Substance Abuse Dementia & Rehab Treatment
Castle Craig Hospital | Treatment of Alcohol, Drug and other Addictions
by Ravi Kirthy
2w ago
Excessive use of alcohol and other substances can contribute to Alzheimer’s. Alternatively, any form of dementia (of which Alzheimer’s is the most common) can contribute to addiction. In cases where both are present, clinicians may question if rehab is then a suitable place for treatment. At Castle Craig Hospital, we have successfully treated patients with symptoms of both conditions simultaneously. When Treatment Is Needed When a person suffers from co-occurring substance abuse and Alzheimer’s1 then each condition will affect the other. Substance abuse may increase in response to Alzheimer’s ..read more
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Can Anxiety Cause Dizziness?
Castle Craig Hospital | Treatment of Alcohol, Drug and other Addictions
by Ravi Kirthy
2w ago
When anxiety is intense and long-lasting it can become one of a number of recognised mental disorders that produce unpleasant symptoms in the mind and body. Dizziness is one such symptom. Substance abuse often exacerbates the condition.  Proper diagnosis is essential so that suitable treatment can be provided. What Is Anxiety? Anxiety is usually a response based on fear, at the prospect of a perceived challenge to a person’s future physical or emotional state. It brings a sense of foreboding and unease that can sometimes become acute or can lead to a state of chronic anxiety, if not treat ..read more
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How Long Does MDMA Stay in Your System?
Castle Craig Hospital | Treatment of Alcohol, Drug and other Addictions
by Ravi Kirthy
2w ago
MDMA, often called ‘ecstasy’ or ‘molly’ is widely used as a party drug because it has both stimulant and hallucinogenic properties, producing feelings of euphoria and energy. It is sometimes thought of as a relatively safe drug to use, compared to other substances and people are often unaware of its effects, its potential for harm, and the time it stays in your system. Here we discuss some important characteristics. What Are the Effects of MDMA?  Usually taken in tablet form (though sometimes snorted), the substance is often highly adulterated – it is commonly mixed with caffeine, ephedri ..read more
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AI in Addiction Therapy. How Would You Feel if Your Therapist Was a Chatbot?
Castle Craig Hospital | Treatment of Alcohol, Drug and other Addictions
by Ravi Kirthy
2w ago
An Overview of Artificial Intelligence in Addiction Treatment Chatbots are good for pillow talk – instant sources of reassurance when a human therapist is not available (that dreadful anxiety that only comes in the middle of the night can now be talked through as it happens). Many people find the idea of a real therapy session intimidating and find that a chatbot makes talking easier. They’re waiting to talk when you need them and good at simple messages – when you’re feeling depressed, before a stressful meeting or after a domestic argument.  Sometimes we just need to be reminded that ..read more
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What Are Brain Zaps: The Strange Side Effects of Anti-depressants
Castle Craig Hospital | Treatment of Alcohol, Drug and other Addictions
by Ravi Kirthy
2w ago
If you are currently suffering from brain zaps, or are worried about experiencing them as you come off of SSRIs, this page will reassure you. In this article, we take a look at what a brain zap actually is and why it is only fairly recently that the scientific community has recognised this side effect of discontinuation syndrome that many people experience.  We’ll take an in-depth look at what brain zaps feel like as well as look at some of the theories behind what causes you to experience a brain zap. Given brain zaps are strongly associated with stopping SSRIs specifically, this article ..read more
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Cocaine Eyes: How Is Cocaine Affecting Your Eyes?
Castle Craig Hospital | Treatment of Alcohol, Drug and other Addictions
by Ravi Kirthy
1M ago
Prolonged substance abuse is always likely to show in your facial appearance and cocaine addiction is no exception. Heavy cocaine use produces a special look, commonly known as ‘cocaine eyes’, and severe and lasting tissue damage can result – to your eyes and other parts of your body as well. Here we examine what to do about Cocaine affecting your eyes.  Live a life free of addiction: call 0808 271 7500. How Is Cocaine Used? Cocaine is a versatile and deadly drug that is usually snorted, smoked or injected. It can also be rubbed on the gums or taken orally (althou ..read more
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Alcohol-Free Beer and Wine – Should I Drink Them?
Castle Craig Hospital | Treatment of Alcohol, Drug and other Addictions
by Ravi Kirthy
1M ago
Very few drinks advertised as low alcohol or alcohol-free are entirely without alcohol. They should therefore always be treated with caution.  Consuming a lot might put you over the legal limit for say, driving a car and there are important considerations too for people suffering from addiction disorders. At Castle Craig Hospital, this is a subject that frequently occurs in the course of our addiction treatment programme and when planning for continuing care in sobriety after rehab.  Live a life free of addiction: call 0808 271 7500. The Increasing Populari ..read more
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Ten Excuses People Use Not To Go To Rehab
Castle Craig Hospital | Treatment of Alcohol, Drug and other Addictions
by Ravi Kirthy
2M ago
1.I Can Quit Any Time on My Own – It’s Not So Difficult You’re having fun, right? It’s your choice, right? Why would you want to go to drug or alcohol rehab when you can put a stop to it when you’re good and ready? Who needs the trouble and expense?  Addiction is the point you reach when you are no longer in control of your vice – be it alcohol, drugs, or gambling – it is in control of you. That point is difficult to identify.  Addiction affects you physically (ravaging you with unpleasant withdrawal symptoms until you get another hit), psychologically (crippling you with intense cra ..read more
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Alcoholism and Oxytocin
Castle Craig Hospital | Treatment of Alcohol, Drug and other Addictions
by Ravi Kirthy
2M ago
Oxytocin is often called the “love hormone” because it is so important to the body’s systems for dealing with rewards, stress, and getting along with other people. It has been studied a lot in the field of addiction because it might be able to help people with alcohol use disorder. In this article, we’ll talk about the link between alcohol and oxytocin, how alcohol affects the production of oxytocin, and how oxytocin therapy is used to treat alcoholism. What is Oxytocin? The brain and pituitary gland makes oxytocin, which is a hormone. It helps with a lot of things in the body, like giving bir ..read more
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Is it Safe to Mix Alcohol and Viagra?
Castle Craig Hospital | Treatment of Alcohol, Drug and other Addictions
by Ravi Kirthy
2M ago
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the inability to have and keep an erection firm enough for sex. Many men will experience ED at some point in their lifetime and isn’t necessarily a cause for concern. If ED becomes an ongoing health concern causing distress and relational difficulties, a doctor may prescribe Viagra to support sexual performance. Viagra should be used as prescribed and with caution, particularly when taken by someone drinking heavily.  What is Viagra? Viagra is the brand name of a prescription drug that is used to treat ED, a condition that affects men who find themselves unabl ..read more
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