Effects of amphetamine abuse on the body

Amphetamine belongs to a group of stimulants that act on central nervous system. These are known to bring along an incremental state of wakefulness, energy, attention, concentration, sociability, self-confidence, improved mood, and a fall in appetite. Medically Amphetamine is prescribed for ADHD and some other disorders. Amphetamine has a calming effect on people and is … Continue reading "Effects of amphetamine abuse on the body"

Signs you might have dry drunk syndrome

There are people who drink and there are those who give up drinking after a point in life. Amongst those who give up, there are some who go on to lead a normal life with least amount of fall backs and unfortunately there are also those who give up alcohol, but continue to experience the … Continue reading "Signs you might have dry drunk syndrome"

How to get an alcoholic into treatment

If an alcoholic (or drug addict) is unwilling to seek help, is there any way the family or friends can get him or her into treatment? This can be a challenging situation. Since denial is part of the problem and a symptom of addiction, the affected individual actually doesn’t feel the need to get help. … Continue reading "How to get an alcoholic into treatment"

Is Addiction a Brain Disease?

Addiction is defined as a chronic, relapsing brain disease that is characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use despite harmful consequences. It is considered a brain disease because drugs change the brain – they change its structure and how it works. These brain changes can be long lasting, and can lead to the harmful behaviours … Continue reading "Is Addiction a Brain Disease?"

Psychological Causes of Addiction

Psychology is the study of human behavior and psychologists work to improve the quality of people’s lives by helping them to steer clear of maladaptive behaviors. Any behavior that limits the normal functioning of an individual and diminishes life satisfaction is termed as a maladaptive behavior. Since addiction is a maladaptive behavior, psychological models are … Continue reading "Psychological Causes of Addiction"

Genetics & Addiction – Is there a connection?

The road to recovery from addiction might seem like fixing broken glass, an enterprise that appears a futile exercise when there is little family support. Therapists and doctors all over the world emphasize the importance of family involvement for the rehabilitation of an afflicted member. Many families realize this and extend support, but what if … Continue reading "Genetics & Addiction – Is there a connection?"

Strategies for Helping Addicts and Alcoholics to Get the Help they Need

  Here are a few strategies you might try for helping the addict or alcoholic in your life Help them hit bottom faster (do not rescue them) Give an ultimatum Stop reacting and detach Put your own self-care and sanity first Let’s dig deeper and closely examine each one:   Helping them hit bottom faster … Continue reading "Strategies for Helping Addicts and Alcoholics to Get the Help they Need"

At first I didn’t like being in a rehab

My experience at Hope Trust rehab My first few days at the alcohol and drug rehab were not pleasant. But, looking back, they were important days because they clearly pointed out to what was wrong with me! I had consumed a good amount of alcohol the evening before I was to get admitted. To make … Continue reading "At first I didn’t like being in a rehab"

5 Ways of Getting Naturally High

Addicts love getting high. They want to be high all the time. After treatment, they fall to the ground and look for new highs. I was so used to the chemical kicks that I was scared I wouldn’t be able to ‘enjoy’ life without alcohol or drugs. My counsellors at the rehab taught me how … Continue reading "5 Ways of Getting Naturally High"

How the Hope Trust program works

The residential treatment at Hope Trust (Est. 2002) for drug or alcohol addiction is an integrated, evidence-based program. It provides a comfortable and safe environment that is drug-free and conducive to recovery. The normal triggers and stresses of an addict’s life and removed so that the individual can focus on starting the process of living … Continue reading "How the Hope Trust program works"