Is Mixing Valium and Alcohol Dangerous?

Many people who have been prescribed a benzodiazepine like Valium aren’t aware that it shouldn’t be mixed with alcohol. Because both Valium (also known as diazepam) and alcohol are sedatives that depress the nervous system, taking them together will intensify the effects of both. Both substances are also capable of causing addiction, and this is […]

Ketamine Bladder – What does Ketamine do to the Bladder?

What Is Ketamine? Ketamine was first developed around 60 years ago. Initially, it was used mainly as an anaesthetic for animals. However, since its development, it has proven useful in other healthcare settings. These days, Ketamine has several medical purposes: Why Do People Take Ketamine? As Ketamine became more popular in the medical world, it […]

Pregabalin Side Effects, Dosage & Overdose

Pregabalin Side Effects Long-Term, Side Effects, Dosages & Overdose With the uses of Pregabalin expanding well beyond epilepsy treatments for many years now, addiction statistics and accidental overdoses have been on the increase for well over a decade. Described as the UK’s ‘new Valium’, Pregabalin’s ability to enhance the effects of other substances has made […]

The Dangers of Quitting Alcohol Cold Turkey: Navigating Sobriety Safely

Deciding to quit alcohol is a courageous step towards a healthier and more fulfilling life. While the idea of immediate freedom from alcohol may seem appealing, it is essential to understand the potential dangers associated with this approach. Is it Safe to Quit Alcohol Cold Turkey? When undertaking the road toward sobriety, it is necessary […]

Borderline Personality Disorder & Addiction

Addiction and BPD Borderline personality disorder (BPD) and addiction have much in common. Their side effects and causes are similar. Having both BPD and a substance use disorder can be challenging and seeking help can be even harder. Fortunately, treatment for addiction with BPD as a dual diagnosis is available. At Castle Craig, our experienced […]

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 […]

Schizophrenia and Addiction: Is Schizophrenia Linked to Substance Abuse?

Understanding Schizophrenia Schizophrenia is a serious mental illness that affects how a person thinks, feels, and behaves. People with schizophrenia may have delusions, hallucinations, disorganised speech, a lack of motivation, and trouble thinking. The symptoms of schizophrenia can make it difficult to participate in everyday life, but effective treatments are available.  Schizophrenia is complex and […]

Zopiclone Addiction: Signs, Symptoms & Treatment

Zopiclone is a widely prescribed sedative that is relatively safe when used short term. However, zopiclone is a controlled substance with abuse potential. As such, if used long-term or in large doses, zopiclone can be habit-forming. Here we explore the zopiclone’s effects, the risks of use, and what addiction treatment for zopiclone addiction may look […]

Klonopin Addiction (Clonazepam Abuse)

Prescription medication has many benefits for treating patients with anxiety and panic disorders. Medications like Klonopin help people manage their anxiety and overcome panic attacks; however, Klonopin and similar prescriptions have highly addictive qualities that can lead to addiction and health risks. Understanding the risks behind potentially addictive medications is essential to using these prescriptions […]

What Drugs Can Kill You, Keep Yourself and Others Safe

All drugs can harm you if taken irresponsibly or for a prolonged length of time, and they don’t have to be illegal to be risky. Alcohol, over-the-counter pills to relieve pain and well-known cold medicines are on sale in every single supermarket but they can all be fatal if taken for a long time or […]

The Dangers of Drugs and Driving

Drugs can be legally prescribed and purchased or they can be obtained illegally. Either way, they can negatively affect your ability to drive safely. Alcohol, itself a drug, tends to receive more publicity as a danger to drivers but other drugs have the same potential to cause accidents and casualties. The message from Government is […]

Xanax Addiction: Withdrawal Symptoms

Whether you have been prescribed Xanax for anxiety or muscle spasms or you’ve bought it recreationally thinking that it’s a safe way of giving you a buzz, you have probably found that when you try and stop taking it you experience unpleasant withdrawal symptoms.   Maybe you’re concerned that a loved one has become addicted to […]