Alternative Addiction Therapy and Treatment, in recent years, have led to addiction rehabilitation programs that incorporate alternative therapies to heal addicts and help them develop long-term sobriety. Some programs still incorporate the 12 Step Program while others use alternative programs to address the underlying causes of addiction without the 12 Step Plan. Alternative addiction rehabilitation […]
Holistic Rehabilitation for drug and alcohol addiction is a new age approach that aims to heal the body, mind, and spirit while detoxing. It uses homeopathic therapies along with teaching new coping skills to remain free of drugs and alcohol. It is based on the idea that our lives, family and other factors contribute to […]
There are many patients who suffer from alcoholism and some of them continue to suffer from it despite repeated treatments. They are known as chronic relapsers. Their repeated attempts at rehabilitation with short-term benefit, if any, have led to coinage of the term, Revolving door syndrome. This can carry on for years and may lead […]
Polysubstance abuse refers to the abuse of more than one drug at once. It includes abusing illicit drugs as well as prescription medications.
In some cases, it may be inadvertent, such as combining prescription meds with each other or taken with alcohol. It is imperative for the doctor to educate patients on their use. In addition, […]
Addiction is not just one disease, it is many diseases. Different drugs cause different addictions and each individual has a different relationship with that substance and a different reason they fell under its spell. You wouldn’t treat two completely different infections with the same antibiotic – one might be resistance to that treatment – and […]
Drug addiction might not seem like a medical disease – but it is internationally recognized by major health organization such as the Center for disease control and the United Nations World Health Organisation as a serious and dangerous disease. In fact, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime estimate that is 1 in 20 […]
Addiction is hard. Even with the best intentions, it can feel like nobody is there to guide you on a difficult and testing journey. Luckily there are a number of rehabilitation programmes to choose from. With this, however, comes a difficult choice – which treatment model do I follow? What are the pros and cons […]
Addictive substances are everywhere, in fact, many of the pain medications doctors prescribe on the wards are highly addictive and have the same mechanism of action as heroin found on the streets. As such there a number of different substance people can become addicted to. These include:
Opiates like codeine, heroin or fentanyl
Alcohol is classified as a central nervous system depressant and results in issues similar to those caused by medications such as tranquilizers, barbiturates, and general anesthetics.
Cognitive changes associated with the intake of alcohol include:
Loss of inhibition
Individuals who use alcohol on a recreational basis tend to recover from these effects […]
When an individual uses alcohol over a long period of time, the body becomes dependent on the substance which means that suddenly stopping the intake of alcohol can lead to the individual experiencing withdrawal symptoms.
If alcohol use is stopped abruptly, the affected individual can develop what is referred to as alcohol withdrawal syndrome and this […]