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Managed Alcohol Programmes: A New Strategy for Harm Reduction

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. 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 good evidence that these programmes are…

Am I an Alcoholic?

What is an Alcoholic? Characteristics & Levels of Alcoholism

An alcoholic is someone who has a physical and mental dependence on alcohol. We here at Castle Craig view alcoholism as a brain disease. Alcoholism is a serious psychological illness defined as the inability to stop drinking despite potential or actual, negative consequences. An alcoholic is someone who suffers from alcoholism. 4 common characteristics of alcoholics You’ll find many definitions of “alcoholism” and “alcoholic,” most of which have these four characteristics in common: Physical compulsion or need: Without a drink, withdrawal symptoms appear; you have an inability to stop or cut down on drinking. Mental obsession: You lack control and have abnormal cravings…

Participation

Public Participation Strategy 2008 – 2011 Castle Craig Hospital is focused on delivering a consistently high standard of healthcare, providing rapid access to treatment and good outcomes for those seeking treatment for addictive disease. We constantly endeavour to achieve continuous improvement of the care and services we offer to patients and their families who are referred to us from Scotland, other parts of the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States. Patient and Family Participation Castle Craig is committed to a policy of promoting participation in the planning and delivery of its services. Participation has already been incorporated into our…

Cryptocurrency FAQ’s

Yes – according to Dr Mark Griffiths, Professor of Behavioural Addiction at Nottingham Trent University and director of the International Gaming Research Unit…

Behavioural Addictions

At Castle Craig, we do not believe in a “one size fits all” approach to treatment. We treat each patient who comes here as a unique individual with specific needs…

Xanax (Alprazolam) Addiction

Alprazolam is a prescription benzodiazepine sedative. Alprazolam is the active ingredient in Xanax, the most commonly prescribed psychiatric medication in the United States…

Ritalin Addiction and Treatment

Ritalin is a central nervous system stimulant drug. Similar to other psychostimulants, methylphenidate-based medication like Ritalin results in feelings of pleasure, alertness, wakefulness, increasing body functions such as heart rate, temperature, blood pressure…

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Addiction and Rehabilitation Treatment Model

Making the decision to undergo residential addiction treatment at Castle Craig is the beginning of a life-long journey from admission and detox, to relapse prevention and discharge…

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Marijuana Addiction Treatment

Cannabis, or Marijuana, is a plant derived, psychoactive drug that is generally smoked. Its effects include changes in perception and mood, as well as feelings of euphoria, or relaxation…

Benzodiazepine Addiction Treatment

Benzodiazepines are Sedative Hypnotics which are depressants or sedatives. These prescription drugs are prescribed by doctors to alleviate feelings of anxiety, help with insomnia or other sleep disorders…

Addiction Treatment and Rehabilitation

Castle Craig is one of the world’s most renowned residential alcohol and drug rehab clinics and the UK’s only dedicated addiction treatment clinic with a 24/7 doctor and hospital standards. Since we opened our doors more than 30 years ago, over…

Stimulant Addiction Treatment

Stimulants are commonly abused drugs that increase energy and attention. Stimulants make people more alert, while simultaneously raising a number of body functions like blood pressure, heart rate and breathing…

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Sedative Addiction Treatment

Sedatives, also known as sedative hypnotics or tranquilizers, work by producing effects such as reduced anxiety or sleepiness. Physical dependence and eventually addiction to sedatives can occur when these medications are taken for long periods of time, or in higher quantities than prescribed…

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Behavioural Addictions, Treatment and Rehabilitation

Castle Craig is a world-renowned residential rehabilitation clinic that treats alcoholism, addiction to illicit drugs and prescription drugs and other behavioural addictions such as gambling, porn and gaming addiction.  Our highly sought out programme also incorporates the treatment of associated mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder, sex addiction. This is known as ‘dual diagnosis.’ “Addiction” in general terms refers to a state in which an individual experiences decreased control with regards to their desire for a certain stimulus, and/or increased feeling of routine desire for that stimulus. And while alcohol and drugs are often the…

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Alcohol Addiction Treatment

At Castle Craig, we believe that alcohol addiction, or alcoholism, is a primary, chronic brain disease. As a result, patients must undergo an abstinence-based programme in order to achieve long-lasting recovery and rehabilitation…