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7 reasons you might be addicted to alcohol

7 reasons you might be addicted to alcohol

What Causes Alcoholism? There is great debate about the reasons for alcoholism and what causes it. It boils down to the question “why am I the way I am?” or “why am I different from my friends and family?” Often one sibling in a family will be addicted to a substance, but the others live completely free of addiction. There are however factors that occur regularly in the background of many alcoholics and these undoubtedly have a strong influence on a person’s future behaviour. 1. Nature or nurture? Most experts believe that alcohol addiction is a disease. With enough emotional…

Understanding the severity of your addiction / How bad am I?

Understanding the severity of your addiction / How bad am I?

How Serious is Your Addiction? So, you want to know if your addiction is severe enough for rehab? The fact that you’ve found us or are asking Google questions about your alcohol or drug abuse, might be proof enough that you need help. People who don’t have problems with drink or drugs: Do not usually try to cut down their drinking or change their drinking habits Do not need to swear off drink or promise not to use again Are not racked with guilt about drinking behaviour Do not Google am I an alcoholic? We do not need to spend time…

12 step recovery programme: the science behind why it works

12 step recovery programme: the science behind why it works

It works if you work it, they say, but where is the evidence? Fast facts: There are an estimated 4,661 UK AA meetings and 723 English Speaking groups in Continental Europe. AA membership is estimated at between 23,000 and 25,490 in the UK 75% of members stated they have been sober at least 2 years 33% of those with up to 6 months of membership had up to 6 months of sobriety Source AA. They say, it works if you work it, but where is the evidence? In 1989 the American Institute of Medicine of the National Academies (IOM) published…

What exactly are the recovery tools you’ll learn in rehab?

What exactly are the recovery tools you’ll learn in rehab?

What You Can Expect to Learn in Rehab When you realise that going to rehab is not just about quitting drinking or stopping using, you will begin to understand its true purpose, to make the changes needed to make using a thing of the past. Here we list the 10 major components of a successful treatment Help with thoughts & feelings | Healing trauma | Relationships | Boundaries | Self-care | Healthy routine | Relapse prevention | The 12 steps | Holistic tools | Asking for help Going to rehab gives you the opportunity to change your life and become…

Average residential stay in rehab

How Long Is The Average Residential Stay in Rehab?

How Long You Need to Stay in Rehab for a Successful Recovery If you know that you have a drink or drug abuse problem, often one of the biggest concerns is how long it will take to recover. Whilst this is a legitimate concern, your first priority should be conquering the disease, not putting a time limit on it. Attending a treatment centre like Castle Craig will see you be in treatment for a minimum of 5 weeks. The results we have recorded from our evidence-based programmes have shown that a minimum of 5 weeks in treatment has meant more…

Average residential stay in rehab

Understanding the severity of your addiction

How Bad is Your Addiction? So, you want to know if your addiction is severe enough for treatment. The fact that you’ve found us, or are asking Google questions about your alcohol or drug abuse, might be proof enough that you need help. We do not need to waste time detailing physical and psychological signs of addiction – you know the effects alcohol and drugs has over your mind and body, the question is ‘are you bad enough?’ Let’s find out… The quickest and most accurate way to tell Free addiction assessments provided by Castle Craig’s expert admission team will…

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Why see a psychiatrist for addiction?

Psychiatrists Provide Essential Treatment for Addiction Addiction is a challenging struggle, one which is difficult to overcome. However, addiction can be even more impossible to conquer without the right psychiatric help. Why do I need to see a psychiatrist for a drug or alcohol problem?    Intro by Dr Mike McPhillips/Chelsea Consulting Rooms Psychiatrists are qualified medical doctors, who then go on to do a long postgraduate training in all forms of mental disorders.   They spend most of their time treating outpatients, but their most unwell patients sometimes become inpatients, so in addition to their outpatient practice, most private…

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Are Weed Hangovers Real? Expert Reveals All

It’s a common belief that, unlike alcohol, weed is hangover-free This derives from the belief that alcohol can be a more harmful intoxicant than weed (also known as cannabis or marijuana). As pioneers in leading treatments for cannabis addiction, we know this is not the case.  How does marijuana cause a hangover? If you smoke cannabis, you will know of the foggy sort of mornings after late-night smoking and know of the residual effects you feel the next day. The more you smoke weed, the longer it will stay in your system – heavy users often test positive a month…

How many people seek treatment for drug and alcohol addiction in the UK

How many people seek rehab for drug and alcohol addiction in the UK

UK Addiction Facts and Figures Who exactly goes to rehab and why (Figures include charity, local Government and NHS (2019-20, adults, non-private) Some addicts suffer from more than one addiction, ie opiates and alcohol Rehab is loosely defined as a resource of structure residential or non-residential care How many people request drug or alcohol treatment in the UK Over a quarter of a million adults in the UK sought treatment for alcohol or drug addiction. This is largely the same as in 2018/9. Approximately half were offered some sort of treatment. 90% of these patients were seen within the community…

What is crisis care and how to access emergency care for addiction

What is crisis care and how to access emergency care for addiction

Crisis Care & Emergency Admissions for Addiction An addictions crisis describes a situation where a someone’s behaviour exposes them to a greater risk of harming themselves or others through drugs or alcohol. You may have heard of this described as ‘rock bottom’. Their mental health disorder and/or substance abuse could have prevented them from being able to care efficiently for themselves or function properly within their communities. Anyone can experience a mental health crisis, at any time in their life. The crisis or breakdown may have been brought on by initial feelings of guilt, anger and grief – but whatever…

Muslim Drug and Alcohol Abuse Rehab

Finding hope again: Essential advice for overcoming alcohol addiction as a Muslim If you’re a Muslim, you will undoubtedly know that drugs and alcohol are Haram (forbidden). If you’re struggling with dependency or addiction issues, or know someone who is, we know how difficult it can be to admit to the problem, let alone seek any help for it. It’s difficult for the average person to accept their condition, let alone someone bound by faith, pride and their community. “The intense stigma that many Muslims associate with substance abuse can stop people seeking life-saving treatment.” In Islam, life is considered…

How long does a bottle of wine stay in your system

How long does a bottle of wine stay in your system

How long does alcohol stay in your system: Blood, urine & breath? Drinking a bottle of wine a day is consuming five times your recommended amount, regardless of whether you’re male or female.  If your consumption is increasing and you’re struggling to cut back, you’re not alone. In the UK, there are an estimated 586,780 dependent drinkers with only 18% in treatment. For confidential help or advice call us on 0808 115 6925. How long till the alcohol wears off? The number of units you drink will depend on the size and strength of your alcoholic drink. Generally speaking, it…

Staying sober for one week. What is it like?

Want to reach seven days sober? Take it one hour at a time Whether you’re in treatment, detoxing on your own or in an AA meeting, it’s a really good idea to find someone who has been sober just a little longer than you have. The old-timers or therapists who have been sober for years are not as much use in the first week of sobriety. They have forgotten the shakes, the rage, the unbearable cravings to use or drink one more time. They might have even forgotten the agony of withdrawal. Once you decide to get sober, your first…

Alternatives to private rehab for addiction recovery

Alternatives to private rehab for addiction recovery

No single treatment type is right for everyone Plenty of people in the public eye talk about going to rehab. Many musicians, actors and artists speak very openly about it, but is this the only type of drug and alcohol addiction treatment on offer? The answer is: No, there are in fact other options available to you, and your GP may be a good place to start. Organisations range from NHS treatment to charities and private companies. However, the quality of care varies and many have long waiting lists. Your options often depend on several factors Age  Financial situation Length…

There Is No Rehab Centre Near Me, What Should I Do?

Finding a rehab centre is easy, but finding a world-class treatment centre near you is harder. So what should you be looking for? While there are many private residential rehabs in the UK, the number is still in the very low hundreds and they are mainly found in or around cities. Other inpatient NHS treatment centres are available, however, the number of these facilities is just as low and entry waiting lists are long. Although cities can be well serviced, outside of urban areas rehabs are thin on the ground. So what should you do if you’re in need of treatment?…

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How a day in rehab works, timetables schedules/structure

What A Typical Day in Rehab Looks Like Every patient is an individual and has different needs and requirements. However, there is common ground within all addiction treatment that can be incorporated in a ‘programme.’ When starting one of our addiction recovery programmes, people work with their therapist and consultant psychiatrists on their addiction and co-occurring issues that leads them to use or drink in the first place. Many patients have a dual diagnosis. This means they may present symptoms of poor mental health. This is also treated at Castle Craig. Our model is not a ‘one size fits all’….

I wish I knew then what I know now: a journey through rehab

I wish I knew then what I know now: a journey through rehab

When you are ill and in the throes of addiction, disasters seem to follow you around When you are ill and in the throes of addiction, disasters seem to follow you around while drinking, lying, sleeping, crying, using, shouting or simply blacking out One thing is certain though: you know absolutely nothing about getting sober.  Denial is something that therapists frown on, but for the active alcoholic, it can keep you and your addiction alive. “It’s not too bad, it will get better, she/he will fix me, that car/job/new phone will magically make everything better.” But it doesn’t, does it?…

Choosing the right rehab. Local nationwide or abroad, where to go for rehab

Choosing the right rehab. Local, nationwide or abroad, where to go for rehab?

Which where and why? Now that you’ve decided to get help for your drug or alcohol addiction, the next step is to look into the most suitable rehabs that can equip you with the right tools for long-term sobriety. City or countryside?  The type of location is often a personal choice. Some people find being in the countryside more relaxing, others want to remain in a town or city. It is important to remember that you only really leave the facilities during a stay in residential rehab to go to an AA or NA meeting. Recreational outings such as they…

How to Help Someone with an Addiction

How to Help an Addicted Friend or Family member This section will guide you on how to help someone with an addiction. When someone struggles with addiction, it can have serious negative effects on their relationships with family, friends, and work colleagues. If you know or suspect that someone in your life suffers from alcohol or drug addiction, you will probably want to help the one that you love, but this can be met with hostility or denial. Addiction is a chronic,  often relapsing emotional illness, and the path to recovery for someone who is addicted is often a long…

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How to Deal with Stress without Alcohol

Stress is a natural reaction that occurs in response to our everyday experiences, and we all have to deal with it from time to time Whether it comes from our day-to-day responsibilities like work and family, or serious events such as illness or death, stress is an inevitable part of our lives. Problems may occur, however, if you begin dealing with stressful situations using unhealthy methods, like turning to alcohol. This page will explore how using alcohol to cope with stress can cause further harm to your wellbeing while also outlining helpful ways to manage these feelings. Stress and alcohol…

Why Does Alcohol Cause the Shakes?

  This article is medically reviewed by Dr Peter McCann, MSC, MBBS. Dr McCann is a is a Psychiatry and Internal Medicine Resident at Duke University Hospital, USA.     What are ‘the shakes’ and what causes them? The ‘alcohol shakes’ is a term to describe tremors caused by Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome, which occurs in some frequent alcohol users when they suddenly stop drinking.  It is part of a condition called alcohol withdrawal syndrome that occurs in around 50% of people with heavy alcohol use. In the mild form, typical symptoms other than tremor include anxiety, sweating, nausea, restlessness, headaches…

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Safety Response

Castle Craig is open and Covid-free and we continue to offer our much needed residential addiction treatment for patients during the Coronavirus pandemic. Travel to Scotland from the rest of the UK and all European countries is allowed for healthcare purposes. These are difficult times and we want to reassure our patients, their families and people who desperately need treatment for alcohol and drug addiction, that we are committed to providing the safest environment for recovery possible. We have taken special measures to ensure that our clinic operates safely and some complementary therapies have been paused.   Information on Actions…

Castle Craig Rated ‘Exceptional’ in Latest HIS Inspection

Castle Craig had an inspection from our regulators Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS) recently and today we have received the official report.  They found our infection prevention and control policies and procedures, were excellent and comprehensive. They commented on the thorough Covid-19 risk assessments which had been carried out and the effective processes we had in place to minimise the risk of Covid-19 transmission.   The inspectors commented on the positive attitude and evident teamwork of all the staff that they spoke to, and also the supportive and appreciate attitude of the patients. HIS uses the ratings ‘Exceptional’, ‘Good’, ‘Satisfactory’ or ‘Unsatisfactory’…

Online gambling vs real gambling

8 Reasons why online gambling is more addictive than casino gambling

In 1996 the first ever real stakes online casino was launched. Now there are thousands of gambling sites, and millions of  gamblers place their bets and participate in the world of online gambling.  It might seem like harmless fun to start with, but Sheldon Adelson, Chairman and CEO of Las Vegas Sands Corp., the largest bricks and mortar casino operating company in the world, describes online gambling as ‘fools gold’ and ‘a societal train wreck waiting to happen’. The ‘Richest Man in Vegas’ may have a vested interest in attacking online gambling, but he might just be right.  So what’s…

8 Reasons to Spend Christmas in Rehab

Would you believe it if we said that Christmas is the perfect time of year to leave your family behind, forget the parties and gatherings and Christmas shopping, and Christmas markets and go to rehab? With Christmas being a nostalgic time of year steeped in tradition, spending the Christmas season in residential rehab to get sober and leave alcohol behind doesn’t exactly spell “festive” by many people’s standards. However, if you’re struggling with alcohol, drugs, or any type of addiction, it could be the best time of year for you to go for rehab treatment. Not only will you give…