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Critical addiction times is in childhood

Critical addiction times

Critical addiction times is in childhood and what impact on them will either make or break them as they grow

Critical addiction times is in childhood: Addiction is a preventable condition

Ideally what many people may not know is that the critical addiction time is in childhood. This is the time when parents have more control over their children hence it is the best time to lay strong foundations in achieving the goals of addiction recovery effectively. Many studies have since established that adolescence is the most critical time for preventing substance abuse this is because of the very obvious reason including the risk of addiction being greater than any other period in life. Having said that I am almost certain that the next question that you are likely to ask is why is this so? To explain that doctor Dalal Akoury is recording that it is because at this particular point of time when the teens and young people’s brain is primed and ripe to taking risks which include desiring and willful experimenting with drugs and alcohol among other substances, nonetheless one fact that we must all take seriously is that, because during this period the brain is still developing, it is more vulnerable to the harmful effects of drugs and alcohol. Besides that experts at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center a facility established by doctor Dalal Akoury say that, because of this some teens are even at greater risk of becoming addicted to those substances because of the inclination of genetics, family history, trauma and mental health or behavioral problems.

Critical addiction times is in childhood: Increased risks between the stages of life

From the above explanation, what it really means is that young people while passing through the stages of life like adolescent, will certainly be at an increased risk of addiction if they have a family history of substance abuse, childhood experiences with abuse, neglect or other trauma, mental health disorders like anxiety and depression, low self-esteem, poor academic performance and problems with bullying in school. One point that we must all take note of is that the description outlined above are common with very many children and what that communicates is that it is important for parents to be involved in their children’s life more consistently, objectively and know them better. And remember that the pathway from substance use to addiction is not cursed on stone, prevention is possible. Remember that the good teaching and upbringing by parents, teachers or mentors can prevent or delay the onset of substance use in our children. Doctor Akoury is very categorical that irrespective of the nature of drug in question, when the right approach is taken from the beginning, then the children and teens has higher chances of remaining sober for the rest of their lives. That explains why children who attains the age 21 without indulgence in smoking, abusing alcohol or using drugs are virtually certain never to do so in the near future.

How well then do we get to know that our children are beginning to show signs of addiction to alcohol and other substances? The experts from AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center under the able leadership of doctor Dalal Akoury will be very resourceful for you if only you can schedule for an appointment with her today.

Critical addiction times is in childhood: Addiction is a preventable condition




Childhood addiction indicators to substances

Childhood addiction indicators

Childhood addiction indicators to substances are essential in finding lasting solutions

Childhood addiction indicators to substances: What to look for?

In the development of our children, there are things that parents will do and others will be best handled by other professionals. The reasons for delegating are many and may include education, our work schedule that does not allow us to have adequate time to spend with them and many others. Despites all these as parents we still have a duty to ensure that they are well taken care of irrespective of their new places of residence whether temporal or permanent. With the saturation of the drugs and alcohol in our neighborhoods we must up our sleeves to ensure that our children are brought up morally upright. It is for this reason that we want to focus our discussion on the childhood addiction indicators to substances as a precautionary measure. Speaking to the experts from AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center under the able leadership of doctor Dalal Akoury, who reiterates that we must first evaluate the accuracy of the problem at hand by answering the following questions: Do you suspect that your child is abusing alcohol or using drugs? Are you worried? Have you noticed some changes with your child? If your response to these is yes, then as a parent it is very normal to be concerned and that brings us to the next point of concern which is how are parents affected by their children’s misuse of drugs?

As parents, we need to find out how we are affected by our children indulgence in to drugs and alcohol. Doctor Akoury is very categorical that as a parent your ability to be helpful in this situation will highly depend on how much you understand the significance of alcohol and drugs as well as how you much have been affected by their alcohol and drug use. In fact, the most important thing you can do to help your son or daughter is first to commit to getting help and support for yourself and find out if you need some help in answering these questions:

  • Alcohol: Are you troubled by someone’s drinking?
  • Drugs: Do you need help?
Depending on how you respond to those questions knowing the warning signs becomes the next focus.

Childhood addiction indicators to substances: Warning signs

The use and abuse of alcohol and drugs are serious issues that should not be ignored, we must not sit back and hope they will just go away. If left untreated, it can develop into serious drug dependence or alcoholism. Therefore is very important to recognize the various signs and symptoms of alcohol and drug abuse early enough for proper action to be taken. Doctor Akoury and her team of experts will always be there for you and if you’re worried that your son or daughter might be abusing alcohol or drugs you can schedule for an appointment with her today for the commencement of their recovery process but in the meantime the following are some of the physical and health warning signs of drug abuse to look for:

  • Irregular changes in appetite or sleep patterns or sudden weight loss or weight gain.
  • Shakes, tremors, incoherent or slurred speech, impaired or unstable coordination.
  • Deterioration in personal hygiene or physical appearance.
  • Eyes that are bloodshot or pupils that are smaller or larger than normal.
  • Frequent nose bleeding could be related to snorted drugs like meth or cocaine
  • Sudden seizures without any history of epilepsy
  • Impaired coordination, injuries/accidents/bruises that they won’t or can’t tell you about- they don’t know how they got hurt
  • Unusual smells on breath, body, or clothing.

Childhood addiction indicators to substances: What to look for?


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Addiction recovery process is never easy

Addiction recovery process

Addiction recovery process is never easy and breaking its chain need real time commitment to the process

Addiction recovery process is never easy: Embracing love to teenage addicts

For some times now we have been following up on a story about the rough road of quitting heroin addiction in the previous article and for sure life as an addict is not everyone cup of tea. There is no peace in drug addiction and even during addiction recovery process you will still experience very strange things happening. In more than two decades of her medical practice in the line of addiction, doctor Dalal Akoury MD met this client and who recovered from heroin addiction the hard way. In her introduction in the previous article we show how she become homeless from time to time, running out of cash and wasting her life in less valuable activities. We want to further the discussion with a view of using this story to impact positively in the lives of many young people and also to seek for lasting solutions.

Addiction recovery process is never easy: Being homeless

At one point during the stay with my friend the story continues, I got word that my parents were coming for a vacation in the neighboring country and this trip could not have come at the right time. After being accommodated all this while, my friend had just given me notice that her roommate needed the couch for her guests who were visiting with her soon. This would have meant that I was going to be homeless again. The good news to me is that my parents were not just coming for me to have a roof over my head, but also at a time when the addiction healing process was picking up well. And so to play safe, I told my parents that I will be joining them for the vacation but am down with a very bad flu and needed a place to crush for sometimes.

Even though I was making this lie, my parents knew the truth because they had seen me go through it several times in the past even though they never commented about it. And with the assurance of getting accommodation and the love of my parents, I threw away all my bags and needles and headed to join them. I spent the next few weeks there shacked up in their bedroom, sleeping on an air mattress and refusing to leave the room. By and by the physical pain started to recede paving the way for mental anguish to hit like a train and this time I couldn’t move. I cried a lot struggling to hide the real thing from my parents but it was pointless and I just didn’t care.

Realizing that I’ve been diagnosed with bipolar, I figured what is the difference between this and a depressive episode, anyway? So I rode it out like anyone else. So many things crossed my mind including suicide but I just didn’t have the strength to follow through with any of my half assessed plans. I thought about trying to find dope in this city however hard it could be but I was so depressed that the idea of trying to get out of bed was exhausting enough, let alone getting dressed and leaving the house. Besides, I had no money and I knew my parents didn’t trust me so what was I going to do? Steal money? Forget it. I didn’t have the strength. Are you following how addiction recovery process comes at a price? Why wait to this point if you can easily be helped by doctor Dalal Akoury who is just a phone call away? Choose wisely today.

Addiction recovery process is never easy: Embracing love to teenage addicts



2016 American Presidential Hopefuls Are All Talking About Addiction.

Years ago, politicians would not dare discussing addiction; Admitting that politicians relatives suffered from addiction would have been frowned upon.  Now in 2016 everybody from Donald Trump to Jeb Bush is addressing Addiction with personal tales of drug-addicted family members. 

Addiction in AmericaThe attention addiction has received has suddenly risen to the top of the list with almost all of the presidential candidates recalling and sharing their experiences. This is not about parties now because every candidate in both parties has had to speak about addiction one way or the other. What Americans are saying, however is, why is this happening now? Years ago, politicians would not even spend a minute talking about addiction let alone having them talk about how it has affected their relatives. It would have been frowned upon. All of a sudden in 2016, the song is now about it.

It first started with Jeb Bush who spoke about how his daughter recovered from addiction. Her name is Carly Fiorina and he recalled having to beg a judge not to send her daughter back to jail. Then Carly Fiorina had to recount her own struggles with families that had gone through addiction. Then it was New Jersey Governor Chris Christie who also spoke about how a close friend had an overdose of drugs and died. All these stories, as they come out, tend to strike chords that are powerful on drug abuse which had caused policy reviews and influx of proposals on how to combat the subtle but deadly epidemic.

Now that addiction has received the attention of the lawmakers and the powerful, what is going to be done about it? Stories will be fine but that’s not going to change anything. As a matter of fact, there will be more stories to tell if nothing concrete is done. Patrick Kennedy, a former US representative blurted out to the politicians “you are running to be storyteller-in-chief”. That is to say, it’s not about the stories, it’s about how we change the way addiction is treated in the health care system.

Governor Christie was firm enough to let everyone realize that addiction is a disease and should be seen as such. It is an epidemic and it is spreading. Advocates are of the opinion that more money needs to be put into combating addiction and this should also include monies for treatment and research on what best can be done to reduce the rate at which people get exposed to addiction.

The Democrats don’t really seem to have plans or maybe their plans are too weak. Last year December, in a debate in Manchester, New Hampshire, Senator Sanders iterated that addiction should be treated as a disease and not a criminal activity. But despite the outcry, he was not able to tell how he is going to combat the disease of addiction. So, talk is cheap.

Presidential candidate Hilary Clinton is the only one who seem to have a plan that comes with a price. She was at New Hampshire Union Leader in September and proposed a $10 billion plan to combat addiction. Even though she is the only one who seems to have a plan, some advocates don’t seem to take her 5-point agenda as very serious. Governor Christie is known for her infrequent visits to New Hampshire recovery centers when she was campaigning. One of her manifestos if she becomes president is that she will create drug courts in all 93 federal court districts. These courts will grant treatment instead of imprisonment to non-violent offenders. She said something that made a lot of sense. She said the money that would be saved by keeping more people out of prison can be diverted into researching into better addiction treatment plans. Her statement was however not without criticism as some of her critics say Christie has not been effective so far in treating addiction since she was a governor. Reports said since she took over office in 2010, there has been less investment in treatments in the state of New Jersey. Further, the reports said about three-quarters of drug addiction who needed help never got treatment in 2013 because the treatment centers were either full or shut down.

All these tends to point to one thing, these politicians don’t really know exactly what is to be done to really combat addiction. Yes, they now agree that it’s a problem that needs to be tackled but how they are going to tackle it is the issue. As for any result to come out of this, I believe they will have to work together. The past is past; the future has to be faced. It is not time to be witch-hunting one another. If a candidate has a good idea, let’s use it rather than tarnish their image like some are doing to Christie. Whether its Hilary’s plan, lets follow it and if it’s Christie’s, as long as it yields the required results. The most important thing is, addiction has destroyed too many lives in the US, and it’s time to put a stop to it.


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Trump’s Brother Died of Addiction

Trump’s Brother Died of Addiction

Trump's brother died of addictionAddiction is something of a big deal. It always starts with a try, a ‘shot’, a sip, or just a little bit and then just like fire, it grows bigger and becomes something uncontrollable by the ones affected. Donald Trump’s brother was one of such individuals. His name is Fred, popularly called Freddy. Donald J. Trump, currently running for President of the United States of America said the death of his brother had taught him that bad choices could drag down people who are destined to rise and that such event had taught him to stay away from alcohol and cigarettes. Trump’s brother died of addiction and so are many that don’t get to make the news daily.

Addiction is something of a big deal and should not be swept under the carpet. It should be tackled heads on as soon as possible because it tends to get harder to deal with after successive failures of trying to quit. People who have been addicted to substance misuse will agree that several times they have tried to quit but every time they seem to fail and it gets harder to summon up courage to attempt quitting all over again.

We have heard many stories, Trump’s brother is just one of them, of how addiction has destroyed promising lives in our society. There have been reports of the extent an addict will go to and the crazy things they wouldn’t mind doing just to lay their hands on drugs, crack and alcohol, all these serving as tales to caution those who are treading the same path.

Questions don’t cease coming about what causes addiction and how it works. Can deny addiction mean one is addicted? Is addiction caused by exposure to certain drugs or substances alone? The questions are endless when it comes to drug and alcohol use prevention measures. In order to get an individual to stop the substance abuse, there are certain pitfalls which are often overstated and this can also generate feelings of distrust.

How Addiction Works

People get addicted or hooked to a substance or certain activity for the same reason they tried the substance or activity in the first place  – there is a good feeling attached to it. While so many people have tried drugs, drinks and foods and were never addicted to it, it is worthy of note that all humans are prone to addiction in some way. Different things just tend to affect different people differently. Given the right amount and exposure, everyone could be an addict. Before addiction can happen, a substance user must have crossed a threshold and strayed into dependence on the substance.

Research has thrown light on what actually takes place in the brain after an individual transits and crosses this threshold. It is more like a ‘brain disease’. According to Dr. Scott Glassman, “addiction is simply the pursuit of pleasure and the avoidance of displeasure”. An individual gets exposed to a substance and likes the feeling it brings. Maybe this substance reduces pains or make the individual feel numb or forget every worry. After a certain period of continuous exposure, the brain tolerates and gets used to this substance. The resultant effect is that more of such a substance will be needed to bring that initial ‘good feeling’ the individual had. Progressive increase in doses increases the level of addiction till there is a craving that is constantly beyond control. Then the threshold is crossed and the individual can do nothing meaningful without exposure to this substance or activity.


Don’t Criticize Addicted People, They Need Help

Donald Trump’s brother died of addiction because he didn’t get the right help. Freddie could have made it if he wasn’t just criticized and talked down upon to “do something good with his life!” Definitely, every addicted person wants to be free. No one loves chains! It may look like they don’t want to because they keep going back to the things that held them addicted but the truth is, the substance is like “life” or breath to an addicted person; they need it to stay alive. That’s how the brain now sees the substance. Their judgment of what is right or wrong has been compromised. That is why they need help. They need help of family and friends. They do not need criticisms and long sermons on how they are living a life that is destined for destruction. What they need is love and someone who can stand by them till they are completely rehabilitated.

How to Get Help

There are several kinds of help for different levels and kinds of addiction. Addiction treatments range from detoxification to medication to combat withdrawal symptoms, to group therapy for varying lengths of time. There is no on-size-fits-all treatment for addiction. Consultations has to be made with experts in this area and the proper kind of help administered.