8 Types of Depression You May ...

Types of Depression! Does depression have types? According to WHO (World Health Organization), India is the most depressed country in the world. The shocking statistics from WHO suggest that there is a lack of awareness in the country and the stigma associated with it is very high. Majority of people know what is depression but […]

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Why Some People Are More Prone...

It may seem freaky, bizarre to some, but yes it is true- many people around the world are prone to depression! It’s not just us who are telling but also research findings have proved it. “The prevalence of depression globally has been increasing in recent decades ranging from 20% to 25% in women and about […]

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How I got addicted to Alcohol?

Hello, this is Raajan Vasudev Menon from Bangalore. I am a recovered alcohol addict who’s just out of a rehab centre. I like to share my story to all, especially parents on- how your alcohol practice may affect your children’s life. There is no confusion from where to start with. For every annual leave, I […]

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Depression or Sadness- how do ...

Nobody would welcome the feelings of dejection or sadness, but feeling low can sometimes feel like a  normal emotion, and a natural response to disappointment or loss. But it is vital to note that if this sadness persists for a long duration of time, it can be devastating. However, depression is a mental health condition […]

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Why is Overcoming Alcohol Addi...

Alcohol addiction does lead to bad behaviours and is dangerous. But why is Overcoming Alcohol Addiction So Hard? “I admire anyone who rids himself of an addiction” – Gene Tierney Overcoming Alcohol Addiction is Hard- why? A person may not admit he is an alcoholic as he starts out seeking or experiencing a sense of […]

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Being Alcoholic

Alcohol addiction

Being Alcoholic- Ram (name changed) illustrates how his life became rusty after he started consuming alcohol. I used to be a good husband and a good dad earlier, but everything went wrong due to my alcohol addiction. If you ask anyone about me they would say “he is a nice & easy going guy”. Yes, now everything had changed right from my character, my attitude, my habits and of the most, my self-respect. Am embarrassed with me to behave like a fanatic with family, friends and relatives.

The Drowning Trap:

I started consuming alcohol when I was 20. It all started with peer pressure. Then I started consuming alcohol in social gatherings. Probably that was the duration when everything went wrong and gradually I began drowning in it. Suppose, if I had a time machine, positively I would have revisited the scene and changed that part of my life.

I started with 1 or 2 pegs a day and then it kept increasing. I kept finding reasons to take alcohol. I started drinking when I was happy, when I was sad and when I was angry. And that surely was the worst I did for myself and my family.

A couple of years later, I decided to quit alcohol and stop being alcoholic, but it just seemed impossible. The withdrawal symptoms were dreadful and scary.

Random Reasons to Drink:

Lately, I lost my job and started drinking the full day. Everyone I could trust, I started asking for money. “Need to pay school fees for kids”, “mother got sick”, “should pay job consultancy fees” and the list went on. If someone advised me to stop alcohol I would just disconnect with them and.  Eventually, I realized that my alcohol shattered me and my family.

But I have really thanked my stars for my wife Leela. She took most of the brunt of my alcoholism, and still stood with me like a pillar. She tried and so did I, but I  failed.  

Why Self-help won’t Work for an alcoholic:

I have heard and also believed that it was all about self-will. If I made up my mind it was possible. I tried several times, and I was able to change for a few days. But later my body would just give up. I would have nausea, vomiting, headache, shakiness, etc. Since it would get tough, I would give up. I desperately want to quit my addiction and lead a sober life. What should I do?

Reach for Solution:

Alcoholism is best treated with professional care and family support. We strongly recommend pharmacological intervention, psychotherapy and even rehabilitation. Cadabams offers evidenced-based therapeutic interventions. According to the severity of the individuals, the treatments method will be customized and treated by NIMHANS trained experts.

 

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