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Drug Addiction (Substance Abuse)!

MD - Acupuncture, Diploma In Accupuncture, Advanced Diploma In Accupuncture
Acupuncturist, Delhi
Drug Addiction (Substance Abuse)!
Treatment of Drug addiction (substance abuse)

Homeopathic Treatment of Drug addiction (substance abuse)
Acupuncture & Acupressure Treatment of Drug addiction (substance abuse)
Psychotherapy Treatment of Drug addiction (substance abuse)
Conventional / Allopathic Treatment of Drug addiction (substance abuse)
Surgical Treatment of Drug addiction (substance abuse)
Dietary & Herbal Treatment of Drug addiction (substance abuse)
Other Treatment of Drug addiction (substance abuse)
What is Drug addiction (substance abuse)
Symptoms of Drug addiction (substance abuse)
Causes of Drug addiction (substance abuse)
Risk factors of Drug addiction (substance abuse)
Complications of Drug addiction (substance abuse)
Lab Investigations and Diagnosis of Drug addiction (substance abuse)
Precautions & Prevention of Drug addiction (substance abuse)
Treatment of Drug addiction (substance abuse)

Homeopathic Treatment of Drug addiction (substance abuse)

Homeopathy treatment is an effective against heroin, opium, morphine, cocaine, nicotine, alcohol, caffeine, or any other addictive drug. It is thought that homeopathic remedies are able to stimulate a person s bodily systems to deal with stress and illness more efficiently. Homeopathy helps at three levels, detoxification, the present physical condition and the actual state of mind. Some common homeopathic medicines for drug addiction (substance abuse) are:

Avena
Cham
Lach
Nux V
Passi

Acupuncture & Acupressure Treatment of Drug addiction (substance abuse)

Acupuncture and auriculopuncture are worldwide popular for curing drug addiction (substance abuse). Electroacupuncture at the specific point effectively reduced the alcohol-drinking behavior. Acupuncture not only handles the symptoms and craving, but it also reduces fears and hostilities that usually upset drug abuse treatment options.

Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy Treatment of Drug addiction (substance abuse)

Psychologist, psychiatrist or addiction counselor may help you resist the temptation to resume using addicting drugs. Behavior therapies can help you develop ways to deal with your drug cravings, suggest strategies to avoid drugs and prevent relapse, and offer recommendations on how to deal with a relapse if it takes place. Hypnotherapy is excellent in curing dependence, subconscious urges as well as withdrawal symptoms.

Conventional / Allopathic Treatment of Drug addiction (substance abuse)

Allopathic medicines of drug addiction (substance abuse) help defeat addictive craving. They compete with cells in the brain and cause reversal of drug effects. Such medicines are Buprenorphine and Suboxone. Methadone has been used for decades to withdraw addicts from severe heroin dependence and has a history of successful maintenance therapy.

Dietary & Herbal Treatment of Drug addiction (substance abuse)

High-fiber diet with plenty of complex carbohydrates
Take vitamin and mineral supplements.

What is Drug addiction (substance abuse)?

Drug addiction (substance abuse) is a chronic relapsing disorder characterized by persistent drug-seeking and drug-taking behaviours. Common addictive drugs are barbiturates, alcohol, and morphine and other opioids, especially heroin.

Symptoms of Drug addiction (substance abuse)

You may need the drug just to feel good.
Using the drug becomes a habit
Failing in your attempts to stop using the drug
Spending money on the drug, even though you can t afford it
Doing things to obtain the drug that you normally wouldn t do, such as stealing
Feeling that you need the drug to deal with your problems
Doing risky activities when you re under the influence of the drug
Causes of Drug addiction (substance abuse)
Personality and peer pressure
Severe Anxiety
Depression

Risk factors of Drug addiction (substance abuse)

Inherited
A lack of attachment with your parents
Psychological problem such as depression or hyperactivity disorder

Complications of Drug addiction (substance abuse)

Physical health problems
Commit suicide
Accidents
Communicable disease

Diagnosis of Drug addiction (substance abuse)

Your physician may ask concerns about the consistency of drug use, whether any family member has criticized your drug use or whether you ve ever thought you might have an issue. Mental health professionals diagnose the mental conditions.

Precautions &Prevention of Drug addiction (substance abuse)

Talk to your children about the risks of drug use and abuse
Strengthen your relationship with your children
Stick with your treatment plan
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My 83 year old grandmother accidentally took two 20 mg amlodipine at the same time. She's supposed to take it once in the morning and once at night but accidentally took the first dose of the day twice. Will she be okay?

C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician, Alappuzha
My 83 year old grandmother accidentally took two 20 mg amlodipine at the same time. She's supposed to take it once in...
There will not be any serious effect and she will be OK . It is not fatal to take two 20 mg amlodipine at the same time. by mistake
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If a 18 year old girl taken 10 paracip 500 mg once what will happen & what will be the diet &remedies.

MD - Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath, Vadodara
If a 18 year old girl taken 10 paracip 500 mg once what will happen & what will be the diet &remedies.
10 tablet will not develop any symptoms though you should be careful. If you found any new symptoms than you should consult a physician. Gave her plenty of water. More the better.
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Why Marijuana Is Bad For Your Sexual Health?

MCh - Urology/Genito-Urinary Surgery, MCh - Plastic Surgery, MS - General Surgery, DNB Geito urinary surgery, MNAMS Urology
Sexologist, Aurangabad
Why Marijuana Is Bad For Your Sexual Health?
When you face difficulty in maintaining an erection long enough for having a satisfactory sexual intercourse, it is said to be caused due to a condition called impotence. Sexual satisfaction is vital in a relationship, and when impotence is the reason for displeasure, you must try to understand the cause of impotence.

Often, believed to have a connection with the consumption of marijuana, many people ask questions whether it is possible to treat this condition or not. Well, there are quite a few options that can treat this particular sexual problem of men.

What is marijuana?
Marijuana is a psychoactive drug, also known as cannabis, acquired from the Cannabis plant, which is intended for recreational and medical purposes. As far as the global status of marijuana is concerned, it is an illicit drug that is most commonly used. Containing over 400 chemicals, the effects of marijuana can be psychosis, suicidal thinking, mood changes, addictions, etc.

Can marijuana influence impotence?
Many studies have established a relationship between marijuana and erectile dysfunction or impotence. But marijuana does not have a direct influence on erectile dysfunction. Rather, it's the effects that marijuana has on the brain that increases the risks of the exasperating and depilating sexual problem called impotence.

Many people smoke marijuana as it leaves them mentally feeling all good and pleasant. Every time they smoke marijuana, the levels of the inflammatory hormones in the body such as the prostaglandin E-2increases. Though these hormones help in relaxing the muscles of the body, an excessive production of them can cause serious inflammation in the body. Therefore, consumption of marijuana beyond the right dosage leads to the arteries becoming constricted. The arteries play a crucial role in erections, and the inability of the arteries in pumping enough blood to the necessary areas results in erectile dysfunction.

How Ayurveda and sexology can be of help?
Sexology is the study of the human relationships and sexual life that focuses on analyzing, and offering a solution to the sexual problems. While Ayurveda deals with boosting the immunity power of the body from within and eliminating the cause of a disease. So for treating impotence caused due to the intake of marijuana both the medicinal specialties offer great help. It is done by detoxifying the toxins that marijuana leaves inside the body and completely heal the person of impotence.

Impotence is also referred to as erectile dysfunction, and nowadays, it is one of the most common sexual conditions in men. Though it is not a life-threatening condition, it can have a significant and serious impact on a person's quality of life, as well his personal or sexual life. Therefore, opting for necessary treatment is essential to ensure a normal and sexually satisfying life.
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Understanding Addiction And The Key Steps To Recover From It!

M.Phil - Clinical Psychology, Bsc - Psychology, Msc - Applied Psychology
Psychologist, Delhi
Understanding Addiction And The Key Steps To Recover From It!
What is Addiction?

Addiction is a condition in which individual engages in using a substance or seeking a behaviour which leads to rewarding effects in the brain and it reinforce the individual to repeat the using or seeking behaviour again and again. Addiction develops gradually over a period of time and due to the repetition of same pleasure seeking pattern individual become physically and psychologically dependent on the substance or to any other object at the center of addiction.

People can get addicted to many substances like, alcohol, nicotine, drugs, solvents, etc. In case of these substances, physical and mental dependency both can occur. There are other objects and behaviours which also activate brain reward system in the same way and can make people dependent on them, like gambling, shopping, videogames, watching pornography, etc. But in case of these objects or behaviours, psychological dependency can be more prominent.

It has been seen that there are lots of other mental problems found among individuals suffering from any kind of addiction, like anxiety, depression, personality disorders, psychosis, etc. Individual who is addicted to a substance or an object or behaviour indulge into compulsive pattern of seeking the same inspite of their detrimental consequences. Consequences of addiction can be seen on person s health, personal life, occupational life and social life. Addiction can lead to severe unmanageability in one s life.

Especially when it comes to substances, like alcohol, nicotine or any kind of drugs, we must understand how the tolerance level of the brain develops? Tolerance develops when an individual no longer responds to a substance in the way he/she did at first. So, it takes a higher dose of the substance to achieve the same effect as when the individual first used it. This is why people with substance use disorders use more and more of a drug to get the high feeling that they seek.



A blog posted by an alcoholic:

I always wished I could drink like other people. But I never could. I thought it was the third drink that got me into trouble. If I only had two, then I d be fine. Thing is, once I put that first drink to my lips, I could no longer accurately predict what would happen next. I might go home, but I might not.

You d think if I made it home, then my drinking was a success. Wrong! If I made it home after two drinks, there was an insatiable need raging within me and I was gonna take it out on you. After all, you re the reason why I had to come home. I would punish my family by being silent, or mean, or emotionally distant.

Looking back, it was never intentional. I didn t purposely choose not to go home. I didn t leave the house with a suitcase containing a fresh set of clothes, a tooth brush and my cosmetics. Seriously, I was only going out for a few.

If anybody can relate to this or can understand this, he or she can understand tolerance, powerlessness and unmanageability.

How to recover from addiction?

To be an addict can t be anybody s choice, but recovery can be one s choice. The first key step to come out of your addiction is developing acceptance. For a person to admit their powerlessness in addiction to drugs or alcohol or to any other object at the center of addiction is a monumental first step to recovery. Powerlessness means the person do not have any control over his/her use of substance. Powerlessness may indicate weakness and helplessness; some may think it fosters a victim mentality. Acceptance starts developing when a person admit that he or she is powerless over the substance or object at the center of addiction and their life have become unmanageable because of that.

Addiction is a disease and recovery is not an easy process. Individuals who are already into the grip of addiction need to seek help. One cannot go through the journey of recovery alone. There is a myth that addiction is a habit and one can get out of it if he or she has the Will Power . It s actually not true. To get out of the disease you need to develop Skill Power , like skills to understand your physical and psychological mechanisms when it comes to the substance or the object of addictions, skills to handle cravings, skills to be assertive enough to manage social cues, skills to deal with day to day life stressors, etc. And in this process of developing skills and maintaining your recovery you need help of professionals.

A complete treatment program has three important approaches. First one is psychopharmacological (medicine) approach, second is psychotherapeutic approach and the third one is the 12 step program of alcohol/narcotics anonymous. A combination of psychotherapies along with the basic essence of 12 step program can bring greater outcomes in individual suffering from addiction.
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Top 10 Psychologist in Bangalore!

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Lakhimpur Kheri
Top 10 Psychologist in Bangalore!
Psychological disorders such as familial trouble, personality or childhood disorders, anxiety or depression are more common than we think. If not treated timely they can result in in terminal diseases. Therefore it is important to consult the best psychologist in Bangalore. Here is list of top 10 psychologist in Bangalore:

1. Ms. Sandhya C

M.Sc - Psychotherapy

Ms. Sandhya C is a Psychologist with 4 years of experience and is one of the most trusted Psychologists in Bangalore. She is known for her treatment of anger management, adult counseling, abnormal behavior, drug de-addiction, obsessive compulsive disorder, cognitive behavioral, grief and Premarital Counseling. She is currently practicing at J P Nagar Diagnostics & Health Centre, Bangalore.

Consultation fees: 500

2. Ms. Geetha.G

Master Of Science In Counseling & Psychotherapy

Ms. Geetha G. has over 9 years of experience and is a reputed counselling psychologist working with Dr. Levine Memorial Hospital, Bangalore. She has a wide range of services including abnormal behaviour, adult counselling, nicotine de-addiction and anger management.

Consultation fees: 750

3. Dr. Syeda Arifa Tasneem

Msc - Clinical Psychology

Dr. Syeda is a consultant psychologist and hypnotherapist from Bangalore. She is known for her seminars on stress management, psychological disorders and music therapy in the corporate sector. She is an expert in psychological and psychotherapy, stress, family therapy and anger management, child and personal development and learning disability. She is currently associated with Apollo Spectra.

Consultation fees: 2000

4. Dr. Ms. Hema Sampath

Masters In Clinical Psychology, Diploma In Counselling Skills, NLP

Dr. Hema Sampath is a counseling psychologist and runs a counseling center called regenerating lives, a new beginning. She has been practicing as a counselor for 11 years. Her areas of expertise are adult and couple psychotherapy, stress and anger management, marital and adult counselling.

Consultation fees: 1000

5. Dr. Lakshmi.J

MA - Psychology, M.Phil - Mental Health & Social Psychology, PhD - Psychology

Dr. Lakshmi is a consulting Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Counsellor & Yogic scholar. She has successfully handled cases of intensive psychological disorders using her advanced and effective therapies. She is currently practicing at Jain University, Bangalore.

Consultation fees: 1200

6. Dr. Renu E George

PhD - Clinical Psychology, M.Phil - Clinical Psychology

Dr. Renu E George is a popular clinical psychologist in Bangalore. She is currently affiliated with Brain To Mind: Center For Psychological Assessment & Psychotherapy in Arekere, Bangalore and has 13 years of experience. She is a member of Indian Association of Clinical Psychologists. Her areas of counselling are psychological assessment, premarital counseling, psychotherapy, and executive functions training for children.

Consultation fees: 900

7. Dr. Saul Pereira

Reparenting Technique, BA, BEd

Dr. Saul is practicing as a counselling psychologist at Saul Pereira Clinic, Bangalore. He has been practicing for over 45 years now and has successfully dealt in cases related to stress, addiction of drugs and premarital counselling and parenting issues. Other areas of his interest are abnormal behavior, psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, OCD management and anger issues.

Consultation fees: 1000

8. Ms. Samiksha Jain

Diploma in Counselling Skills, Basic skills & Counselling, Couple and Family Counselling, Basic course in integrated clinical hypnosis CHI

Ms. Samiksha Jain is known for warmth, care and personal touch in her counselling . She uses some advance techniques for her therapeutic counseling. She has an experience of over 10 years and is currently practicing at Sahara Counselling Services. Before this she was associated with command hospital, sunshine autism school, Taj vivanta and parikrama center for learning. She is a member of international transactional analysis association.

Consultation fees: 1000

9. Mr. Senthilkumar L

Diploma in psychology, PVA ayurveda

Mr. Senthilkumar L is a Certified Ayurveda therapist and a psychologist. He specializes in counselling related to Relationship counseling, Marriage/ Couple counseling, Stress Management, Pre-marriage assessment, Work Life Balance issues. He also provides ayurvedic therapies for wellness of body and mind . Other than this he is also a Career and Life coach. He practices at live to life balance.

Consultation fees: 500

10. Ms. Sadhana Mishra

M.Sc - Applied Psychology

Dr. Sadhana Mishra is a reputed Clinical Psychologist and Health Psychologist in Mumbai. She has experience of solving various issues using psychoanalysis like treatment of Learning Disorders, Insomnia, Memory problems. Pre-marital Counselling, and treating psychological disorders like anxiety and depression are some other areas of interest.

Consultation fees: 800
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Top 10 Psychologist in Mumbai!

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Lakhimpur Kheri
Top 10 Psychologist in Mumbai!
Psychological disorders are common and can impact anyone around you and including yourself. If you are confused about visiting a psychologist, there are some best psychologist in Mumbai, who are friendly. It is important to take care of mental health in the same way as you take care of physical health. But the irony is that they psychological disorders are often neglected or ignored. You can consult these top 10 psychologists in Mumbai:

1. Mrs. Chhaya Jain

M.Sc - Applied Psychology, Advanced Diploma In Counselling Psychology

Mrs. Chhaya Jain is a psychologist and treats psychiatric problems without medicines. She has counselled people struggling with stress, tension and depression to live a happy life in 8 years of experience. She has special interest in cancer counselling. She currently practices at Sion Poly Clinic.

Consultation fees: 600

2. Ms. Rashi Anand Laskari

B.A., MA - Counselling Psychology

Ms. Rashi is a certified psychologist who is known for her an broad and collaborative approach to psychotherapy and counselling. She has experience of counselling children, adolescents, couples and families for varied psychological disorders. She is also associated with many academic institutions, and corporate houses and currently practices at Inner Light Counselling Center & Life Care Medical Center, Mumbai.

Consultation fees: 1500

3. Dr. Keerti Sachdeva

Ph.D - Social Psychology -, M.Phil. Educational Psychology, MSc. Child Psychology

Dr Keerti Sachdeva is an experienced and reputed psychologist with 35 years of practice.She is an active member of the Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI) and Counselors Association of India . Her areas of specialisation are social, educational and child psychology. She has been associated with some reputed schools in Delhi- NCR and Mumbai for her counselling skills and friendly nature with children. She currently practices at Positive Vibrations, Mumbai.

Consultation fees: 1000

4. Ms. Vijal Sejpal

Post Graduate Diploma In School Counselling (PGDSC), Certificate In Guidance & Counselling (CGC)

Ms. Vijal is a psychotherapist practicing from past 7 years and is currently associated with iThrive. She has also undergone training in REBT and Karkhuff module. She has rich experince in counselling of adolescents especially in cases of low self belief, anxiety, depression, stress, loneliness, relationship issues etc.

Consultation fees: 1500

5. Dr. Jimmy Mody

Diploma in Transpersonal Regression Therapy, Diploma of Clinical Hypnotherapy, Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy, Diploma in Hypnotherapy (DHT)

With more than 24 years of experience, Dr. Jimmy has in depth understanding psychological disorders. In addition to counselling he uses psychoanalysis, CBT, and hypnotherapy to treat cases of phobia, low self esteem etc. He currently practices at The Human Potential Clinic, Mumbai.

Consultation fees: 1500

6. Ms. Dipal Mehta

MA - Clinical Psychology, P.G. Diploma in Guidance and Counseling

Dr. Dipal Mehta in 17 years of practice has become a renowned name in the field of Psychology. Years of experience helps in identifying the cause of behavioural patterns and treat accordingly. Her areas of special interest are the abnormal behavioural changes, stress & anger management and successfully handled many cases of drug and nicotine de-addiction and obsessive compulsive disorder.

Consultation fees: 2500

7. Dr. Sanjoy Mukerji

Ph. D - Alternative Medicine, PG Diploma in Psychological Counseling

Dr. Sanjoy Mukerji in 18 years of his career is a trusted name in hi field and amongst his patients. His prime areas of interest are treating various types of problems including anxiety, stress, depression, marital problems, relationship problems and sexual problems using counselling and psychotherapy. He has conducted various seminars nationally, internationally and has been interviewed by several media houses. He is also recipient of many awards and honors. He currently practices at Be Positive clinic, Mumbai.

Consultation fees: 2500

8. Ms. Rachna Kothari

MA - Psychology

Dr. Rachna Kothari is practicing as a counselling psychologist at Dr Kothari clinic, Mumbai for over 15 years now. She has successfully dealt in cases related to stress, addiction of drugs and premarital counselling and parenting issues. Other areas of her interest are abnormal behavior, psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, OCD management and anger issues.

Consultation fees: 5000

9. Ms. Seema Agarwal

Bsc - Hons, PG - Counseling, MA - Clinical Psychology

Ms. Seema Agarwal in 33 years of experience has helped numerous patients. She is a clinical psychologist and a behavioral trainer and has to her credit many national and international certificates in same. Her areas of expertise are adult and couple psychotherapy, stress and anger management, marital and adult counselling. She has also counselled many cases of
Low self esteem and confidence among teenagers.

Consultation fees: 1500

10. Dr. Mahima Bhomavat Innani

MA - Psychology, Certificate Course In Application of Counselling Therapies

Dr. Mahima Bhomavat Innani is a reputed Clinical Psychologist and Health Psychologist in Mumbai. She has experience of solving various issues using psychoanalysis like treatment of Learning Disorders, Insomnia, Memory problems. Pre-marital Counselling, and treating psychological disorders like anxiety and depression are some other areas of interest.

Consultation fees: 1000
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Hi I want to ask about my husband. My husband was addicted to corex. He use to drink corex 3-4 bottles daily for 3-4 years regularly. But then suddenly in 2016 November he told me himself that I was taking this syrup and now I have decided to leave this. And he left it successfully without any medical help. But now from 2-3 months he has started it again. But he is not admitting it in front of me but I know he is taking it again. I am worried very much he is a diabetic also. What should I do now so that he can leave it again. Please help me about this.

BHMS
Homeopath, Hyderabad
Hi I want to ask about my husband. My husband was addicted to corex. He use to drink corex 3-4 bottles daily for 3-4 ...
Initially you should create a positive atmosphere so that he can tell the facts without any fear or guilt. You can talk to him and reassure that he can overcome any problem if he accepts the reality and work towards rebuilding health by adapting good habits with clarity and sincerity. Have patience and give him some personal space and time to workout a solution that is comfortable for him. You can also convince him to talk to a doctor about his personal problems and get professional help which can make him more comfortable to accept the challenges. You can revert again for any query.
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Addiction - How Homeopathy Is Beneficial In Treating It?

BHMS, DHMS (Diploma In Homeopathic Medicine & Surgery)
Homeopath, Mohali
Addiction - How Homeopathy Is Beneficial In Treating It?
Addiction not only includes physical things we consume, such as drugs or alcohol, but also includes virtually anything, such abstract things as gambling to seemingly harmless products, such as chocolate, etc. In other words, addiction may refer to a substance dependence (e.g. drug addiction) or behavioral addiction (e.g. gambling addiction).

Causes: There is a link between the repeated uses of an addictive substance and how the human brain experience pleasure, its use has a nice reward, leading to further and more frequent use. The addictive substance, be it nicotine, alcohol or some drug actually causes physical changes in some nerve cells in the brain. After a while, the user of the potentially addictive substance does not get the same pleasure and has to increase the dose, as his/her body's tolerance to it increases. Eventually, the user no longer experiences pleasure from the substance and takes it simply to prevent withdrawal symptoms taking the substance just makes them feel normal. When tolerance increases, the risk of addiction is much greater.

Signs and Symptoms: A person starts to show symptoms when a person takes the substance, such as nicotine , alcohol etc. and has given a serious attempt to stop, but is unable to do so because of the withdrawal symptoms. The body of an addict will go in withdrawal state when once the level of the substance abused is below a certain level. When a person goes in withdrawal state it will show signs, such as craving, bouts of moodiness, bad temper, poor focus, extreme temperament, poor focus, continuous feeling of depression, emptiness, frustration, anger, bitterness and resentment. Apart from these the addict will also display symptoms such as increased appetite, insomnia, constipation,and diarrhea. Withdrawal caused by some substances can also trigger signs like violence, seizures, hallucination, sweating and trembling, etc. However, the addiction continues despite health problem awareness. An addicted person commonly feels they need their drug in order to deal with their problems.

Investigation of Addiction: Blood test is advised to determine whether the substance is still in the blood (whether the substance has been taken recently). DSM criteria for substance dependence that is a patient diagnosed with substance dependence (an addiction) must meet criteria laid out in the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders), a manual published by the American Psychiatric Association.

What you can do?: Acknowledge the problem and consult for help from an expert. Family members must be supportive in creating a congenial environment for the addicted person.

Role of Homeopathy in Management of Addiction: The first step for the addicted person is to acknowledge that there is a substance dependency problem (addiction problem). The next step is to get help. In most of the world there are several support groups and professional services available. Treatment options for addiction depend on several factors, including what type of substance it is and how it affects the patients. Typically, treatment includes a combination of inpatient and outpatient programs, counselling (psychotherapy), self-help groups, pairing with individual sponsors, and medication.

Talking of medication, Homoeopathy definitely has a major role to play in the de-addiction journey of a 'patient'. Over the years it has been seen that homeopathy has produced tremendous results in such cases. People have approached for quitting alcohol, smoking, drugs, etc. and majority of them have been wonderfully helped by Homoeopathy. Those who haven't achieved desirable results have either lacked willingness or conviction on their own part, or have had a non-congenial and non-co-operative environment at home and work place. For any de-addiction plan to be successful for a patient these 2 factors are the most important. A willing person with a co-operative and supportive environment is much more receptive and responsive to the medical treatment.

The commonest attacking area for any addictive substance is the Central Nervous System (CNS). The substance inhibits the release of neurotransmitters, which are responsible for carrying nerve impulses. Once these neurotransmitters are inhibited in their normal functioning, a person develops delayed nervous responses and irregular nerve impulses leading to addiction. It is a vicious circle. So, as the centre of attack is the CNS, a medical system that boosts and strengthens the CNS would automatically prove beneficial in such dreadful cases. Homoeopathy is that very medical science! The homoeopathic medicines are absorbed through the nerve root endings of the tongue and directly hit the CNS. There are some very powerful Homoeopathic medicines, which have the ability to shake up the CNS and work in a normal manner as it is used to be. These Homoeopathic medicines, thus have the ability to develop control and also the power to abstain from the substance in later stages of the treatment.

But the first and foremost attempt is made to manage the withdrawal symptoms. It is the fear of the withdrawal symptoms only that a patient may lose conviction and confidence in him and give in to the indulgence once again. This is where the role of family and friends also comes in. when the struggle of 1 man becomes fight for the whole team; chances are very high of coming out victorious. There are brilliant medicines in Homoeopathic science, which can help the person in managing and fighting with the withdrawal symptoms with ease. Medicines like Nux vomica, Kali phos., Arsenic Album, Coffea cruda, Aconite, Gelsemium, Argentum nitricum, Ipecac, Acid sulphurosum, Caladium, Daphna indica, Quercus, etc. have proved to be extremely effective in helping a person wean off completely of the addictive substances.

Mind the Mind: Over the past two issues, we took up the burning problem of addiction as a mental illness, explored its, nature and probable causes that go into the making of an addict. The current issue is aimed at spreading awareness about the available evidence based psychological treatments for de-addiction.

Psychotherapy: Also called as 'talk therapy', is aimed at helping the patient to understand the link between their thoughts, feelings and behaviour so that the maladaptive ones can be replaced with more adaptive and productive processes. Interventions in terms of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Motivation Enhancement Therapy (MET) and Behaviour Therapy are efficient in the treatment of addiction behaviour.
Craving control: Use of certain medicines and behavioural techniques can help a person deal with the intense feelings of craving when it seems too much to bear. It gives a sense of greater control to the person over the substance, which in turn motivates him/her to stay away from using the substance. Many people report that they tend to continue the abuse the substance since they are unable to handle the period of intense craving, which can come all of a sudden.
Relapse prevention: Arguably it is the most important component of de-addiction program. Leaving the substance is not that hard, but staying away from it is the most difficult part as reported by many patients with addiction. To ensure that the person stays clean and healthy without the substance, they are taught some techniques like asking for help whenever they feel the need to do the substance or staying away from potentially, dangerous situations, like going to party where alcohol is available. With therapy, the individual gains more confidence in his/her own abilities rather than depending on the substance for facing life situations. In addition to this, they also start enjoying their life without the substance. Both the patient and his/her family play an important part in this process hence they are educated about it and are advised regarding appropriate ways of ensuring sobriety for the patient.
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA): It is a self-hellp group in which ex-alcoholics come together and share their experiences, for instance how they got into drinking, how it affected their life and now how they are maintaining their sobriety. These are mostly weekly sessions and have been found to be very effective in supporting the recovery of alcoholics to stay motivated and be clean without the use of alcohol. Similar to AA, there is NA (Narcotics Anonymous for drug addicts) and Al-Anon (for the family members and friends of problem drinkers).
Yoga and exercise: A healthy daily routine with yoga or regular exercise promotes feelings of general well-being and ensures healthy mind and body. It detoxifies the body faster and even helps in recovering from the damage caused due to excessive substance use.
Social skill training: An important aspect for being away from drugs/alcohol is the ability to say NO to such offers from others. Assertive behaviour, healthy communication pattern and good problem solving ability are skills that are taught to assist the person to stay healthy without feeling the need to take the substance.
One of the simplest, yet very powerful principles of staying healthy is 'ONE DAY AT A TIME'! Instead of making any long-term plans for staying sober, which might seem over-whelming and extremely difficult, just plan for that very day and DECIDE to be clean without the substance.
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Hiya! A friend of mine is feeling depressed ,She is constantly talking about overdose of pill and read about Avil tablet overdosage being cause of death! As per my knowledge avil is for allergic skin! So overdose of aviltablet kills?

BHMS
Homeopath, Hooghly
Hiya! A friend of mine is feeling depressed ,She is constantly talking about overdose of pill and read about Avil tab...
Over dose can harm Soo much, but not death, but you should not do overdose of it, bring her to a psychotherapist for this purpose, need counseling.
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