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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Preparedness and Response Update

Information on Actions & Measures Taken at Castle Craig Hospital At Castle Craig Hospital we are committed to providing compassionate care and a clinically proven treatment programme for people suffering from addictions. We want to assure you that our priority is to ensure the health and safety of our patients and staff. In light of rapidly changing events and guidance we have formed a Major Incident COVID-19 Response Team, composed of Senior Management, Clinical Staff, infection control nurses and other relevant managers. We are taking the following action: Admissions We are currently taking conducting telephone and online assessments for new…

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and Alcohol

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a highly complex, stigmatised, and often misunderstood mental illness. So is addiction. Either one can make life very difficult for a person. Having both makes for an even bigger problem. Sadly, the rate of comorbidity between BPD and addiction, especially to alcohol, is extremely high. About half of those diagnosed with BPD meet the criteria for substance abuse or alcohol abuse disorder. This is one of the highest rates of comorbidity with alcoholism among all psychological illnesses. When a person has both illnesses, diagnosis can be very difficult, mainly because both BPD and alcoholism share…

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.  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 residential rehabs, have dropped. Today, it…

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. 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 on the drug.  Prince was prescribed…