Can An Alcoholic Ever Go Back to Casual Drinking?

Beer tasting station; can an alcoholic ever go back to casual drinking, Castle Craig rehab

Many people decide that they want to quit drinking, for one reason or another. For some people, it is health or financial reasons, and some just don’t like how alcohol makes them feel. For others, however, quitting becomes a necessity. If you are an alcoholic, you can’t control how much alcohol you drink, and it …

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Is Alcoholism Hereditary?

Two women drinking during the day; is alcoholism hereditary, Castle Craig rehab

It is now understood that many health problems have a genetic component. So naturally it has been asked whether alcoholism is hereditary. That isn’t to say that bad genes be an excuse for bad drinking behaviour. However, studies have suggested that genetics do play a factor in the risk of developing an alcohol addiction. Genetics …

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Can Addiction Be Cured?

Woman drinking glass of wine. Castle Craig asks - can addiction be cured?

John used cocaine every day for three years straight and then one day, was able to quit and never look back. Meanwhile, Andy has been trying to quit drinking his entire life. And even after he finally achieved a sober period for 20 years, he relapsed. Did John discover a cure for addiction? Why was …

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A Review of Proactive Parenting by Mandy Saligari

Dad holding child in front of the sea; a review of proactive parenting by Mandy Saligari, Castle Craig rehab

Reviewed by Chris Burn, addiction therapist for Castle Craig Parenting receives a pretty bad press these days, and rightly so, in many cases. Busy parents don’t have time to fulfil this vital role, or they push responsibility onto schools. When parenting is inconsistent, casual, uninformed, or even abusive, the one who suffers most is the …

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What Motivates an Addicted Person to Recover?

Time for change - Castle Craig rehab explores what motivates an addicted person in recovery

The first step in recovery is admitting that you have a problem; the second step is having the willingness to accept or get help. For many people, recognising that they are engaging in bad habits is not difficult, but finding the motivation to address their addiction can be tough. This is especially true for functioning …

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What is it Like Being a Functioning Alcoholic?

Drinking at a bar; what is a functioning alcoholic, Castle Craig rehab

We all know that one person who’s always up for happy hour and ready to drink for any occasion. Something to celebrate? Champagne! Something bad happened? Let’s drown our sorrows at the pub. Bored? Maybe a beer will spur inspiration. These are usually fun, social people, and in addition to their impressive drinking skills, they …

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Why Does Joining a Support Group Work?

Support group joining hands, Castle Craig drug and alcohol rehab

Mutual support groups are often a first line of recommended treatment for addiction and work very well during continuing care. Joining a support group offers plenty of benefits and have shown to increase your chances of recovery. Many rehabs and other addiction treatment providers encourage people to attend support groups after they leave treatment. Whether …

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Do I Have to Quit Drinking if my Partner is an Alcoholic?

A couple gazing at each other; do I have to quit drinking if my partner is an alcoholic? Castle Craig rehab

Recovery from an alcohol addiction can be tough, not just for the person in recovery, but also for those around them. Finding out that your partner has a drinking problem raises a lot of difficult topics that need to be dealt with. Thinking ahead, people may ask themselves, “What now? How will life be different …

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Can I Quit Addiction On My Own?

Man holds sign with 'stop drugs', quit addiction on your own, Castle Craig rehab

So you admitted you have a problem. Maybe you’ve proclaimed yourself as an alcoholic or drug addict, or maybe you simply think that you have developed a bad habit of drinking a few too many on the weekend. Now what? Many people, even those with a serious addiction, don’t instantly jump to the conclusion of …

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