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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The NIDA in 2019 also suggests that most people who frequently use large amounts of marijuana reports the following; having lower life satisfaction overall, having poorer mental health state, subjugating to poorer physical health, and are subdued by more relationship problems (both interpersonal and intrapersonal communication being affected).
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
I was reading a Time magazine post about how Kay Warren, an American woman, fought drug use in her family. It is a horrible tale. Her younger brother fell prey to heroin addiction and pretty much lost everything. Then it took tons and tons of forgiveness, love and courage by that family to reclaim his life. He was virtually dragged back from hell leaving a trail of destruction and awe.
Loneliness is a common emotion, albeit an unpleasant one. Although many factors can cause a feeling of loneliness, it is most commonly attributed to the simple state of being alone or isolated, especially for prolonged periods of time. The feeling may also be amplified when someone finds themselves alone at times which people generally spend together, such as Christmas or Valentine’s day. Sounds sad, doesn’t it? Being alone on Valentine’s day? Well, it doesn’t have to be.