Addiction is a chronic relapsing condition which afflicts many families worldwide. The programme Dr McGovern has developed at the Priority Medical Clinic is evidence based and brings together the skills of specialists in addiction counselling, cognitive behavioural therapy, family therapy and relaxation therapy. This multidisciplinary collaborative approach provides patients with the best possible care in dealing with their addictions.

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Stimultant Addiction

The stimulant classes of drugs include cocaine, amphetamines, ecstasy (MDMA) and certain ‘head shop’ drugs such as mephedrone. These drugs work on the central nervous system and dopamine pathways and interfere with the ‘reward centre’ of the brain. This results … More


Nicotine Addiction

Tobacco smoking is the biggest cause of death worldwide and nicotine is the most physically addictive drug used by man. There are a number of well recognised complications of cigarette smoking including most cancers, heart disease, strokes and upper and … More


Alcohol Abuse

Alcohol use is widespread in Ireland and over half of Irish people who drink do so excessively. We are one of the highest consumers of alcohol in Europe. Alcohol abuse is associated with significant physical, mental and social harms. Alcohol abuse … More


Benzodiazepine Addiction

Benzodiazepines are a class of sedative drugs that are popular in Irish society. Commonly used examples include anti-anxiety drugs diazepam (Valium®), alprazolam (Xanax®), bromazepam (Lexotan®) and chlordiazepoxide (Librium®) and sedatives such as flurazepam (Dalmane®) and Flunitrazepam (Rohypnol®).


Opiate Addiction (Not treated at Priority Medical Clinic)

Opiate (or opioid) classes of drugs include heroin, codeine, pethidine, morphine and methadone. Heroin use in this country emerged in the 1980s and was initially confined to the Dublin area. This pattern has changed in the last decade and the … More


Gambling Addiction

There is much controversy regarding the classification of problematic gambling. For example, in the US the American Psychological Association do not view gambling as an addiction but as an impulse control disorder. The phrase that is now being used to … More