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Call for student nurses to enter essay competition on addiction

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Nursing students are being invited to take part in a first-of-its-kind academic essay competition about addiction.

The contest is being run by Castle Craig Hospital, which is located near Edinburgh and is considered one of the most respected rehab clinics in Europe.

Submissions are welcome from undergraduate or postgraduate students of medicine, nursing, psychology and social work from anywhere in the world.

It is the first international essay competition about addiction in Scotland.

Dominic McCann, Castle Craig’s director of development, said the project had been launched to mark the private clinic’s 30th anniversary.

“We want to reach-out to the next generation of addiction treatment professionals, and to raise awareness of this critical subject with students globally,” he said.

“Addiction is one of the biggest health and social challenges of our time and this is our way of preparing for the next 30 years,” he noted.

The deadline for submission is 30 December 2018 and students can choose from three essay titles:

  • Is addiction to a drug a brain disease?
  • What is the role of psychotherapy in realising and sustaining recovery from addiction?
  • ‘Society holds the solution to addiction because social problems are the main cause.’  Discuss.

The top prize on offer is £1,000 and five prizes of £250 will also be awarded.

Further details can be found at the Castle Craig Hospital website.

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