WHAT HAPPENS TO YOUR BRAIN WHEN YOU TAKE DRUGS?

When people speak of drug addiction they often do not realize the effects that the drugs have on your brain and why it is so difficult to quit. Many individuals who take drugs try to convince themselves that they can quit whenever they want and this feeds the misconception that drug addiction can be stopped by mere willpower. The chemicals found in many of these substances cause drug users to compulsively seek out and use drugs because of the chemicals being triggered in their brains.


UNDERSTANDING EATING DISORDERS: ANOREXIA, BULIMIA, AND BINGE EATING

A larger number of people die from eating disorders than from any other psychiatric condition. Eating disorders are critical mental health disorders with life-threatening physical and psychological complications. The impacts of malnutrition, and different consequences of behaviors related with eating disorders, can prompt serious organ damage and sudden death. What's more, half of all deaths associated with eating disorders are from suicide. In the event that you have an eating disorder, it's essential to recognize the seriousness of your condition. You should look for professional help, ideally from somebody who is a specialist in helping people with eating disorders. More people die from eating disorders than from any other category of psychiatric conditions.


GAMBLING ADDICTION - UNDERSTANDING HOW THE BRAIN GETS ADDICTED

Gambling, whether it be the lottery, scratch cards, casino games, bingo, Internet poker, or sports betting, is more acceptable and accessible than any other time in recent memory. For a great many people, gambling is a recreational activity. Be that as it may, for a huge minority, it advances to a serious problem. As of late, researchers and psychological health experts decided to classify problem gambling as a behavioral addiction, the first of its kind, placing it in a category of disorders that likewise incorporates substance abuse. The explanation behind this change originates from neuroscience research about, which has demonstrated that gambling addicts have a lot in common with drug and alcohol addicts, including changes in behavior and brain activity.


CHANGES AND EUPHONIK - MAKING A DIFFERENCE

Euphonik, one of South Africa's most prominent DJs in the entertainment industry, has embarked on a campaign that he calls Random Acts of Kindness - changing the world 1 person and 1 day at a time. This time he collaborates with Changes Treatment Centre to help Sipho and Shiraz who were battling with drug and alcohol abuse.


A LETTER FROM AN ALCOHOLIC ADDICT

I am an Alcoholic Addict; and I need your help!

  • DON'T lecture, blame, or scold me. You would not be angry at me for having TB or Diabetes. Addiction and Alcoholism is a disease too...
  • DON'T throw away my drugs and alcohol, it's just a waste because I can always get more.
  • DON'T let me provoke your anger. If you attack me verbally or physically, you will only confirm my bad opinion of myself, I hate myself enough already.
  • DON'T be inconsistent and make empty threats. Once you have made a decision, stick to it.
  • DON'T believe everything I tell you, it may be a lie. Denial of reality is a symptom of my disease. Moreover, I am likely to lose respect for those I can fool too easily.
  • DON'T let me take advantage of you or exploit you. Love cannot exist for long without the dimension of justice.
  • DON'T cover up for me or try in any way to avoid the consequences of my choices.
  • DON'T meet all my obligations, it may avert or reduce the very crisis that would prompt me to confront my issues. I can continue to deny my issues as long as you provide an automatic escape from the consequences of my choices.

SIGNS OF ALCOHOL ABUSE

Alcohol is one of the most cunning drugs available to man. It is socially acceptable, encouraged, celebrated with, commiserated with and abused by billions of people. Most people don't even realise that they have an alcohol addiction until it's too late. Alcoholism has been recognised as having a genetic link to previous generations and the life long debate exists as to whether it is "nature or nurture" that causes it. Much like the chicken and egg fable, nobody knows exactly where it starts.


THE TWELVE STEP PROGRAMME

The Twelve-step programme is a guideline or spiritual principle that addicts are recommended to follow in order to complete the recovery process.