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Alcohol and Viral Immunity – Heavy Drinking May Increase the Risk of COVID-19

With more people isolating at home, there’s been an increase in alcohol consumption throughout the UK. It’s tempting to reach for a drink when it’s right in front of you – even more so if you’re bored during the lockdown. Alcohol is known to cause damage to both the physical and mental well-being, especially if consumed regularly or in large amounts. More so, it can lead to a lowered immune response, particularly when combined with stress. With the COVID-19 pandemic going on, it is smart to take extra precautions to keep ourselves and each other safe. Since there is no…

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 For the latest information contact our Admissions Team on [email protected] or…

Coronavirus Guide to Recovery Meetings

Addiction Recovery Support During the Coronavirus Epidemic

In the midst of the coronavirus epidemic, the biggest factor that will affect your day-to-day life is limiting public interaction. You may need to work from home, might avoid visiting elderly relatives, limit public gatherings and if you have children you will need to look at home-schooling them should the schools close. If you have symptoms or have been in contact with someone who has the virus you will need to self-isolate. As a person in addiction recovery, this makes things complicated. After all, you need to attend frequent recovery fellowship meetings, especially in the first months after treatment.  While…

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…

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…