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The NHS defines bipolarity as a “condition that affects your moods, which can swing from one extreme to another”. People who suffer from this condition oscillate between depression and mania, which is a state of intense euphoria. Many people with bipolar disorder experience problematic use of alcohol and drugs. The link between bipolarity and addiction is stronger
This article remembers the addiction-related deaths of some of the biggest names in show business and asks why actors and singers appear particularly prone to alcohol and drug abuse. An early death February marked the one-year anniversary of the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died of a heroin overdose in 2014 aged only 46. His body
My addiction became problematic in 1995, but I wasn’t ready for rehab. I suffered from depression but I didn’t relate it to my drug use. My drugs of choice were stimulant drugs: amphetamines and cocaine. I had been employed since I left school in Glasgow, at the age of 16, and had a great job in the
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP), or equine therapy, is a complementary therapy that uses interaction with horses as a way of exploring a patient’s behavioural patterns in an individual or group setting. According to the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA), which is a leading authority for EAP professionals, this type of therapy is used to address “behavioural
We are pleased to announce that Dr. Glynis Read PhD, has been appointed to the position of Treatment Coordinator at Castle Craig Hospital. Glynis Read is a highly qualified and experienced psychotherapist, who will now oversee the management of our therapy teams and the development of the therapeutic programme. The position of  Treatment Coordinator is part of
A statement from Charles Kennedy’s family soon after his death acknowledged that he had lost his life to alcoholism. As the tributes poured in, and the memorial services took place, his family and friends will surely have been comforted by an overwhelmingly warm-hearted and generous response. Charles Kennedy was clearly one of the most popular and endearing
The Recovery Cafe is a phenomenon started in the US that has been taken up in the UK in the past ten years. The concept is to provide an alcohol-free social environment where people in recovery can socialise without being judged or scrutinised. In the UK, against a backdrop of a burgeoning drinking culture, recovery cafes are