Drug-related Deaths in Scotland: the Ongoing Problem

Coffin with flowers; drug-related deaths in Scotland, Castle Craig rehab

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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Addiction Awareness Week

Castle Craig rehab supports Addiction Awareness Week

From the 10th-16th June, the newly created Addiction Awareness Week aims to highlight the devastating impact that addiction has on people. This includes stories from those who are affected, and those around them. The idea for Addiction Awareness Week comes from the charity Action on Addiction. During this week, we aim to raise awareness of …

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Kit Harington Checks into Rehab Following Game of Thrones

Kit Harington; enters rehab, Castle Craig

Best known for his role as Jon Snow in Game of Thrones, actor Kit Harington made the headlines after checking into rehab recently. He arrived at Privé Swiss, a luxury wellness centre in Connecticut, at the end of May. Haringtonis original statement mentioned he was there due to stress and exhaustion, it is now known …

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What is the role of psychotherapy in realising and sustaining recovery from addiction?

What is the role of psychotherapy in realising and sustaining recovery from addiction? By Guinever Robinson

Addiction is a chronic and debilitating disorder which is characterised by a compulsive need to partake in, and continue to partake in, some behaviour even when the behaviour becomes detrimental to the self. The category of addiction is broad and incorporates both substance-related addictions, such as alcohol dependence and drug abuse, and activity-related addictions, including …

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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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