Alcoholism addiction treatment

When an individual feels that they are no longer in control of their addictive habit despite the medications they take or are constantly tempted and exposed to the addictive substance, a rehabilitation program is needed. Alcohol rehabilitation program is an intense recovery program that requires motivation, determination and social support to help the suffering individual […]

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Co morbidity in OCD

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is distressing in itself as it affects the individual’s thoughts and behaviour. Through years of studies it is also seen that most often OCD occur with another mental illness. When an individual is diagnosed with two mental disorders it is known as co morbidity. And OCD is seen to have quite […]

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Types of Obsessive Compulsive ...

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is mental disorder that is driven by undesirable thoughts known as obsessions that compels repetitive behaviours, known as compulsions. However, it varies from individual to individual in the way in which symptoms of OCD are experienced. Based on the nature of the symptoms experienced OCD can be divided into different types. […]

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Alcoholism facts

1. Alcoholism causes various short term health hazards. The short term harm alcohol causes are the health conditions apart from diseases. It includes injuries caused by accidents, falls, homicides, sexual assaults, alcohol poisoning, etc. Under the influence of alcohol individuals have judgments and decision making skills are inhibited, this might be the reason behind the harmful […]

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Neurofeedback for alcoholism

A number of new methods and therapeutic techniques are coming up to make the journey towards recovery effective, easier and smoother. One of these attempts is integrating neurofeedback in the recovery program. Neurofeedback is a therapeutic intervention that uses biofeedback mechanism. Here medical instruments, sensors, are attached to the individual’s head and face region. These […]

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A Must Read on the Facts of Drug Abuse

drug-Addiction-blogIntoxication through drugs is one of the ways that people choose for various voluntary reasons.  Once started, it is difficult to quit and the body craves for more with time. The society looks down on the drug addicts, and blamesthe low moralsfor using drugs repeatedly.  However, the truth is that drug addiction is similar to any chronic disease such as diabetes. The safe de-addiction is possible with the help of medical science. There are many facts behind drug abuse which are surprising and are not known to many people.The only way to prevention is better knowledge and awareness of drug abuse and the cost of being addicted to them.

Why Drugs?

Drugs contain chemicals thatharm the normal communication system of the brain. The chemicals used in the drugs cause a disruption in functioning of the brain by either imitating the brain’s natural chemical messengers or by overstimulation of the reward circuit. The chemicals content in the drugs like cocaine and marijuana creates an abnormal amount of dopamine in the brain, which controls the body movements, thoughts, understanding, and the amount of pleasure in things etc. These are some of the factors which encourage a person to start using drugs, and the joyous experience of the intoxication leaves the person craving for more.

In recent studies on drug abuse in teens in the USA, it was observed that they had a very casual approach towards drugs, which clearly was the result of lack of awareness and knowledge about their long-term effects. With time, popular cultures like cinema, rock bands, urban party spaces, etc. have increased the number of young drug abusers across the world. The initial objective of the abusers is to “try out” the drugs, and eventually they become addicted to one or many of them. At present, intoxication is associated with celebrationwhere people of all ages depend on drugs and alcohol to be “happy”.

How does it harm?

The urge to use drugs repeatedly rises when the brain gets used to the surges of dopamine. When it produces less dopamine to balance the amount of stimulation in brain,the ability of the abuser to enjoy the dose of the drugs and other things happening in his surrounding reduces. Hence, the person has to increase the dose of the drugs, which leads to further overwhelming surges of dopamine in the brain. Abusers lose their livesbecause ofoverdose of drugs that leads to cardiac arrest, kidney failure, strokes, etc.

As the body gets used to the drugs, it becomes difficult for the abuser to stay away. Studies show that the impact of drugs on the body is more dangerous when they are taken intravenously than through smoking or inhaling. The symptoms of withdrawal from the drugs vary depending on how the abuser takes them in the body. The symptoms could range from depression, panic attacks, malnutrition, sleep disorders, headaches, etc.

The only way of preventing such fatal consequences is prevention of drugs and being dependent on them for momentarily pleasures. But it is never too late for a person to come out of the vortex of addiction. There are different ways and methods of de-addiction available at present, which help people to come out of it safely. All it needs is realisation and acceptance of the fact and dedication towards the process of de-addiction.

 

 

 

 

 

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