We’ve long known that alcohol is bad for your brain. There are temporary impairments like slurred speech, loss of coordination and balance, poor judgment, and blackouts…
While it’s true alcohol addiction affects more men than women, women make up about a third of problem drinkers. That’s a lot of people. What’s more, the number of women with alcohol use disorder appears to be growing…
Brain scans show that in people who have struggled with addiction for a long time, the part of your brain responsible for rational thinking becomes cut off from the part of your brain responsible for gratification…
While anyone can develop an addiction under the right circumstances, some people are more vulnerable to developing an addiction for several different reasons….
You might hear in recovery “relapse happens before the first drink”. Relapse happening before the first drink refers to the headspace which is created before taking the first drink…
Early sobriety presents a number of challenges such as withdrawal symptoms, escaping triggers, and finding the urge not to pick up that drug or drink anymore. Another challenge that can come during sobriety is getting sick. Click here to learn more now….
While addiction recovery should be your primary focus, you are still allowed to live your life and have sober fun. Having a vacation when you are in early recovery does not give you an excuse to be on vacation from your recovery. There are many ways you find 12 step meetings all over the world while you are traveling….
When drugs and alcohol become a major factor in your life, the sudden absense of those coping mechanisms can cause a fair amount of grief and a sense of loss. Here are 5 ways to cope with this change….
The 12 steps are a recovery programme that focuses on the necessary steps a person must follow to come to terms with addiction and beat it for good….
Twelve step recovery programs are tried and true methods of addiction treatment but misconceptions about the method can prevent a patient from taking full advantage of its benefits….
Christmas is a difficult time for people recovering from alcohol and drug addiction. Addiction therapist Chris Burn shares his list of Christmas triggers and how to cope with them….
Prof. Jonathan Chick describes the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal syndrome. Read more on the effects of heavy consumption of alcohol and the brain chemistry behind it….
Read a personal story of how to get help if you are affected by someone else’s drinking. Alanon is a fellowship of friends and families of alcoholics….
The pressure of performance can make sportsmen turn to drugs and alcohol as a relief. Binge drinking is accepted in many sporting communities….
In order to achieve long term abstinence, people need a sense of purpose. You don’t have to be religious to participate in the 12 Step programme or fellowships like AA….
New York Times journalist David Carr died on 12th of February 2015, age 58. Here’s what we can learn from his experience of addiction to drugs and recovery….
Alcohol interferes with the brain’s built-in system for regulating sleep, and this can result in insomnia, according to new research….
Christmas can be a risk of relapse for people who are just out of rehab or are in early recovery. Read addiction advice on staying sober for Christmas….
Anonymous letter by former patient in addiction recovery presents alcohol as a seductive, faithless partner & shows how alcoholics struggle to get free of it….
New study finds a number of problems within Scotland’s alcohol treatment services. Several addiction experts at Castle Craig rehab centre comment. Read more….
New study looks at the different ways that men and women stay abstinent in Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). Read more here….
The 12 Steps are a therapy programme which can assist alcoholics and drug addicts to live a full and meaningful life without the use of drugs and alcohol….
Castle Craig Hospital launched a new website in Romanian, to compensate for the lack of addiction treatment information and fight high stigma against addicts….
The Road Less Travelled by Dr. Scott Peck is about the role of spirituality in addiction therapy, which was widely ignored by psychiatry at the time of publication….
One in five Scottish breast cancer cases is caused by alcohol. There is no ‘safe’ limit for women to avoid the risk. Read more….