Almost 40 years ago, Peter McCann and his wife, Dr Margaret Ann McCann, began helping people with drug and alcohol addiction into a life of recovery. This eventually led to the founding of Castle Craig Hospital in 1988. As he celebrates his 80th birthday having spent half of his lifetime helping people overcome addiction, we asked Peter to look back on his own life, and the changing face of addiction treatment. A genuine understanding of addiction Peter’s passion for helping people overcome addiction came from his own experience, along with coming from a family with a medical background. “It was…
Self medication theory is the idea that people use substances or gratifying behaviours to treat underlying problems without the advice of and without following a prescription from a licensed healthcare professional….
Involvement of family members in alcohol & drug treatment & strong support networks of friends and colleagues is vital to successful addiction recovery….
Learn more about the negative effect that having an alcoholic parent can have on children-psychological, emotional, future addiction. Castle Craig rehab, UK…
Family therapy is important in addiction treatment – but what happens when family issues in addiction threaten a successful recovery? Castle Craig rehab, UK…
Read on to find out if you can prevent a child from becoming an alcoholic, and tips for parenting. Castle Craig drug and alcohol rehab, UK…
Does bad parenting lead to addiction? Read our review of Mandy Saligari’s new book on proactive parenting to see if she can help with answers. Castle Craig…
Unfortunately, we all do things despite knowing better and the younger kids start using drugs, the more likely they are to develop a serious addiction. If you can catch drug use early, treatment and therapy can prevent problems later on. Here are some signs your child might be using drugs….
It might be shocking to learn your child has been using drugs. Maybe you found something while doing laundry, maybe you got a call from the school, or maybe you heard a credible rumour. Now you have to figure out the extent of the problem and what to do about it….
If you are struggling with addiction, you likely have a close relative who does too. It may be a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, or sibling. It may be a child or grandchild. There are many reasons that addiction tends to run in families. Click here to learn more….
One step in a 12 Step programs is to make amends with those you have wronged when using drugs or alcohol. 1.2 million people are affected by drug abuse in their families. With a lot of trust and honesty, it is possible for relationships to be mended during recovery. Click here to learn more now….
For families that are struggling to understand their children or children who feel they cannot behave for their parents should look into Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)…
It is important to be sensitive and caring to children who are going through grief and to let them know that you will be there for them through this difficult time. Click here to learn more….
Children are very sensitive to the behavior of their parents at young, impressionable stages of development and the effects of parental addiction on children can cause long term mental health issues and make them prone to addiction….
The most important asset that a person in addiction recovery has is their family, which makes family communication dynamics extra important for families overcoming addiction….
When a family has a loved one in recovery, it’s important to understand the treatment process and how to prevent relapse triggers from creeping in. Learn what to expect in recovery and offer as much support as possible….
Family time promotes the integration of recovery and a newly sober loved one. Creating a strong foundation in the family home helps a loved one create a strong foundation in their personal life and their new life of recovery….
Addiction affects the family, friends and relationships of the alcoholic or substance user. Read Rose’s personal story of living with a cannabis addict. Alexandria Barley, Specialist Addiction Therapist comments….
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….
Sandra Swenson is the mother of two sons, one of whom is an addict. She shares her story as a way of helping other parents find a recovery of their own….
Advice from our therapist Gordon Hogg on how families can help someone who is in residential addiction treatment….
The children of alcoholics often seek help in therapy without realising that their problems started with their parents’ addiction….
Where there is addiction to alcohol, drugs or gambling, there is usually enabling by those close to the addicted person. What does enabling mean?…
Addiction is a family disease that stresses the family to the breaking point, impacts the stability of the home. Read more on dealing with a loved one’s addiction and how to find help….
A teenager has been awarded £500,000 compensation as a result of her pregnant mother’s alcohol abuse….