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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

Step Two – beginning the spiritual journey

By Therapist Aisling Farrell `Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity’ Working Step Two is the beginning of a spiritual journey and helps in the belief that it is possible to let go of obsession and insanity and live a happy, healthy and fulfilling life. Step 2 is […]

How to Practise Mindfulness at Home

Anyone who stays with us at Smarmore Castle practises mindfulness, helping you develop the skills you need to keep yourself strong and continue into a healthy recovery when you leave treatment with us. If you’ve been with us and are looking for a reminder of this, take a moment to remember being in the meeting […]

Step 1 of the 12-Steps

Smarmore Castle’s treatment is based on the 12 Steps of addiction recovery, which takes people who are suffering with addiction and helps you learn how to beat your addiction. This article provides an overview of Step 1, and it may be helpful for anyone who has already been through 12-Step treatment to return to this […]

A reflection of recovery by a past patient at Smarmore Castle

A former patient at Smarmore Castle sent us this reflection, looking back at their recovery journey, and we hope this helps anyone who is daunted by the prospect of treatment for addiction. You can come through this. Reflection of recovery by a past patient “As I sit here – two and a half years clean […]