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. more…

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.

Types of Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are disturbances in your association with food that are severe enough to cause issues with your health or your social relationships. more…

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.

A Behavioral Addiction

Gambling disorder alludes to the uncontrollable urge to gamble, in spite of serious personal ramifications. Problem gambling can affect a man’s interpersonal relationships, financial situation, and physical and mental health. Yet it has just as of late been recognized as an addiction. Problem gambling was first classified a psychiatric disorder in 1980. In the third edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, the American Psychiatric Association’s guide to psychiatric disorders, the condition was named “pathological gambling” and classified as an impulse disorder, alongside disorders like kleptomania and pyromania. In 2013, it was renamed “gambling disorder” and moved to the Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders classification, which incorporates alcohol and drug addictions. more…

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.

In the video, the victims explain how addiction had negative effects in their lives, such as losing friends, family and loved ones. Euphonik rightly puts it that drug addiction in SA is a big issue, and if it’s not addressed it will have serious repercussions on the victims and their families and loved ones – this will also inevitably have severe consequences in our society as crime rate is usually catapulted when individuals are under the influence of drugs and substances.

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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.

Should you have a grandparent or parents that are addicted to alcohol the chances of you becoming addicted is high. It could stem from how you were raised – if alcohol was available to you from a young age or if your parents tolerated or encouraged the use of it, the more likely you are to enjoy drinking. If you have an underlying psychiatric illness and struggle with emotional health, like depression, are dealing with stress, grief, loss, anger and even anxiety you are more than likely going to develop an alcohol addiction as an attempt to numb the emotional pain.

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S.P. Success Story

My success story… 17 January 2017

How my journey began… Easter weekend 2014, I made the decision myself to pick my first drug after having seen it at a party the month before. I thought nothing of it at the time, it did not phase me in the least… or so I thought… i had no idea that my boyfriend at the time was using and was an addict, I was entirely naive to the whole thing. Until the day I said to him “I want to try it, how do we get it” his immediate response was “don’t worry I know” and immediately dialed the number. I then asked “how do you know?” again his response was “don’t worry I know everything”.

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A.T. Success Story

On my arrival at CHANGES Treatment Centre, I remember receiving a warm hug from Yonit. I was fearful, not knowing what to expect and whether the Halfway House was the right option for me. As soon as I started attending the Ouptatient Group sessions, I knew I was in the right place. I became more comfortable and started trusting that the system, programme would work for me. My counsellor Elimien, whom I saw weekly, helped me work through situations that I had trouble dealing with, which made my head space much clearer and manageable.

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Success Story T.H

When I arrived at CHANGES, I was a wreck. I was in the lowest pit of despair, a shell of a human being. I was physically and emotionally wrecked and I had nothing and nowhere to go. I did not even know that I was an addict! I believed that I had all sorts of other problems and that drugs were not part of them. Almost immediately, the team at CHANGES made me feel at home, my Counsellor and the staff gave me their all.

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Warren M Success Story

I am currently a resident at one of the 3 halfway houses operated by CHANGES Treatment Centre. I moved here to continue into my next phase of treatment and recovery after spending time in the Inpatient Treatment Centre. I believe that I am in an unbiased position to “compare” CHANGES to other rehabilitation Centres around the country. I say this because I have been to 11 Rehabs. I also worked as a House Manager in 3 rehabs as well as facilitating the opening of a very successful primary/secondary care treatment centre in Plettenburg Bay.

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