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Is Alcohol Giving Me Insomnia?

The Link Between Alcohol and Insomnia Many people see alcohol consumption as a promoter of drowsiness. However, the opposite may be true. The build-up of tolerance and its effect on brain chemistry can disturb sleep patterns within a relatively short time. Regular heavy alcohol use is likely to disrupt sleep patterns seriously. Alcohol is a sedative that many people consume in the evening to help them unwind and ultimately sleep. This may initially work for them, but tolerance is established in a relatively short time, which requires increasing amounts of alcohol to obtain the same drowsiness. Jump to: Factors affecting…

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Borderline Personality Disorder & Addiction

Addiction and BPD Borderline personality disorder (BPD) and addiction have much in common. Their side effects and causes are similar. Having both BPD and a substance use disorder can be challenging and seeking help can be even harder. Fortunately, treatment for addiction with BPD as a dual diagnosis is available. At Castle Craig, our experienced team is here to help.  Rehab Costs & Options for Alcohol | Drugs | Other addictions What is Borderline Personality Disorder? Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a common mental health condition. It is a type of emotionally unstable personality disorder [1] that can have a significant impact on someone’s personal…

Cirrhosis of the Liver

Cirrhosis of the Liver

Cirrhosis is an irreversible form of liver disease that occurs in 15 to 30% of heavy drinkers. This condition can occur due to a variety of causes, including obesity, fatty liver disease, and hepatitis. However, alcohol is the most common cause of chronic liver disease (including cirrhosis) in the UK. What is Cirrhosis? | Causes | FAQs | Treatment Cirrhosis can be difficult to detect, as many people don’t show symptoms in the early stages of the disease. Often, someone won’t know they have cirrhosis until the condition has become quite serious. While scarring from cirrhosis is permanent, for many…

Most people are familiar with cirrhosis of the liver, but many are unaware of the risks of developing ascites as a direct result of liver scarring.

Ascites: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Developing ascites is a direct result of liver scarring Most people have heard of cirrhosis of the liver, but many are unaware that ascites (a-sigh-tees) can develop as a result of liver scarring in cirrhosis. Although Castle Craig is not a specialised centre for treating cirrhosis and its complications, we can help get the person on the road to an alcohol-free life which gives the best chance of recovery for someone with alcohol-related liver disease. Over 7 in 10 cases of ascites is caused by cirrhosis. Ascites can present serious complications in people suffering from liver cirrhosis and often indicates end-stage…

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Don’t say ‘Junkie’

Don’t say ‘Junkie’ – removing the stigma of addiction The Scottish Government has launched a national campaign calling for drug and alcohol problems to be treated as a health condition and urging people to stop using words such as “alcoholic” and “junkie”.  Rehab Costs & Options for Alcohol | Drugs | Other addictions  Public Health Minister Maree Todd said: “We want to make it easy for people to ask for help. We know that passing judgment on people who are looking for help and support can harm their recovery. When people are seeking help with alcohol and drugs, kindness and compassion saves lives.” Why has…

Alcoholic pancreatitis is a dangerous condition that develops when alcohol damages the pancreas.

Alcohol and Pancreatitis

Causes, Symptoms and Treatment Alcoholic pancreatitis is a dangerous condition that develops when alcohol damages the pancreas. If not recognised and treated appropriately, alcoholic pancreatitis can have serious consequences. What is the pancreas and why is it important? The pancreas is a small but important organ found in the upper part of the abdomen. It is connected to the small intestine via a tube known as the pancreatic duct. The pancreas contains two types of glands, which both have very important roles. Exocrine glands These glands produce important enzymes. During digestion, the pancreas releases the enzymes into the small intestine….

How is climate change affecting mental health?

Climate Change Anxiety and Addiction

The link between climate change anxiety and alcohol and drug abuse The impact of climate change arouses strong feelings among GenZ young people and older generations alike. People are starting to feel anxious, terrified, angry and grief-stricken – they also feel impotent, guilty, hopeless and depressed. Around the world, mental health is suffering and some are turning to alcohol and drugs in order to cope. What is causing climate change anxiety? In the face of compelling evidence of climate disaster, people are struggling to adjust. Maladaptive coping methods such as using drugs and alcohol to escape from the news of…

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Stomach Pain After Drinking Alcohol

Why does my stomach hurt when I drink alcohol? A stomach ache after drinking alcohol might seem harmless or a nuisance, but it could be a sign of something more serious. You might have a problem called alcoholic gastritis.  Rehab Costs & Options for Alcohol | Drugs | Other addictions What is alcoholic gastritis? Gastritis means inflammation of the stomach. The word gastritis comes from gastric which means “of the stomach” and itis which means “inflammation”. The walls of our stomachs are sensitive. If we expose them to excessive volumes of alcohol, they can become irritated and damaged. This damage leads to abdominal pain and…

There is great debate about the reasons for alcoholism and what causes it? It boils down to the question “why am I the way I am” or “why am I different from my friends and family?”

6 Causes of Alcoholism

Alcoholism: Causes, Risk Factors, and Symptoms The causes of alcoholism remain the subject of debate amongst doctors and psychologists, with many asking themselves “why am I the way I am? Why am I different from my friends and family?”  Rehab Costs & Options for Alcohol | Drugs | Other addictions Alcohol dependency is a disease, and it doesn’t discriminate. It can affect you, regardless of your age, gender, body, personal beliefs or ethnicity. Those who are vulnerable, struggling with anxiety, depression, PTSD, grief or trauma are particularly at risk.  If you’re suffering from alcoholism and feel as though your life has become difficult to…

7 reasons you might be addicted to alcohol

7 reasons you might be addicted to alcohol

What Causes Alcoholism? There is great debate about the reasons for alcoholism and what causes it. It boils down to the question “why am I the way I am?” or “why am I different from my friends and family?”  Rehab Costs & Options for Alcohol | Drugs | Other addictions Often one sibling in a family will be addicted to a substance, but the others live completely free of addiction. There are however factors that occur regularly in the background of many alcoholics and these undoubtedly have a strong influence on a person’s future behaviour. 1. Nature or nurture? Most experts believe that alcohol addiction…

12 step recovery programme: the science behind why it works

12 step recovery programme: the science behind why it works

It works if you work it, they say, but where is the evidence?  Rehab Costs & Options for Alcohol | Drugs | Other addictions Fast facts: There are an estimated 4,661 UK AA meetings and 723 English Speaking groups in Continental Europe. AA membership is estimated at between 23,000 and 25,490 in the UK 75% of members stated they have been sober at least 2 years 33% of those with up to 6 months of membership had up to 6 months of sobriety Source AA. They say, it works if you work it, but where is the evidence? In 1989 the American Institute of Medicine…

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Are Weed Hangovers Real? Expert Reveals All

It’s a common belief that, unlike alcohol, weed is hangover-free This derives from the belief that alcohol can be a more harmful intoxicant than weed (also known as cannabis or marijuana). As pioneers in leading treatments for cannabis addiction, we know this is not the case.   Rehab Costs & Options for Alcohol | Drugs | Other addictions How does marijuana cause a hangover? If you smoke cannabis, you will know of the foggy sort of mornings after late-night smoking and know of the residual effects you feel the next day. The more you smoke weed, the longer it will stay in your system – heavy…

Muslim Drug and Alcohol Abuse Rehab

Finding hope again: Essential advice for overcoming alcohol addiction as a Muslim If you’re a Muslim, you will undoubtedly know that drugs and alcohol are Haram (forbidden).  Rehab Costs & Options for Alcohol | Drugs | Other addictions If you’re struggling with dependency or addiction issues, or know someone who is, we know how difficult it can be to admit to the problem, let alone seek any help for it. It’s difficult for the average person to accept their condition, let alone someone bound by faith, pride and their community. “The intense stigma that many Muslims associate with substance abuse can stop people seeking life-saving…

How long does a bottle of wine stay in your system

How long does a bottle of wine stay in your system

How long does alcohol stay in your system: Blood, urine & breath? Drinking a bottle of wine a day is consuming five times your recommended amount, regardless of whether you’re male or female.   Rehab Costs & Options for Alcohol | Drugs | Other addictions If your consumption is increasing and you’re struggling to cut back, you’re not alone. In the UK, there are an estimated 586,780 dependent drinkers with only 18% in treatment. For confidential help or advice call us on 0808 115 6925. How long till the alcohol wears off? The number of units you drink will depend on the size and strength of…

Staying sober for one week. What is it like?

Want to reach seven days sober? Take it one hour at a time Whether you’re in treatment, detoxing on your own or in an AA meeting, it’s a really good idea to find someone who has been sober just a little longer than you have.  Rehab Costs & Options for Alcohol | Drugs | Other addictions The old-timers or therapists who have been sober for years are not as much use in the first week of sobriety. They have forgotten the shakes, the rage, the unbearable cravings to use or drink one more time. They might have even forgotten the agony of withdrawal. Once you…

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How to Deal with Stress without Alcohol

Stress is a natural reaction that occurs in response to our everyday experiences, and we all have to deal with it from time to time Whether it comes from our day-to-day responsibilities like work and family, or serious events such as illness or death, stress is an inevitable part of our lives.  Rehab Costs & Options for Alcohol | Drugs | Other addictions Problems may occur, however, if you begin dealing with stressful situations using unhealthy methods, like turning to alcohol. This page will explore how using alcohol to cope with stress can cause further harm to your wellbeing while also outlining helpful ways to…

Why Does Alcohol Cause the Shakes?

  This article is medically reviewed by Dr Peter McCann, MSC, MBBS. Dr McCann is a is a Psychiatry and Internal Medicine Resident at Duke University Hospital, USA.     What are ‘the shakes’ and what causes them? The ‘alcohol shakes’ is a term to describe tremors caused by Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome, which occurs in some frequent alcohol users when they suddenly stop drinking.   Rehab Costs & Options for Alcohol | Drugs | Other addictions It is part of a condition called alcohol withdrawal syndrome that occurs in around 50% of people with heavy alcohol use. In the mild form, typical symptoms other than tremor…

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Royal College of Psychiatrists show drinking has nearly doubled since lockdown

High-risk drinking has nearly doubled since lockdown, reports the Royal College of Psychiatrists, and addiction services are in desperate need of funding. Castle Craig’s data supports this, with website visitors more than doubling, a record number of daily enquiries to our Help Desk, and a rising number of enquiries about the Castle Telehealth online addiction therapy programme.  Rehab Costs & Options for Alcohol | Drugs | Other addictions The Royal College of Psychiatrists today issued a statement after analysing data from Public Health England which shows that the rate of people in England drinking “high risk” amounts of alcohol has almost doubled at 19% in…

How Has 12 Step Recovery Helped You Prepare for the Coronavirus Pandemic?

In recovery we remember the isolation our addiction brought us to, so we knew what isolation meant and how it felt. In 2020, that’s something which has been new for a lot of people – especially family members of those with addiction – they didn’t understand what it meant when we talked about those feelings of isolation. Now they’re really realising what that is and what that does to you.  Rehab Costs & Options for Alcohol | Drugs | Other addictions Most important of these is Step 1.  Step 1 – Admitted we were powerless and our lives were unmanageable In terms of global issues…

Bitcoin Addiction Treatment in the News

Global media coverage following Castle Craig’s press release about cryptocurrency/bitcoin addiction On May the 28th 2018 Castle Craig Hospital issued a press release: Cryptocurrency Addiction Now Treated at Top UK Rehab Clinic. Castle Craig appears to have been the first rehab clinic in the world to call attention to bitcoin addiction treatment. The UK’s Press Association picked up the story and then Agence France Presse delivered it to virtually every news desk in the world. It was a genuinely new story because the mainstream media hadn’t made the connection between cryptocurrency trading and addiction. Summary of the Global News Coverage on…

A Drug Summit Drums Up Support for Scotland

A Drug Summit Drums Up Support for Scotland

Drug summits are being held today and tomorrow to address the drug death epidemic in the UK Ironically, this is happening in Glasgow, which is at the heart of the problem.   Rehab Costs & Options for Alcohol | Drugs | Other addictions For Scotland, this is literally a life-or-death turning point as the country has seen some of the highest numbers of drug and alcohol-related mortalities in the world while having a drastic decline in addiction treatment funding. Since last year, Scotland has seen a 27% rise in drug-related deaths, with the majority of it being from opioid overdoses. Meanwhile, admissions to treatment centres, especially…

Fentanyl: UK’s Next Drug Epidemic?

When it comes to illicit drug use, heroin and crack cocaine are often considered the worst drugs someone can take. They are responsible for the majority of drug-related deaths and are the leading cause of concern in most countries. Now with synthetic opioids, particularly fentanyl, becoming more widespread, it seems that there’s a new epidemic coming. And soon, it is expected to hit the UK as well.  Rehab Costs & Options for Alcohol | Drugs | Other addictions Fentanyl has been around since 1959, but it first made headlines in 2016, when it killed Prince, an iconic American musician. He died from an accidental overdose…

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Managed Alcohol Programmes: A New Strategy for Harm Reduction

Is one solution to alcohol abuse… more alcohol? Some in Canada think so. A few years ago, several cities have implemented managed alcohol programmes (MAP) to tackle severe alcoholism, particularly among those with an unstable housing situation and who drink non-beverage alcohol.  Rehab Costs & Options for Alcohol | Drugs | Other addictions After several years of seemingly successful results, other countries including Australia and Scotland are interested in replicating the concept. Already, a homeless shelter in Glasgow wishes to pilot the idea.  While it’s true that such a programme appears to be beneficial in some way for some people, there is a lack of…