Exercise Addiction

Investing 20-30 minutes per day in physical workout can have a great positive impact on one’s physical as well as mental health. Exercising daily is a healthy habit when it is done at a moderate level, but when it goes over the limit it can have adverse effect on one’s physical and mental health. Over […]

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Types of Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia, which is considered as variations in expression or perception of reality, is a mental illness that may consist of auditory hallucinations (hearing voices), paranoid delusions, confused speech, disorganized thoughts, and significant social or professional dysfunction. Types of Schizophrenia Paranoid Schizophrenia: The individuals may have prominent hallucination and delusion. It may develop at an older […]

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Causes of Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a mental disorder that disrupts the way an individual looks and responds at the world and self. The exact reason or cause of this disorder has not yet been found. However, it is believed that a combination of internal and external factor play an important role in the occurrence of schizophrenia. Let us […]

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Gambling Disorder

From the time of ‘Mahabharata’ gambling has been seen as a problematic behaviour. A behaviour that disrupts families and causes lose of both property and dignity. Then why do people still engage in such behaviour? Gambling, like any other addictive substance, gives the individual a euphoric feeling when they engage in it. And the individual […]

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Substance Abuse Treatment Cent...

Substance abuse refers to the destructive or risky use of psychoactive substances, including alcohol and illegal drugs. Psychoactive substance utilize can prompt to dependence disorder – a bunch of behavioural, subjective, and physiological phenomena that created after frequent substance utilize and that normally include a powerful urge to take the drug(medication),   Most substance abusers […]

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Cheat-sheet makes de-addiction appear a surmountable problem

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Brain chemistry of a drug addict plays out in its own individualistic way. Drugs are also known to hamper a large number of brain functions, primary among them are memory, power of concentration – just to mention a few. But sometimes written words convey things in far more simpler fashion with a lot more clarity and efficacy than otherwise the spoken words do.

Effective role

It is true that cheat-sheet plays an important direct, personal and effective role in helping people get rid of their addiction problems. But before we talk about how to go about preparing cheat sheet and its usefulness let’s first find out what the cheat-sheet is all about!

What is cheat-sheet?

Simply put, cheat-sheet is a piece of paper bearing written notes. In this case, the written notes are intended to help the drug addict overcome his or her immediate urge to get back to drugs. It could be meant for you, one of your dear ones or a friend you want to help get out of it for once and all.

‘I CAN’

The very first step towards de-addiction is to think that “YOU CAN”.   This can be done by:

Keeping track of drug use on the cheat-sheet:

  • When and how much drugs to be used (maintain a timetable showing the same)
  • Remind yourself of devastating role drug is playing in your life (write names of your dear ones, friends you lost to drugs over the years)
  • List pros and cons of quitting (that quitting will lead to a new life of hope, family bonding, health and prosperity)
  • List costs and benefits of quitting drugs (daily spending on drugs, costs of jobs lost, savings used to buy drugs and total resources on hand).
  • Write about the people your addiction has kept away from you (make a list of such people, stick their photos to remind you how badly you missed them)
  • Remember writing about the points one of your close friends has suggested last evening to pull yourself out of drug

Also, list these:

People you thought were your real friends, who are now preventing you from quitting drug because they want your money, resources and companionship

  • List steps you want to take to quit drugs
  • The reasons why you want to quit
  • Past move at de-addiction, and why it did or didn’t work
  • Charter of actions with specific timeframe to quit drugs
  • Friends or family members still in touch with you and would readily come forward to extend a helping hand to help you quit soon
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