Colloquially called “downers”, CNS depressants are a group of substances that acts on the central nervous system of our bodies. CNS depressants essentially slow down communication between your brain and body, producing a relaxing sensation. This is in contrast to stimulant drugs such as ecstasy which excite the brain to produce a feeling of increased energy and pleasure. Read more...
To the uninitiated, the term sustainable recovery might seem foreign and new. However, a sustainable recovery approach isn’t something new. It’s a framework of recovery that incorporates various strategies that are built upon the foundation of human rights—it’s about treating people with substance-use-disorder with dignity and compassion...Read more.
The rush of excitement, the blood pumping through your veins, the feeling that you’re taking control of your life; gambling can bring all these things and more to your life. Whether you like playing poker with friends after work or hitting the slots on a weekend getaway, gambling can be an enjoyable activity for most people. However, we all know that not everything in life is a game. Too often we see news stories about people who have become addicted to gambling and lost everything as a result. The same can also be said about drinking or any other activity that is fun in small doses but has the potential to become an addiction for some people.
The country needs to think of new approaches in an effort to combat the problem of drug addiction that is plaguing the entire country. This includes a model of treatment in rehabilitation centers that is likely needing a new lease of life in the fight to eliminate the nation’s number one problem. Following the partnership of Astro AWANI journalist, Hilmi Malik reveals a different approach in Solace Asia.
The majority of individuals who struggle with a substance addiction are employed. If you employ or manage employees for long enough, you are likely to encounter addiction in your own workplace. Here are six recommendations for how to approach the situation.
If your loved one has taken the critical step of entering a rehabilitation program for their substance abuse or other form of addiction, this is an amazing feat! You may be left, thinking, “Now what?” How do I continue to love and support them in this next phase of their journey
If your loved one is struggling with an addiction, it can be hard to know what to say and what not to say when addressing their struggle. In this two part blog series, you will learn some commonly used statements that are and are not helpful. Let’s start with some statements that are not helpful.
It may surprise you that most individuals who struggle with a substance addiction are employed. If you are a business owner or work in management, you may be the first to see the early signs and symptoms of substance abuse among one of your employees.
You probably know that not all addictions are substance abuse in nature but did you know that one of the most common recent addictions is that of internet addiction. This type of addiction typically takes the form of an addiction to a specific internet activity such as gaming, gambling, shopping, pornography, etc. There are some common signs of an internet addiction that you may identify in a loved one, employee, or even yourself.
Meth, Crack Cocaine, Marijuana, and eating disorders have also contributed to oral illnesses. Tooth decay, gingivitis, and other chronic oral infections await the unwary addict in recovery. This is because dental illnesses may still pervade long after sobriety is achieved.
Addiction treatment and care, even as it helps to find the rhythm of your life, always runs the risk you going back to the state of chaos. It has a name: relapse. And at Solace Asia, it has a solution; it has a phrase: The Solace Continuum.
Marijuana is the most commonly used recreational drug (World Drug Report, 2015) but there has been very little evidence on what it is like being a user of marijuana who is in recovery. This brings upon the question of “what are the effects of heavy users who have abused drugs before who have currently quit using?
Pressure here refers to any stimuli that pushed the addict towards an addiction. It could be that a family member or friend was abusing substances, and steered the addict towards it. Or it could be the absence of care provided by loved ones who were not aware of what was happening to their loved ones.
Alcohol Use Disorder or AUD is a problem. Anyone with a drinking problem who meets 2 out of the 11 question criteria of AUD will be diagnosed as AUD. This can range from mild binge drinking to severe alcoholism. In all this, binge drinking is a defining symptom of this illness.
Imagine this: the lord of death has arrived and is in a mood to award you a boon. It tells you, “Dear…, your time in the world is up. But given that I am on a high, I am letting you live. But death will come to you nonetheless. You can either die by overdose of opioids or by a motor vehicle crash. The choice is yours!” And the deity simply disappears.
Religions predispose people to codependence due to its theology, dogma, and organizational structure. Yet, once people can make the decision to be fruitful, honest, loving, and caring over the demands of their respective religions, their practice of religion, may in fact, ennoble them to be better human beings.
From financial and economic instability, to mental health disorders, the consequences of the lockdown to curb the spread of Covid 19, are numerous. One of the often-overlooked consequences, is addiction problematics, which have been on the rise in Malaysia since the implementation of the movement control order.
If you or someone you love enjoys alcohol, it may be difficult to recognize the line between use and overuse. Unlike drug use, alcohol is widely available and often accepted as the center of social gatherings and celebrations. Because of this, it can be hard to tell the difference between a friend who enjoys having a few drinks and someone who is on the verge of alcohol addiction.
When it comes to the likelihood of a person experimenting with drugs or alcohol developing an addiction, the playing field is not equal. There are a number of factors that affect addiction, most of which the individual has little to no control over. Here are a few of those risk factors.
Though we hear about drug addiction in the media and even displayed in movies or on television, there are many aspects of drug addiction that are misunderstood in our modern society. Let’s take a look at some common ideas surrounding drug addiction and parse out fact versus fiction.
Most of the portrayals of drug addiction that we see in the media are extremely overt and anyone walking down the street could identify the individual’s struggle. In reality, drug addiction can be very covert and those closest to the struggling individual may not be able to readily identify that there is a problem, at least at first. Since early intervention is critical to reduce the impact on life, relationships, and work, identifying early signs of a drug addiction is imperative.
An addiction doesn't just affect the person struggling with the addiction; it also affects those closest to them. Whether it be a romantic partner, a parent, a child, or a best friend, the loved ones of those facing these challenges most likely feel the effects of the addiction as well. Here are a few of the common ways that addiction may affect relationships.
Sometimes a drug or alcohol addiction is very easy to see but other times an individual may be struggling with a substance addiction and the signs are not as obvious as you would think. If you are concerned that your loved one might be struggling with a hidden addiction, here are some signs and symptoms to look for.
Drug Addiction in Malaysia has had an incremental history in spite of desperate measures by the government to prevent such things from happening. The ubiquity and pervasiveness of drugs has been due to the small time drug dealers who operate in the private spaces of the young due to having access to easier means of communication such as the ability to be online and connected through mobile and computing devices.
Triggers are the stimuli that make an addict want to use again. They originate from the addict’s memory in active addiction. Triggers can be any sensation: sights, sounds, smells and touch. At an emotional level, triggers could be: anger, sadness, depression, anxiety and fear to name a few. Spiritually, or in essence triggers happen due to a lack of serenity and connection in one’s life.
With eleven criteria used to asses each facility, Solace is proud to announce to have been awarded a 5-star rating by the National Anti-Drugs Agency Director-General CP Dato' Sri Zulkifli Bin Abdullah, ranking at the highest of its category in Malaysia.
Drug addiction is a formidable foe. Needing an often-illegal substance just as much as you need food or water is not a nice thing, to say the least. Some addicts abuse one drug while some abuse numerous. The case is generally classified as polysubstance addiction when the number of simultaneously abused substances reaches three or more. Sounds like a sticky situation, right?
Solace Asia has launched a completely online addiction treatment service simply called “Solace Online” to specifically help addicts as they are at a greater physical risk for the coronavirus as well. They often have weak immune systems and higher rates of infections and mandated self-isolation doesn’t work too well for the addicted, as social support is a key recovery element.
If your loved one is struggling with an addiction, you may feel at a loss as to how to help. By permitting addictive behaviors, covering up mistakes, or trying to alleviate the consequences of their addiction, you may inadvertently perpetuate the problem. Your loved one may continue to live in denial or think everything is under control if they are not aware of the seriousness of their struggle. One of the important ways you can help them is to set and maintain healthy boundaries. Here are some helpful tips to remember as you seek to love and help your loved ones well.
As social drinking becomes an acceptable norm, alcohol abuse has been on the rise. A nationwide study conducted by the Institute of Mental Health Singapore (IMH), found that one in 32 Singaporeans aged 18 and above suffers from alcohol misuse.
With the current Covid-19 situation around the world we would first like to wish everyone to be safe and responsible during this time. With the extra time in your hands now, we believe this is the best moment to seek treatment for your substance misuse problem so you can return to your family in a healthy state of mind, body and spirit, free from addiction.
In an effort to provide mental health services to as many as possible and come to the rescue to those unable to find support, Solace Asia has put together a team of mental health professionals offering online counseling and psychotherapy under the brand name of Solace Wellness.