In Scotland, a clinic that helps cryptocurrency addicts is now in its third year. In the last year, the number of patients has increased by an order of magnitude.
Tony Marini, a therapist at Castle Craig Clinic, says that trading in digital currencies is addictive for many users, which is almost no different from narcotic drugs. In doing so, patients who are addicted to drugs or alcohol are particularly affected.
2021 was one of the most important years for the cryptocurrency market. Between January and May, Bitcoin, the main and most expensive digital currency, managed to rise from $29,000 to $64,000 and fall to $37,000. Many investors lost large sums. Castle Craig notes that the sharp deterioration of well-being due to plummeting rates of cryptocurrencies puts thoughts of suicide in the minds of traders.
Since the beginning of 2021, the clinic has seen a 10-fold increase in the number of patients who need help from qualified specialists. Some of them ended up at Castle Craig because they lost access to their cryptocurrency wallet. Marini notes that patients are only allowed to drink coffee, smoke cigarettes and use smartphones two hours a week.