Addiction Advice

For patients and families Advice for people who are struggling with addiction - either themselves, or because of a family member or friend. In this section we aim to inform, advise and give hope. Please contact us if you would like us to address a particular issue.

For patients and families Advice for people who are struggling with addiction - either themselves, or because of a family member or friend. In this section we aim to inform, advise and give hope. Please contact us if you would like us to address a particular issue.

September 18, 2017

Addiction is classified as a medical disease, just as asthma and diabetes are diseases. However, society has long treated addiction in a much more negative light than other diseases. Even when conditions such as cancer and hypertension result from habits like smoking cigarettes or eating a salt-rich diet, we treat the disease without judging the patient. Not so with addiction: Society often views addicts and alcoholics with disdain, blaming them for not having the strength or the willpower to quit.

September 18, 2017

Despite its popularity as a “club drug” and the belief that it is a safe drug, Ecstasy or MDMA is addictive, and individuals who use this drug can experience severe withdrawal symptoms that are akin to the symptoms of withdrawal from heroin or methamphetamines. Ecstasy is a psychoactive central nervous system stimulant. When a user stops taking ecstasy can result in severe flu-like symptoms, including aches and pains, gastric distress, drowsiness, lethargy, and soreness.

September 8, 2017

When Kids are Exposed to Drugs at Home

Parents who used drugs or alcohol before they started their own families may be tempted to continue that drug use around their children. They might justify their drug use on the premise of earning or deserving a break after a hard day, or on the theory that their children will be exposed to drug use among friends and they will be better off if they learn how to use drugs “responsibly”.

September 8, 2017

What to Do When the Urge to Drink Returns

For many recovering alcoholics, stopping all consumption of alcohol is the easy part. After an initial detox period that often includes uncomfortable even unbearable physical symptoms, an alcoholic will get sober and begin the process of rebuilding their life in recovery. Getting sober is not the same as staying sober, however, and all recovering alcoholics will experience strong cravings and urges to drink not just once or twice, but several times during their journey toward long-term recovery.

September 8, 2017

The Benefits of Vitamin D

Vitamin D is unique in that it is one of the few substances that your body can manufacture of its own accord simply with adequate exposure to sunlight. This vitamin is not a single substance, but is instead a group of related substances (including vitamins D1, D2 and D3) that are both vitamins and hormones. Vitamin D is essential for healthy bones and to maintain natural resistance to certain diseases.

September 5, 2017

“Hangover” is a collective term for the group of physical symptoms that someone might experience the day after a bout of heavy alcohol consumption. It includes all of the symptoms that have been lampooned in popular culture and reinforced throughout the history of drinking, including headaches, nausea, lethargy, aches and pains, and “cottonmouth”, or dry mouth. The condemnations and judgments of society typically react to a hangover as if it is just punishment for an evening of alcoholic debauchery, but the reality of a hangover is much more complex than just a payback.

September 4, 2017

Naltrexone is an opioid antagonist that blocks the effects of heroin and other opiate drugs in the brain. Although it is classified as an opioid antagonist, naltrexone can also be effective for treatment of alcoholism. An addict or alcoholic who is being treated with naltrexone will experience none of the euphoria that they seek from his drug. Those euphoric feelings reinforce heroin or alcohol addiction with each dose. The theory behind naltrexone and other opioid antagonists is that without that reinforcement, there is a better chance of breaking the addiction.

September 1, 2017

The American author, Mark Twain, is famously reported to have quipped that “it’s easy to quit smoking - I’ve done it hundreds of times.” Smokers who have developed a nicotine addiction will appreciate the irony in this quote, particularly if they have tried to stop smoking on one or more occasions. The physical and psychological connection to nicotine can create cravings that overwhelm even the most dedicated individual and that can doom their attempts to stop smoking.

August 31, 2017

If you want to help someone in your family to break a drug or alcohol habit but you are confused about what steps to take, retaining the services of a family intervention specialist may be your best option. A specialist will help you to plan an intervention that will hopefully bring your loved one to the realization that treatment is in order. You might try to handle an intervention without the assistance of a professional interventionist, but your emotional ties to your family member can quickly throw you off of your intervention plan and derail your efforts to help him.

August 30, 2017

Triggers are a part of living with addiction and alcoholism. The brain becomes deeply associated with memories, learning patterns, and habits of behavior. Cravings for drugs and alcohol can be triggered by something as simple as driving down a familiar street where a drug dealer lives or a party house is, perhaps by the local pub. Going abroad for treatment means endless new experiences which start to replace old experiences. Part of the experience of recovering from drug and alcohol addiction is recreating purpose, meaning, and experiences without drugs and alcohol.