Prevalence and Causes of Eating Disorders

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Although statistics show that over 1.6 million people in the UK have an eating disorder, that number is estimated to be much, much larger. Potentially, even four times that amount. Not only that, but eating disorders seem to be becoming more common and affecting all types of people. Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate …

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What to Expect When You Leave Rehab

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Your life changed the moment you walked into a rehab. Now that your treatment is over, it’s about to change again. For some, the notion may be exciting; for others, terrifying. Life will not be the same as it was, in both good and challenging ways. But regardless of the challenges you are likely to …

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Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and Alcohol

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Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a highly complex, stigmatised, and often misunderstood mental illness. So is addiction. Either one can make life very difficult for a person. Having both makes for an even bigger problem. Sadly, the rate of comorbidity between BPD and addiction, especially to alcohol, is extremely high. About half of those diagnosed …

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Emotional Sobriety: The Key to Addiction Recovery

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Recovery from drug or alcohol addiction is more than just becoming abstinent. A detox may help you get away from active addiction, but what stops you from going back to it, or trading one addiction for something else? The key is emotional sobriety. Given that there is no known cure for addiction, this is the …

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Alcohol Trends: Consumption Worldwide vs UK

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A recent publication in The Lancet gave new insight into global alcohol trends. Some of the data was mildly alarming; some pleasantly surprising. Because alcohol impacts human well-being on many levels, it is important to understand how consumption has changed over time and how it may impact the future. Given that alcohol abuse and addiction …

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Problem Gambling in the UK: Still Rising but Finally Taken Seriously

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Given the growing number of problem gamblers in the UK, the government, the NHS, and various charities have started to make gambling addiction a priority. The alarming rate at which gambling addiction in the UK and related problems are escalating has forced authorities to take more serious action. Although problem gambling was determined to be …

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Drug-related Deaths in Scotland: the Ongoing Problem

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Scotland’s drug abuse problem has been recognised for some time now. The movie Trainspotting first shed light on this epidemic, which has been growing since the 1980s. Unfortunately, the problem is still there and seems to be getting worse every year. More than drug use itself, the mortality rates are of great concern. Drug-related deaths …

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40 Quotes on Addiction and Recovery

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People often use quotes as inspiration. Why not? Language is a powerful thing. The right thing said at the right time is memorable, and can even be life-changing. In fact, at Castle Craig, we think it’s so important that we include it in our therapy. When dealing with addiction and recovery, words can be a …

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Alcohol and Chest Pain: Causes, Symptoms, How to Help

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Have you ever had an ache in your chest after a night of heavy drinking, perhaps over the holidays? Or maybe you even felt it a few hours after a binge-drinking session. If this sounds familiar, you may have a serious problem. While getting chest pain after alcohol consumption is not something that everyone experiences, …

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What is the Most Addictive Drug?

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Addiction is a complicated topic and what makes something addictive is dependent on a number of factors. In the case of substance addiction, it is often not only about the drug itself but the individual using it. This makes it harder to answer the question, “what are the most addictive drugs?” However, there are some …

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Setting Boundaries in Addiction Recovery

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Everyone needs boundaries. They are a set of personal values, guidelines, and beliefs that allow us to function in society. Setting boundaries is not just necessary for a person in recovery, but also for the people around them. Boundaries are especially crucial in the process of addressing addiction.They can help a person remain in recovery, …

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