Coping with Voices- Living wit...

Hello, I am Krishna, 29 years old. Am just on the way to the hospital for my regular check-up. I was diagnosed with schizophrenia a year back. My experience with schizophrenia a few months ago was terrible. Let me break down the synopsis of my story with schizophrenia.   The Butterfly Effects- That was a […]

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Things to Remember for a Succe...

Mainly, living life with schizophrenia means trying to sustain an indeterminate balance between the things the brain tells and the reality. Statistical data says 40% of the people live a balanced and a productive life with Schizophrenia. The illness may be periodic, with times of deterioration and improvement independent of hopes and actions. All you […]

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Does Drug Rehab Work?

There is a commotion that surrounds drug addiction or abuse of street drugs all across the globe. A common thinking came forward by some surveys that people think that drug addiction can only be cured by the willpower of the addicts, and only they themselves can easily cure their dependency. Also, many of them have […]

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How I lost my job?- Cadabams R...

What could be a bigger heartbreak than when you realise that “YOU ARE FIRED”. And it is because of your addiction. Hello, am Alex (name changed) a successful employee of a reputed company. I had won “The employee of the year” award for two consecutive years now. Like all individuals in this almost rounded globe […]

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Long Term Rehabilitation for D...

Addiction to being sober for long is not a cakewalk. It takes a lot of courage, determination and strength to achieve it. If you have been a drug or alcohol addict and you are over it now then thank and congratulate yourself because you deserve one. If you are not able to get over it […]

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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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