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Bitcoin and cryptocurrency addicts offered treatment in the UK for the first time
HATTY COLLIER

A hospital in Scotland is treating people who are addicted to trading cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin.

Castle Craig Hospital in Peeblesshire, the Scottish Borders, has created a course of residential treatment for “crypto addicts” to deal with the underlying issues and learn to live without it.

Experts say the trading of digital currencies or assets such as Bitcoin can become a behavioural addiction, similar to online gambling with some users obsessively following minute-by-minute fluctuations in prices.

The West Linton facility already runs drug and alcohol addiction programmes, but said it now treats cryptocurrency addiction by using techniques found in gambling addiction programmes.

Castle Craig said there are no figures for the number of people addicted to cryptocurrency, but there are around 13 million people across the world trading in the system.

 

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