Why do you need Mental Health ...

Every day we learn of suicide and individuals engaging in mass murder. Most of these individuals actually suffer from mental illness. From the youngest to the oldest all are at risk when it comes to mental illness. So what do we do in times like this? We provide Mental Health First Aid. Mental Health First […]

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When does Psychological First ...

  The world is going through a crisis. From disasters, wars, terrorist attacks, traumatic events, ongoing discrimination towards sections of society, criminal activities etc. causes a large number of victims and affected family members of such victims undergo a major psychological breakdown. At times like this Psychological First Aid helps to prevent their health from […]

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Mental Health First Aid

In a first aid an injured person is given essential help until a professional medical treatment is given. The main aim of a first aid is to save life, prevent any kind of further harm, promote recovery and provide comfort. Mental health first aid (MHFA) does the same for individual developing mental health problems. Mental […]

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What are the other medical pro...

Dementia refers to a loss of mental function which compromises a person’s cognitive thinking. It results in declining memory and linguistic skill as well as behavioural changes. It is a progressive disease caused by brain damage. This means that the symptoms and effects will progressively worsen over time. The effects can range from physical or […]

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Say No to Cocaine in all forms...

We live in a world where taking cocaine is trendier than fashion. Its availability and use is not limited to a certain class of the society or an age group. The ‘Happening’ drug is easily available at the hidden corner of the street nearby. Whether it is to boost self-esteem or just succumbing to peer-pressure, […]

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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.


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