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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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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