Cognitive Behavioral Therapy f...

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is an effective treatment for depression. Unlike any other psychotherapy CBT is short term (time limited) and treatment focused. Problem behaviors and thinking are identified, prioritized, and are addressed.   People with depression commonly have a strong negative belief about:   Self: People who are experiencing depression generally has an unfavorable […]

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Drug Addiction Rehabilitation ...

Drug addiction is one of the hard life sufferings for the drug addicts and also for the ones around them. No doubt, it is a tough situation to see your loved one abusing drugs badly and at times you may feel helpless too. But it is never impossible to help them get out of it. […]

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Effects of Drug Addiction

A number of reasons spike when you question as to why people get addicted to the Drugs. Some of them simply use it to see what it feels like while others take it to come out of their depression and stress problems. No matter what is the reason, the use of drugs can eventually lead […]

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Bipolar Disorder in Children

Is your child suddenly bursting with energy and active than other kids their age? Does your child suddenly feel depressed and have no interest in anything at all? Do other people say your child is too excited or too moody? Does he or she talk really fast about a lot of different things or talk nothing […]

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My Drug Addiction Stories

Am Mohan (name changed), I have been a cannabis user for the past 10 years. This is my story on how I got my life back to the normal track, what made me become an addict and what helped me recover. Am going to share my experience with all the readers. Want to see my […]

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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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