Can Alcoholics Drink Casually?

For many suffering from alcohol use disorders, the idea of casual or moderate drinking is a risky one. It’s a common query and concern, often rooted in the desire to return to a sense of ‘normalcy’. However, the overwhelming consensus among addiction specialists, coupled with the lived experiences of many recovering from alcoholism, points to […]

12 Ways to Overcome Your Mindless Scrolling Habit

In today’s digital age, it’s become all too easy to fall into the habit of mindless scrolling. With the rise of social media platforms and smartphones, many of us find ourselves endlessly swiping, scrolling, and consuming online content without even realising it. But what causes this behaviour? And is mindless scrolling really a problem? This […]

Vapes: Side Effects of Vaping

Does Vaping Help You Quit Smoking? Vaping is considered to be one of the best tools to help you quit smoking, and you’re twice as likely to quit using vaping than you would we other nicotine-replacement products such as patches or gum. Not only is vaping less harmful than smoking, but you can control the […]

7 Unhealthy Coping Mechanisms in Addiction

Addiction, including alcohol and drug addiction, is a brain disease that impacts various brain functions to do with reward, pleasure, memory, and motivation. It doesn’t just ‘happen’, instead it typically develops over a period of time.  If you’re wondering what are the stages of addiction, they can be broadly characterised as initial use, which leads […]

Low Self Esteem and Addiction – How Are They Related?

Does it matter what others think of us? Apart from people affected by certain mental illnesses such as psychopathy, almost every one of us is affected to some extent by the opinions of others. Low self-esteem can lead to addiction and it can also reinforce it. Let us understand how low self esteem and addiction are […]

Seasonal Affective Disorder and Addiction – Is There a Link?

At this time of year, as the seasons change, people start to talk about the seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and its links to addictive behaviour, particularly substance abuse. The two conditions can be treated concurrently. Symptoms of SAD should never be ignored.   What Is Seasonal Affective Disorder and Addiction?  SAD is a mental health disorder […]

Can Social Media Help Addiction Recovery?

Can Social Media Help Addiction Recovery? These days, Twelve Step programmes are available to help recovery from any addiction. They have several defining characteristics: Acceptance, Self-help and Spirituality being notably significant. Perhaps less appreciated is the concept of Community that they all contain. The Power of ‘We’ The power of addiction cannot be overcome alone; […]

Citizen’s Information for Free Drug Addiction Services

Where to Find Information for Free Drug Addiction Services If you require free treatment for drug addiction, various options are available to you – however, it will depend on your needs and severity. In the public health service, non-residential treatment is free of charge. You can claim free addiction treatment services provided by HSE Drug […]

The Irish Rehabilitation Centre That Offers the Most Patient Facilities and Services

Irish Rehabilitation Centre: Smarmore Castle Smarmore Castle is the third rehabilitation centre opened by Peter and Dr. Margaret McCann that has been designed to help people recover successfully from drug, alcohol, and behavioural addictions. We define addiction as a chronic, relapsing disorder characterised by compulsive acting out, substance abuse, or drinking. Untreated alcoholism or drug […]

Alcohol and Recovery on St Patrick’s Day

St Patrick’s Day is synonymous with alcohol and this can be difficult if you are in early recovery from alcoholism. Even with bars and pubs shut this St Patrick’s Day it is hard to avoid discounts on sales of alcohol in the shops, and news reports say that people will still be meeting in secret […]

Quaaludes Addiction

Quaaludes were very popular in the 1960s and 1970s as a synthetic central nervous system depressant. It was originally introduced as a safe barbiturate substitute with people believing there would be no negative effects. Even though Quaaludes are no longer legal in the US, there are still people who are addicted and need to get […]

Environmental Factors in Drug and Alcohol Abuse

Just like genetics can have a factor in the chances of becoming an addict, the environment plays a big role too. If a person lives where they are surrounded by bars or drug dealers, the chances of becoming an addict can increase. It is important for schools and the community to expose teens to education […]