19 April 2016

Drug Addiction Treatment

Most of all addicted individuals believe that they can stop using drugs of their own free will, and most try to stop without treatment. Absolutely sure, some people are successful, but some don’t. The reason is that self-administration results changes in the brain that persist long after discontinuation of drug. These changes often include an inability to exert control over the impulse to use drugs. So this inability is the symptom of drug addiction.

The common problems when a person starts to use drugs and can’t stop, even he doesn’t need it, are: psychological stress because of the rush of city life; family problems; psychiatric illness; pain, not physical, but usually associated with medical problems; social group pressure (advice of relatives and friends); high-pressure advertising (persuader to buy this or that catholicon).

Drug addiction treatment is assigned to help addicted people stop compulsive drug seeking and taking. Treatment can occur in a variety of forms and settings, and take different lengths of time. Keep in mind: drug addiction is a chronic disorder as a general rule, so a short-term, one-time treatment is usually not effective. Any treatment is a long-term process that requires endeavours from the patient.

The best drug addiction treatment programs are usually offer a combination of therapies and other services to meet a requirement of the individual patient. The individual differences, those taken into account are: age, race, pregnancy, other drug use, comorbidities, culture, sexual orientation, gender, parenting, housing, and employment.

On a case-by-case basis, drug addiction treatment can include:

• Behavioral therapy; individual or group consulting; cognitive therapy; contingency management. Behavioral therapies can help motivate people to get in on act drug treatment; find best strategies of treatment; prevent exacerbation and relapse; give countenance. It can also help people improve communication, relationship, and parenting.

• Medications, or their combination. Treatment medications, such as methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone, are available for individuals addicted to opioids. The group of nicotine preparations (patches, gum, lozenges, and nasal spray) and the medications varenicline and bupropion are available for individuals addicted to tobacco. Antidepressants and antianxiety agents, mood stabilizers and antipsychotic medications, may be also necessary for treatment success if patients have such mental disorders as depression, anxiety disorders (for example post-traumatic stress disorder), bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia.

There are many different drug addiction treatment methods that you can choose from when you're contemplating going into rehab.

01 February 2016

Smoking as a Harmful Addiction

Tobacco was imported to Europe in 16th century. Frenchman Jean Nicot (nicotine was called by his name) brought tobacco to France and then tobacco got to England. Like tea, coffee and opium, tobacco was one of other intoxicants that originally used in medicine. Indians believed that tobacco was a present from God and used to smoke it in holy ceremonies, or to fix a deal. They smoked since childhood and applied tobacco mixed with some plants to heal from cold, asthma and tuberculosis.

It is estimated that about 1.22 billion people smoke nowadays. And although everyone knows that smoking is a harmful addiction, only few people are aware how dangerous it is. Tobacco contains nicotine - psychoactive drug, which is highly addictive and acts as a stimulant and depressant at the same time. Nicotine serves as an appetite suppressant as well.

Nicotine produces structural and functional changes in the body. While smoker try to quit smoking, some symptoms like headaches, irritability, insomnia probably will appear. This is called withdrawal syndrome. It takes time for the body and mind to recover from addiction. In fact, nicotine acts similar to heroin and cocaine and affects the same area of the brain.

Nicotine promotes to enhance the level of glucose in blood and producing of insulin. Long-term smokers are under the increasing risk of such diseases as diabetes, lung cancer, emphysema, and chronic bronchitis; as well pregnancy-related problems; tooth and gum diseases; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Many smokers experience those painful illnesses, take medicines and still smoking.

The passive smoking is considered to entail cancer and is a cause for about 3,000 lung cancer deaths of nonsmoking people each year. Smoking of parents affects the function of lungs of newborn babies and this can persist during the whole life. It is estimated that about four million children a year get sick from passive smoking.

Most smokers want to give up smoking but only small percent of smokers succeed in it. It's not really very difficult and anyone can manage with it if he does it by the right way. If you decide to quit smoking, don't give up! There are many methods to stop smoking. Families, relatives and friends can support, but the desire and commitment to quit smoking must be your own. In case you join some quit smoking programs, you have a better chance to succeed. Those programs combine different strategies, including friend support and ways to overcome relapse problems.

22 January 2016

Quit Smoking Timeline. Part 2.

Two days later, those who gave up smoking will begin to feel taste and smell; as the receptors of the nose and mouth which had been damaged by tobacco smoke will be restored.

After several days one will notice that the breathing becomes fresh and easy. The fact is that tar contained in tobacco smoke clogs and irritates bronchial tubes. After cleansing of bronchi the breathing becomes easier and energy levels increase. Furthermore, the complexion will improve; hair and skin will get rid of the smell of tobacco.

After half a year lungs function will improve, since they will be cleared from accumulated wastes of tobacco smoke. Any smoker’s signs such as cough, wheeze, or shallow breathing or disappear shortness of breath while walking will disappear.

In addition, there will be rehabilitation of the cardiovascular system that will impact not only on the internal state of the body but also on the mental clarity and memory. Sleep will be normalized and even appearance will lose the imprint of nicotine addiction with time.

As researches show after several years of healthy non-smoking life, risks of diseases such as heart attack, lung cancer, will be almost the same as for those who never smoked. These odds increase as times goes by.

In general the consequences of quit smoking is a highly individual and depend on physical health, experience of the smoker, his age and mental attitude. In reality, after quitting smoking a person will get benefits at any age.

18 January 2016

Quit Smoking Timeline. Part 1.

It is generally believed that the abrupt quit of smoking may be hazardous to the body.

Actually, if a person quit smoking he feels uncomfortable because of the body's response to nicotine dependence. All of these consequences are the result of accumulated toxins from smoking. Coming into the body, nicotine gradually begins to participate in metabolism process.

Contaminants are gathered in lungs and bronchus and, as well, nicotine decomposition products are accumulated in the liver. When a person quits smoking his body begins to get rid from the harmful ballast, throwing out all the toxins and wastes in the intestines.

The first time after quitting smoking a person may suffer from cough, chest pain or a weakness. This is due to the restructuring of the body and the removing of contaminants which tobacco contains. The body rejects resins and other wastes, which have been accumulated in the lungs for years.

The first noticeable improvements occur within 8 hours, as the blood is saturated with the needed level of oxygen for 8 hours and heartbeat and blood pressure will return to normal.

After 24 hour all carbon monoxide from tobacco smoke will have been removed from the body and lungs will begin to clear out mucus and residual debris that has accumulated from the inhalation of tobacco smoke.

09 October 2015

Quit Smoking Today

When smokers first start smoking cigarettes, they believe that smoking made them feel more confident and more relaxed. And as a result of lighting up those first few cigarettes, smokers install these useless beliefs straight into their unconscious, beliefs that also included the idea that quitting smoking was going to be really hard.

At the same time, smokers make a conscious decision to choose those perceived benefits of feeling better, more relaxed and more confident, over the original physical reactions of inhaling the toxic smoke. So, as time goes on and their nicotine addiction was formed completely, smokers started to mistake the relief of feeding that addiction with feelings of relaxation and self-assurance. Then for many years, with the help of thousands of cigarettes, smokers have trained their unconscious minds to wrongly associate the process of lighting and smoking a cigarette with feeling good, confident and relaxed.

So, how to quit smoking once and for all? So, what if it is really easy? What if all your beliefs about how difficult it is going to be to quit smoking are completely false? What if, after just one session of hypnotherapy or NLP you find it unbelievably easy to become and remain a happy, confident non-smoker for life?

The reason why hypnotherapy and NLP are so successful is because both our beliefs about smoking and our habitual smoking behaviors reside within your unconscious mind. While consciously we want to quit smoking, our all-powerful unconscious mind simply does not. Hypnotherapy and NLP allow us to retrain the unconscious mind to change those false beliefs about smoking and quitting smoking to something more positive and helpful!

So as a result, the all too common withdrawal symptoms of irritability, mood swings and cravings, the common reasons for the relapse, will be reinstated with feelings of relaxation, better self-confidence and overall happiness.