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What Happens After Detox?

In order to beat a serious drug or alcohol addiction, it is often necessary to undergo a detox. This is usually the first step in tackling addiction and it deals with only the physical aspect of addiction. That is to remove the substance from your body, deal with any withdrawal symptoms and end up in […]

How To Stop Drinking Alcohol

You may want to stop drinking alcohol for any number of reasons. Perhaps you’re after the health benefits of sobriety, such as more energy and better sleep. Maybe it’s a challenge or a way to raise money for a cause close to your heart.  Or perhaps it’s essential that you stop drinking alcohol, to take […]

Am I an Alcoholic if I Drink a Bottle of Wine a Day?

For many people, wine can be easy to drink. But if you’re drinking a bottle of wine a day on a regular basis you’re at risk of significant health issues. It can also be the beginning of alcohol dependence or alcoholism. This article explains: How Much Wine Does the Average Person Drink a Day? The […]

Self Esteem – How Does It Relate to Addiction?

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.  We Need to Relate to Each Other  Very few […]

SAD and Addiction – Is There a Link?

At this time of year as the seasons change, people start to talk about 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 SAD (Seasonal Affective Disroder)?  SAD is a mental health disorder and recognised […]

Trouble With the Law? How Addiction Can Lead to Legal Problems

Addiction can lead to run-ins with the law in a variety of unexpected ways. Rehabilitation from addiction of any kind should not be judgmental and help is available for those attempting to recover regardless of past legal problems.  Legal Consequences Are Often Unforeseen Addicted people are especially at risk of falling foul of the law. […]

Self-Care Does Not Mean Self-Medication: The Wrong Coping Strategies for Stress at Work Can Lead To Addiction

Demanding jobs are the norm these days. They can be satisfying but are often highly stressful too.  Anyone involved with the public, such as police, health or social workers or teachers, might agree.  Stress at work can lead to addiction because we sometimes learn to unwind from stress in inappropriate ways.  Coping With Stress It’s […]

Understanding the Mind of a Gambling Addict

Much compulsive gambling behaviour is based on unrealistic thinking, to a greater degree than that found in other addictions. We are all conditioned to gambling by life, perhaps unknowingly, but it is how we respond that dictates if we will become addicted or not. At Smarmore Castle, admissions for Gambling Disorders increase yearly.  “When I […]

Can You Drink Alcohol While Breastfeeding?

There are many misconceptions about drinking while breastfeeding and scientific research on the subject over the years has been limited. For new mothers it can be difficult to figure out if they can have a drink or should avoid alcohol completely. You can find out the latest HSE health guidance and research on this page. […]

The Surprising Benefits of Having 90 Meetings in 90 Days

As AA mantras go, this must be one of the most daunting, especially as its advice was often given to newcomers. You can imagine people reacting: “but you just told me to take it a day at a time…” Most certainly it is a big ask for anyone, but successful recovery from addiction is not […]

Mixing Alcohol With Ibuprofen. Safe or Dangerous Combination?

Ibuprofen and Alcohol, is it Safe? Ibuprofen is one of the most widely used anti-inflammatory painkillers available. Its effectiveness in treating mild to moderate pain and fever makes it a go-to for many common ailments. Available without a prescription, it is strong enough to treat everything from fever and menstrual pain to arthritis and sports […]

Is It Safe to Mix Antibiotics With Alcohol?

Can You Mix Antibiotics With Alcohol? It’s generally accepted wisdom that while taking antibiotics you should avoid alcohol because of potential side effects. While in many cases alcohol doesn’t actually make the antibiotics less effective, it can result in some unpleasant symptoms which, combined with the negative effect of alcohol on the immune system, can […]