How to help an Alcoholic?

It is painful and overwhelming to see someone you love destroy their life due to an addictive behaviour. Alcoholics usually tend to deny their addiction and only realize it when its negative effects have spread into almost all areas of life. Here the role of friends and family members can be effective in encouraging them […]

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First aid for Panic Attacks

Panic attack is a condition which is episodic in nature marked by high anxiety and fear, also discomfort that develops suddenly and reaches heights within 10 minutes.   Observable symptoms: Trembling and shaking Sweating Short breaths and sensations of choking If the person reports – palpitations, chest pain or discomfort, abdominal distress or nausea, dizziness […]

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Panic Attack in Child

Did you know that a panic attack in children often manifests in the early stages of adolescence? And, it is the most common psychological problem in the western countries, usually affecting about 2-3% of the people especially the younger ones in a year. There is no specific event triggering the first panic attack in children, […]

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Alcohol Detoxification

Do you know that Delirium tremens kills one in  20 people during alcohol withdrawal? Yes, It is estimated these tremors occur in 5 percent of the people who go through the process of alcohol withdrawal. This is the time where the alcohol detoxification comes into the picture.   It is good if you have decided […]

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How To Stop Panic Attack

Dying on EMI basis?   In the spur of a moment suddenly thinking of losing control, having a heart attack or even dying. No clue of what’s happening in and around? That could be a panic attack. Yes! A panic attack is a sudden impact of intense fear that creates severe physical reactions in the […]

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Addictions: Easy to get hooked, tough to get rid of

Substance Abuse Is there a way outAsk any person with a past track record of substance abuse and he or she would not blink twice to tell you: It’s like stepping on to a tract of slipping quicksand that takes you in no time! Many, fortunately, realise their folly early and try and scramble up the slippery slope to recovery. But for a large number the battle just gets tougher by the day.

Yearning for substance

There might be numerous factors responsible for turning a till-recently an active, healthy and intelligent person into a bundle of confusion, thanks to the ever-increasing yearning for substance and more substance. It could be a close gathering of friends who wanted you to do it just for the ‘hack of it’. It could also be that someone you know personally tries to introduce you to the ‘joys’ of it at a party and then you get hooked to it.

Cause Health problems

Whatever might be the reason, addiction to any substance or things that make a person slave to it is mentally and physically damaging. Though in the medical sciences some drugs have been in use in some form of other as pain alleviator, these are seldom prescribed for daily use. Substance abuse over a period of time causes irreparable damage to brain functioning and normal physical activities.

Difficult addictions

Though substance abuse has a long term repercussion on a person’s mental and physical health, research findings have shown that some of the drugs are the most difficult to quit and hence cause more devastating impact on a person. Heroin is one such drug. Mostly used as analgesic or pain killer, it is a very difficult addiction to quit for a large number of people.

Addiction to analgesic

It is common for hospitals to inject analgesic through intravenous supplies as pain reliever and then prescribe the same in the form of drugs to be taken at home. The intake of such drugs may cause withdrawal symptoms in some. On serious note, other depressant and pain-killer drugs and analgesics (Example: Vicodin and Oxycontin) have now emerged as the fastest growing drugs of abuse. These are being regularly used by drug addicts and their easy availability is a matter of concern for the de-addiction centres and healthcare professionals.

Cigarette – most difficult to quit

More than alcohol and cocaine, experts say, kicking the cigarette butt is the most difficult for persons hooked to it. It is common to see people going for a ‘smoke’ after a meal or before answering the call of the nature in the morning or after the dinner at night. It is said that quitting cigarette is even tougher than heroine.

Anti-smoking campaign

Thanks to anti-smoking campaigns, a large number of smokers have since said it quits to cigarettes. As per a report, in the US over 40 million people have already given up smoking. In India with increasing awareness people are increasingly quitting the habit to join the non-smokers’ club. Chewing tobacco or tobacco mixed betel nut is a major source of addiction and is also said to be one of the causes of mouth cancer.

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