Concerns Over the Legalisation of Medical Cannabis for the Addiction Sector

Patient holding a medical cannabis pipe, Castle Craig rehab

On 5 March, the UN-backed International Narcotics Control Board released their annual report. The UN has finally published their long-awaited opinion on medical cannabis legalisation and programmes. They warn that poor implementation and quick expansion of programmes poses a risk to public health, particularly for recreational use. As we know at Castle Craig, long-term use …

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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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Memories of My First Day in AA

Memories of Chris Burn's First day in AA

by Chris Burn   ‘Keep It Simple’.   The words were written on a rather grubby looking card that was propped up on a shelf behind the speaker’s table. Similar cards bore slogans like ‘Easy Does It”,  A Day at a Time’ and the enigmatic ‘How Important is It?’  The room we were in was …

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iCAAD 2018 | Amsterdam

iCAAD 2018 | Amsterdam | Dual Diagnosis | Medical Addiction Events Conferences

Dual Diagnosis – The Expectation Not The Exception   Castle Craig Hospital are partner sponsors of a one day conference on dual diagnosis. The event is hosted by the International Conference on Addiction and Associated Disorders (ICAAD) in Amsterdam.  Location: Aristo Amsterdam, Teleportboulevard 100, 1043 EJ Amsterdam Date: 27th November 2018 Time: 9:30am – 17:30am …

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How Cold Weather Affects Our Alcohol Consumption

How Cold Weather Affects Our Alcohol Consumption | Alcohol Rehab Treatment

  Dr Peter McCann    The news cycle often highlights the stark differences in drinking cultures in different parts of the world. The binge drinking culture of Great Britain leading to animalistic Friday night scenes on the streets is contrasted with the Southern European practice of sipping a glass of wine while enjoying a meal …

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Review of ‘Hooked’ – The inaugural Exhibition

Review of ‘Hooked’ – the Inaugural Exhibition

HOOKED – “We live in a highly addicted society. In a choice environment encompassing everything from social inequality, genetic predisposition and peer pressure, everyday things transform into addictive substances and behaviours. (Science Gallery, London” – publicity material for ‘Hooked’.) Addiction Addiction is all around us, because drugs are all around us (caffeine, alcohol and nicotine …

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Computer Gaming – Addiction or Obsession?

Computer Gaming – Addiction or Obsession

Is spending long hours on one activity always an addiction? Many children spend long hours playing computer games. Six to ten hours per day is not uncommon.  if you’re a parent, you may be worried that computer gaming is an addiction. But is that really the case? After all, people spend long hours doing a …

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“You’re All Caught Up!” – Instagram hopes to beat addiction


“You’re All Caught Up!” – You May Now Resume Your Day: Instagram Takes a Step to Join the Humane Technology Movement The popular social media platform, Instagram, added a new feature that will (hopefully) help people use their apps in moderation. This update, along with other platforms’ similar efforts, is seen as a milestone for …

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Demi Lovato on Addiction and Recovery

Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato’s New Single “Sober” is Shining the Spotlight on the Struggle of Addiction and Recovery The tabloids, news and social media always keep us on our toes, especially with celebrity gossip. Some may argue that Demi Lovato’s mysterious tweets of a soon-to-be-revealed “truth” is a ploy for attention, but the revelation behind the “truth” …

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What is Inpatient Rehab Like? – A Patient’s Perspective

Inpatient Rehab clinic

This article will give you insight of a patient experience of residential rehab. From initial anxieties and concerns to explaining how new routines have helped… If you’re trying to decide whether an inpatient rehab clinic is the right choice for you then read on…   This interview was done on Tuesday July 24th with a …

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Cryptocurrency Trading: The Tale of the Modern-Day Casino

Cryptocurrency Trading

One of the trendiest gambling joints of the modern age is not located in Las Vegas or Macau or Monte Carlo – it can be found in most houses, offices and pockets or purses – Cryptocurrency Trading. In the 21st century, anyone can place bets on horse races, sports, or the stock market from the …

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