Fentanyl Crisis in the UK – a Concern or a Crisis?

For some years now the UK and most of Europe have managed to avoid the worst of the crisis in fentanyl use that has escalated in the USA since 2010, causing a huge increase in the number of deaths from overdose. There are signs that this North American public health emergency which when combined with […]

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 […]

Fentanyl Addiction Treatment

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid pain reliever similar to other narcotics like heroin and morphine, but 50 times more powerful than heroin and 100 times more potent than morphine

Warning about Fentanyl Painkiller Abuse

A warning about the risks of painkiller abuse has come from the Channel Island of Guernsey, where heroin abuse levels are among the lowest in the British Isles.

Do I Need Detox?

If you are battling drug or alcohol addiction and considering treatment options at Castle Craig, you may be asking yourself an important question: “Do I need a detox?” Here we aim to provide you with a clear understanding of whether a medically supervised or assisted detoxification is necessary for your recovery. Detoxification, commonly known as […]

Medication-Assisted Treatment vs Abstinence-Based Treatment 

When you are living with addiction, it is not always easy to know what type of treatment is best for you. At Castle Craig, we can help you make a decision that can guide you towards a life of sobriety, where recovery from addiction is not just a hope, but a reality. Treatment comes in […]

Chronic Pain Management & Addiction

Chronic Pain Management & Addiction Some patients who come into residential rehab treatment may have an addiction that stems from the overuse of opioids and other painkillers to treat chronic pain. Many of the drugs that are used for chronic pain have addictive potential, these include codeine, dihydrocodeine, morphine, oxycodone, fentanyl and buprenorphine. Evidence shows […]

Cocaine Overdose

Cocaine Overdose: How to Help To a user, cocaine has this magical effect that makes you think you can keep going, no matter what. Your brain can’t handle another hour of work? “A line can fix that.” Too tired to party all night? “A line can fix that too.” Unfortunately, this superhuman feeling extends beyond that […]

Codeine Addiction: Codeine Overdose & Dangers

Are you worried you, or someone you care about, is currently experiencing a codeine overdose? This article will talk you through what happens during an overdose, what to do, and what treatment you can expect to receive.  It’s important to note that codeine is both a prescription drug and addictive, so in some cases people […]

How to Detox From Opiates

What Is an Opioid? Opioids are a type of medication used for pain relief that can be created synthetically or derived naturally from the opium poppy. You might hear the drugs derived from natural sources, such as morphine and codeine, referred to as opiates. Synthetic opioids can include pethidine, fentanyl, and tramadol. But what exactly […]

Can You Overdose on Xanax?

Xanax is a sedative prescribed by doctors for anxiety or muscle spasms and it is also bought illegally as a party drug. It is particularly strong and highly addictive, which means it can be easy to overdose on it. Here we explain the danger of taking too much Xanax, what to look out for if […]

Can Hospital Medications Lead to Relapse? How Big Is the Risk?

Hospitals are places where people go to get better, but they often dispense powerful medications and anyone at risk from addiction should take precautions to protect themselves from situations that could lead to relapse. Hospital staff are well aware of the dangers inherent in the drugs they use (which are powerful because they need to […]