Understanding Addiction: The disease of free will

 

Addiction is characterized by the impulse to continue using despite the negative consequences. Addiction happens when there is physical and/or psychological dependency to any substance; alcohol or drug. People with an addiction often do not have control over what they are doing, taking or using. Their addiction may reach a point at which it is harmful.
It is imperative that we understand the difference between habit and addiction. With a habit you are in control of your choices, with an addiction you are not in control of your choices. Many of us can use substances or become engaged in activities without any significant problems. Some people, however, may experience damaging psychological and/or physical effects when their habit becomes an addiction.

Are you addicted?

Addiction often begins with casual or occasional behaviour that increases in frequency and intensity over time. If you feel like there is some latent force constantly overpowering your decision making and challenging the better of you, you might be addicted. To now better, you can judge from the various signs and symptoms of substance addiction, that include:
Physical Signs of Addiction

• Over-active or under-active (depending on the substance)
• Repetitive speech patterns
• Dilated pupils, red eyes
• Excessive sniffing and runny nose (not attributable to a cold)
• Looking pale or undernourished
• Weight loss or weight gain
• Change in eating habits
• Unusual odors or body odor due to lack of personal hygiene

Behavioral Signs of Addiction

• Missing work/school and important engagements
• Disrupted sleep patterns or Insomnia
• Relationship/marital problems
• Financial difficulties
• Conversations dominated by using or drug/alcohol related topics
• Constant effort to maintain a good supply of the substance
• Continued use despite awareness of health problems
• Engaging in risky activities
• Increasing contact with people who are also addicted

Emotional Signs of Addiction

• Irritability/Argumentative
• Defensiveness
• Unwarranted frustration, anger, bitterness or resentment.
• Inability to deal with stress
• Loss of interest in activities/people that used to be part of their lives
• Losing temper at small things
• Obsessive traits
• Requiring the substance to deal with problems
• Secrecy, solitude and withdrawal from relationships

What happens if you are addicted?

Addiction is a disease, and it can pose a series of negative consequences on a person’s well-being, physical health and professional life. There are many forms of addiction, and each one poses its own series of risks.

Health Risks

Compulsive cravings combined with prolonged substance abuse can prompt physical consequences throughout the body. Most substances will cause strain on the organs, as well as the venous and respiratory system after prolonged use.

Heath risks of Substance Abuse Include:

· Organ damage
· Hormone imbalance
· Cancer (caused by nicotine or steroid use)
· Prenatal and fertility issues
· Gastrointestinal disease
· HIV/AIDS
· long-term neurological impairment
· mental health problems such as Depression, Anxiety, Memory loss, Aggression, Mood swings, Paranoia, Psychosis

The ultimate health consequence of substance abuse, of course, is death – either caused directly by a situation such as an overdose or heart attack, or eventually through the development of drug-induced cancer or AIDs.

Legal Risks

Many addictive substances are highly regulated and, in certain situations, even banned by local and federal governments. Being caught with a large quantity of drugs could result in a prison sentence, civil lawsuits, large fines, probation, suspension, etc.

Social Risks

Addiction is hard to hide. As chronic substance abuse continues, it will affect almost every aspect of the user’s life. Drug or alcohol addiction usually causes tension among family and friends, job loss, suspension from regular activities, divorce & more. An addict may only find comfort when around other people who abuse substance and his relationship dynamics with non-users change sooner or later.

Mood swings can become unpredictable and hard to control, and other health issues such as chronic fatigue can make it hard to function in many facets of society. Loneliness, anxiety, depression are all factors which cause social circle to shrink and in the worst case scenario may also lead to suicidal thoughts and overdose on purpose.

Get help for your addiction: the sooner, the better

In much the same way your brain is able to adapt to unhealthy patterns based around addictive behaviour, it can reverse those and establish new, beneficial ones. Like other chronic diseases, addiction can be managed successfully. Treatment enables people to counteract addiction’s powerful disruptive effects on the brain and behavior and to regain control of their lives.
With treatment, you will find that not only can you gain power over your addiction recovery can be an enjoyable and affirming part of your life.

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Why You Should Consider A Rehabilitation Centre

Rehabilitation becomes necessary when a situation falls into disrepair, and needs to be restored to a better condition. Rehabilitation becomes necessary for humans after an accident or surgery or when they are learning to live without drugs or other addictive substances or behaviors. In a rehabilitation centre where treatment and training for rehabilitation are provided, clients are given physical, occupational and or vocational therapy according to their needs.

It is in the light of the above definition, that Safe House Wellness Retreat’s latest blog will consider cogent and very important reasons why you should consider a rehab as soon as possible, if you need to. The following are some of the reasons:

Addicts are helped to get off drugs or alcohol

Perhaps the most important reward an addict gets for enrolling in a rehabilitation centre is that he or she is taught how to get off the hook of addiction and stay free.  When a person is free from addiction, living a normal life in the society becomes easy and interesting.

Proper Guidance and Supervision are provided in Rehab

In a rehabilitation centre, there are members of staff who are adequately trained and competent to offer proper guidance to clients. The supervision system in such centers are designed and programmed to give anyone who enrolls in the facility the appropriate help which they might not get at home or when they are alone. With such an encouraging atmosphere, clients’ recovery process will be smoother and easier.

Treatment and Therapies are diversified

During the rehabilitation process, there are diverse therapies available for treating addiction. Such treatments are designed in a way that the psychological status of clients is regulated and definitely out of all the treatment types available, a client will get one that will suit him or her perfectly.

Emotional and Mental health concerns are addressed

The services offered in a rehabilitation centre cater for the mental and emotional challenges a person might have. This is so because clients will be treated by specialist and issues such as depression, anger and anxiety are properly addressed.

Good habits are encouraged

At the heart of a successful rehabilitation process is the adoption of good routines by the addict. This ensures that the risk of suffering a relapse is minimally reduced. By the information made available to them and the activities and programmes implemented in a rehab, clients are made to choose positive habits which will ultimately help them stay free.

Addicts are taught how to deal with relapse

Knowledge about suitable tools, how and when to put them to use are critical for an addict trying to recover because even after going through a rehabilitation treatment, an addict may still suffer a relapse. To solve this, most centers equip their clients with strategies and skills of dealing with a relapse when it occurs. With such powerful information, addicts can comfortably gain knowledge of addiction and how to get over a relapse and move on with their normal life even without the need to be re-admitted.

The atmosphere is stable and controlled

For the fact that the environment during rehab is steady and controlled, an addicts is able to stay away from things that can trigger addictive behaviors and eventually, such an addict will be able to totally do away with such triggers. Having such a controlled atmosphere might be impossible for an addict when he/she is at home.

Availability of and access to qualified Personnel

In most approved rehabilitation facility, members of staff who know their onions are the people in charge. There are counselors, therapist, medical doctors and other related professionals who attend to clients as at when due. With the presence of such professionals, addicts can be sure they will be in safe hands and get a very good attention if not the best.

Peers are provided an avenue to support one another

One common denominator for people who are resident in a rehabilitation centre is that they all are at varying degree of addiction and have come in for help. In other words, they all belong to the same group. With those unifying characteristics, addicts undergoing treatment can offer various kinds of support to one another such as encouragement, sharing of practical experiences and even monitoring.

Patients are made to go through necessary routine

As a matter of compulsion, clients are made to go through necessary daily routines such as fitness session, group therapy, alternative and one on one therapy during rehabilitation process. They also attend lectures and talks on various germane topics and issues.

Crucial and necessary laws are enforced

There are certainly relevant laws put in place and enforced by the authorities during the rehabilitation process. For example, a patient is not permitted to come into the facility with banned substances such as alcohol or drugs because the usage of such substance can thwart the whole recovery process.  When anyone is caught with such substances, he or she might as well be ready to exit the treatment programme and facility.

Patients’ privacy is guaranteed

Keeping the privacy of clients is something core to the services provided during a rehabilitation process. The managers of such facilities know this and the knowledge guides the way information of clients are handled. So, when you register for rehab, you can be sure that your privacy is taken care of as the staffs there are professional in their mode of operation.

You are not abandoned after you complete your treatment

Everything that has a beginning must surely have an ending. This is very true for a treatment process. The good thing however is that after your treatment process is completed, you are not left all alone. Being professionals, care-providers know the very importance of post- treatment care and they do all that is within their reach to ensure that an addict stays free indeed.

With all the points highlighted above, I believe you now do know that a rehabilitation centre is not a place to avoid when you need help. Rather, it is a place you should run to because they got you covered.

 

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Before you register in that de-addiction centre…

• Establish the kind of treatment you need beforehand
This seems to be the foundational issue to consider before you approach any centre for help. This makes sense when you consider the fact that what you need may not be present in a particular centre. Therefore, when you confirm what degree or type of treatment you need, it will help narrow down your search. Ascertaining the kind of treatment you need should be easy if you will get an objective appraisal from a body or individual who do not know about the de-addiction centre you want to enrol in.
• Find out the qualifications of the centre staff
‘You can’t give what you don’t have’ seems to be very true and relevant about de-addiction centres and you need to find out what qualifications members of staff of a particular centre have. When you have an idea of their qualifications, it will surely help you determine whether or not the selected location can provide the services or treatments you need. A quick check on the website of the place should reveal the qualifications of its staff and you may want to choose centres that have specialists in the very areas of your need.
• Arrange to Meet Specialists in the centre
Most de-addiction centres allow you to have a one-on-one chat with their specialist before you enrol. This is to your advantage because it will give you the chance to get a good grasp of what strategies the specialist will adopt to treat you. This is necessary because treatment in de-addiction centre ideally should not be generalized. Every patient should be treated in according to what they need. So when you discus with them during the meeting and the details of the treatment are spelt out for you, you can make up your mind if the chosen location will be right for you or not.
• Confirm the Various Types of Treatments Available in the Centre
Consequent upon your meeting with a specialist or the representative of the centre, it is apposite that you ask and confirm the different types of treatments available. Should there be just one type of treatment in that location for every manner of patient, you may choose to opt out because clients are different and their needs differ. On the other hand, you may want to consider the area if it has diverse and modern types of treatment techniques. Having varieties of options gives you more advantages.
• Read Their Success Stories
A centre that claims to have helped addicts get out of addiction should have stories about real people to tell. You should therefore log on to the website of the centre to find out about how many people they have helped and the percentage of the success they have.
• What are the charges involved?
No de-addiction centre is free except they are running on charity. For selected places where you have to pay, you need to know the details of the cost involved. If a centre is trying to make it a secret or known for bringing up certain hidden charges, you may want to re-consider because your knowledge of how much to pay at the beginning is important to know whether or not you can stay in the centre.
• How long does treatment last?
How long you stay determines how much you pay for the services, and most locations will give you a clear picture of what you will be expected to pay for the whole process. You should find out the length or duration of the treatment. When you know this you can determine if you have the time at the moment or you need to reschedule it for some other time.
• Are there people on de-addiction waiting list?
While it is not uncommon for good centres to have a list of people who are waiting to get treated in them, it may not be helpful to have to wait for so long before you are attended to. Therefore, while you make researches about the place you want to choose, please confirm how long their waiting list is, if any). If it is too long to the extent that you cannot be attended to until after months, then you might want to find another alternative so that the addiction does not become complicated.

 

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Facts about Alcohol and Alcoholism

 

Over the years, the use and consumption of alcohol have been very common in many societies and among different categories of people. This is because alcohol is socially accepted in virtually all the countries. Its acceptance has therefore made it one of the most frequently abused substances.

It is; however, very important to know that alcohol is a depressant that depresses the activities of humans’ Central Nervous System. When your central nervous system is thus affected, your judgment and perception of issues are seriously impeded and your reaction to things is also altered.  The dangerous dimension to the consumption of alcohol is that generally, alcoholics develop a yearning or a strong push for more drinks even though they are aware that problems are being created because of the habit. Furthermore, alcoholics suffer from impaired control, and become physically reliant on alcohol.

Ironically, even when an alcoholic stops alcohol consumption after a period of heavy use, several unpleasant consequences (withdrawal symptoms) are experienced. These include: nausea, sweating, shakiness and anxiety. Alcoholics further build up a bigger tolerance for alcohol and they realize that they need to consume greater amounts of it to get satisfaction. It is also not uncommon for alcoholics to seek out by all means opportunities to consume alcoholic beverages; most times, neglecting other activities and taking solace in alcohol consumption when there are issues and challenges in their homes or workplace. When this stage has been reached, it can be described as ‘addiction’.

Addiction And How It Sets In

Being addicted to alcohol or any other substance has a lot to do with the brain. Addiction can be described as a very intricate disorder which is characterized by uncontrollable use of substances. It is true that each substance a person uses has different effects on the brain and continual use of such substances has the capacity to change the way the human brain functions. Now let’s take a look at some of the ways alcohol sends messages to the brain, causing addiction to set in:

  1. When you take alcohol or any other recreational substance, there is a degree of pleasure which is triggered by the surge in the levels of a chemical substance occurring in the brain (dopamine). Each time your brain remembers these feelings, it wants it repeated and you follow it with a physical action. Your brain remembers these feelings and wants them repeated.
  2. When you continue the use of alcohol and other substance, it takes on a very important part of your survival activities such as eating and drinking and you can’t seems to avoid it.
  3. The moment these changes are stored in your brain, your ability to think clearly, provide sound judgment, control how you behave and act normally without the influence of the substance is negatively affected.
  4. Addiction gives you a craving that becomes greater than every other thing else such as your career, spouse, family, health and what have you.
  5. You mind begins to deny or provide explanation why you must continue to use the drugs and why it is ‘good’ for you.
  6. Due to the addiction, you may end up underestimating the quantity of drugs you use and its impact on your health.

Determinants of Addiction in Individuals

Peradventure you have observed that some people use alcohol and they seems not to be ‘negatively affected’ or addicted unlike some others. This is because just like many other conditions, people’s level of vulnerability to this habit differs. The interplay of several factors determines how susceptible you are to it. As we continue in this article, we are going to examine some of the risk factors that increase your susceptibility? They include:

  1. History of this challenge in one’s family;
  2. Previous experience of sexual abuse, trauma or negative experiences;
  3. Physical and mental disorders;
  4. Drug and alcohol usage from a tender age
  5. Proximity to alcohol or other substances

The Process of Addiction Development

Since no one develops it overnight, it is very important to examine how it develops. This is very necessary so that you can do an appropriate self examination because very many individuals who use alcohol continue in the act because they claim it makes them feel good. In several cases however, quite a number of addicted folks do not even know they have crossed that line and getting to know how the process develops will open your eyes. The following are some of the ways:

  1. Gradual increase of alcohol use ‘unconsciously’. Due to the fact that you move with a certain group of people who are fond of taking few bottles of alcoholic beverages every day after work, you may gradually be getting used to it and you are becoming addicted..
  2. Reliance on alcohol to fulfill a void. You may realize that each time you have an hot argument with a colleague or your spouse, taking some bottles of alcoholic beverage ‘helps’ you or you discover that before you go for a presentation or any social event, you have to take some shots of alcohol to enhance your performance or make you confident, you are gradually becoming addicted and will need to work on your social skills and other necessary things to avoid this.
  3. Deterioration in performance. This habit may be setting in when you realize that at work or in school, your performance level is dropping due to the fact that you now spend your productive time on alcohol consumption rather than dealing with productive issues in your job or family.
  4. You seem not to have control over your use of alcohol and other substances. When, over time, you see the need to stop using alcohol and you attempt to but each time you have an issue, you find solace in alcohol consumption, and it seems you are powerless in confronting it. When what you started as a voluntary choice has turned into a physical and psychological need, addiction has set in.

There is Hope

Probably, you have observed any of the things mentioned above; all hope is not lost as you can overcome. There are programmes and activities designed to get you out. There are quite a number of rehabilitation centres and de-addiction centres that you can benefit from. Safe house wellness retreat is a good example of places you can get all the help you need to break that habit!

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KURT COBAIN Musician 1967 – 1994 (27)

Kurt Cobain was an American musician and artist, best known as lead singer, guitarist, and primary songwriter for the grunge band Nirvana. Nirvana has sold over 25 million records in the United States alone and over 75 million records worldwide.

1986 was the first year Cobain tried heroin. By the winter of 1990, Cobain was reportedly using heroin seven days a week. On April 8, 1994, Kurt Cobain was discovered dead at his Lake Washington house. The cause of death was determined to be a suicide. The toxicological tests determined that the level of heroin in Cobain’s bloodstream was 1.52 milligrams per litre.

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BRADLEY COOPER – Actor (Recovering Alcoholic)

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Bradley Cooper
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Bradley Cooper is an American actor and producer. He has been nominated for four Academy Awards, three for acting and one for producing, and one Tony Award. He was named the “Sexiest Man Alive” by People magazine in 2011.

Cooper’s breakout success came after his starring role in The Hangover, and he’s since starred in a string of box office hits, like American Hustle and Silver Linings Playbook. But he believes none of this would’ve happened if he hadn’t put down booze and pills 11 years ago.

 

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RUSSELL BRAND – Comedian (Recovering Addict)

Brand is an English comedian, actor, radio host, author, and activist. He has abstained from drug use since attending rehab at the Focus 12 Centre in 2002. On 13 December 2014, Brand tweeted that he was celebrating his 12th year of sobriety. He has also acted as a “sponsor” for numerous people undergoing treatment at a rehabilitation centre.

In 2007, he had his first major film role in St Trinian’s, and the following year he landed a major role in the romantic comedy-drama Forgetting Sarah Marshall; the film led to him starring in a spin off, the rock comedy Get Him to the Greek, alongside Jonah Hill in 2010. He also worked as a voice actor in the animated films Despicable Me in 2010, Hop in 2011, and Despicable Me 2 in 2013, and played the title character of the 2011 remake of the romantic comedy Arthur. In 2013, he released the successful stand-up special Messiah Complex.
Brand has also been a public voice for addiction and recovery, even speaking in UK parliament about his belief that addiction should be treated as a disease rather than a criminal issue.
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