of your behavior, or the need for exactness. According to Irish Health 2-3% of the Irish have OCD. Sometimes it can be hard for those without this disorder to understand why those with OCD feel and do what they do. Here are explanations to what it is like to have OCD.

February 2, 2018

Drug Use Mixed with Pregnancy

When you are pregnant, you are sharing everything with your unborn child. Whatever you eat, drink, and the same air and blood supply. Whenever you consume any substance, it is important to think about the child you are about to give birth to. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health says that 4.5% of women from age 15-44 have done drugs during their pregnancy. Doing drugs while pregnant can lead to some permanent and deadly consequences for your child.

February 1, 2018

Compassion-Focused Therapy

Compassion is a very important emotion for all people to experience in order to help those who are suffering. We need to be able to recognize suffering and to lend a helping hand. Compassion-focused therapy promotes mental and emotional healing by encouraging compassion in themselves and others.

January 31, 2018

Coffee and Cigarettes- A Bad Combination

Having a cigarette with your coffee has been a trend for a long time. People take cigarettes to treat their nerves and coffee helps you stay awake. The truth is that coffee and cigarettes together can do damage to your heart as you are dealing with two stimulants.

January 30, 2018

Careers You Can Have in the Treatment Field

One of the best ways you can make use of your recovery is to be able to help others the way that others have helped you. If you take what you have learned on your road to recovery, you can be an inspiration to other patients going through addiction and teach them that they can make it through. You can work at research facilities, hospitals, detention centers, educational centers, private practices, methadone clinics, mental health centers, detoxification centers, and drug rehabs.

January 29, 2018

Binge-watching Can Affect Mental Health

A new hobby that people tend to partake in is binge-watching shows through services such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, HBO Go, Starz, Showtime, and more. Instead of waiting each week for a new episode of your favorite show to surface, streaming networks show a full season which can be as long as thirteen episodes. According to a study by Deliotte, 70% binge-watch shows more than watching traditional television.