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Educating drug users effectively

Educating drug users

Educating drug users effectively on the modalities of keeping their brain healthy by quitting drug use

Educating drug users effectively: Alcohol and drug addicts

Being quite while drugs and alcohol are ruining our societies is not an option. We all have a duty of educating drug users to ensure that drug use is brought to manageable levels. Good health is the most valuable gift we can ever have and we can’t afford losing it to drugs and misuse of alcohol. Therefore, the duty of impacting addiction knowledge to both users and nonusers must be prioritized. That’s why doctor Dalal Akoury MD President and founder of AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center is advocating all people to be more empowered in addition literacy at the Integrative Advanced Medicine Institute (IAM Institute) where healthcare givers are trained to equip them wholesomely for the liberation of our societies from this scourge.

We appreciate that addiction being what it is, taking that bold decision may not be very easy for many people since addiction is something many would not want to associate with. But the most important thing is that we lend a helping hand to drug addicts and all alcoholics. Doctor Dalal Akoury MD and founder of AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center are acknowledging that one common trait of many drug addicts and alcoholics are problems interacting with others in social situations. This is known as a lack of social skills. Sometimes this difficulty is what leads an individual to addiction in the first place. If this describes you, we want to invite you to enroll with IAM Institute for your enrichment and empowerment to make a difference. We’re aware that some people have been addicted to substances for such a long time that it has affected their social development. Therefore if anyone is lacking social skills, then that calls for social skills training.

When opting for social skills training for an alcoholic or drug addict then these are some of the things that you must be ready to take the following into consideration: you must be ready to learn how to interact with friends, family members and even colleagues at work. You must also know how to interact in social situations especially when drugs and alcohol will be served or present and finally you must take a firm stand in declining any offer to use drug and alcohol, in other words, you must be well armed with the refusal skills. That is to say when you say NO it must remain that way irrespective of the prevailing circumstances. Such training is offered at IAM Institute with doctor Akoury and her team of experts. Remember that social skills training is closely associated with behavior therapy to remove unwanted behaviors and replace them with desirable behaviors. It must be noted that for the desired result, social skills training may not be very effective on its own but when combined with other cognitive behavioral therapy treatments, its effectiveness can be realized.

Educating drug users effectively: Interpersonal relationships and substance abuse

Social skills training can teach drug and alcohol addicts how to relate with coworkers, friends, and family in a variety of social settings. Clients will learn such skills as Listening as well as talking; that is, two-way communication, empathy, understanding unspoken clues such as body language and assertiveness, and how not to be taken advantage of. These are essential and are only possible when users are well equipped with all the addiction knowledge they need to have.

Educating drug users effectively: Alcohol and drug addicts




over the counter drug abuse

Brain activities limitations

Brain activities limitations

Brain activities limitations comes with the drug addiction infringement

Brain activities limitations: Drug addiction complications

Before getting into the discussion about brain activities limitations, let’s understand first what drug addiction is. This is a health condition that can be very chronic, often relapsing brain disease that causes compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences to the drug user and those around them. Drug addiction is also a brain disease because the abuse of drugs leads to changes in the structure and function of the brain. Although it is true that for most people the initial decision to take drugs is voluntary, over time the changes in the brain caused by repeated drug abuse can affect a person’s self-control and ability to make sound decisions, and at the same time create an intense impulse to take drugs.

Brain activities limitations: The effects of drugs on the brain

When drug pollution is registered in the brain, definitely some changes will take effect and it is because of these changes in the brain that makes it so challenging for a person who is addicted to stop abusing drugs. Even though these changes can cause serious complications in one’s life, the good news is that, from the various studies and confirmed scientific researches we now have positive treatments that help people to counteract addiction’s powerful disruptive effects and regain control. Doctor Akoury can now confirm that research findings have shown that combining addiction treatment medications, if available, with behavioral therapy is the best way to ensure success for the majority of the patients. According to the experts at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center, treatment approaches that are tailored to each patient’s drug abuse patterns and any concurrent medical, psychiatric, and social problems can lead to sustained recovery and a life without drugs which is the desire of all users and even to their loved ones.

Finally, as we come to the end of this discussion, doctor Akoury reiterates that just like with other chronic diseases like for instance diabetes, asthma, or heart disease, drug addiction can be managed effectively with the right professionals being involved. However, it must be noted that whereas drug addiction is manageable, it must also be appreciated that it is not uncommon for a person to relapse and begin abusing drugs again after a successful treatment. Nonetheless, even as this possibility is a point of concern it must be noted that relapse is a common occurrence in the recovery process and must not be construed to suggest or signal an element of failure; rather, it indicates that treatment should be reinstated or adjusted, or that alternate treatment is needed to help the person regain control and recover.

That is why when you are seeking for treatment, you must be careful to land only into the offices of experienced addiction professionals like doctor Dalal Akoury (MD) a veteran addiction expert now for over two decades. Doing this will guarantee your total recovery from the scourge of addiction. You can schedule an appointment with doctor Akoury today for the assurance of elimination of drug addiction in your life permanently.

Brain activities limitations: Drug addiction complications







Military forces drug abuse problems

Military forces drug abuse

Military forces drug abuse problems is becoming a common phenomenon in our forces

Military forces drug abuse problems: Heavy drinking and smoking

We have said over and over that everyone is vulnerable when it comes to substance abuse and therefore all the military forces drug abuse problems are justified. Speaking to doctor Dalal Akoury MD, President and founder of AWAREmed health and wellness resource center says that if all the men and women in uniform are also rooted in the abuse of alcohol and cigarette smoking as compared to the civilian population, then our borders safety may be in danger. Studies has established that close to half of active duty service members (that is about 47%) reported binge drinking. This behavior is common especially with those service men and women with high combat exposer.

Suicides and Substance Use – Suicide rates in the military were traditionally lower than among civilians in the same age range, but in 2004 the suicide rate in the U.S. Army began to climb, surpassing the civilian rate in 2008. Substance use is involved in many of these suicides. The 2010 report of the Army Suicide Prevention Task Force found that 29 percent of active duty Army suicides from fiscal year (FY) 2005 to FY 2009 involved alcohol or drug use; and in 2009, prescription drugs were involved in almost one third of them.

Military forces drug abuse problems: Addressing the Problem

There can never be a problem without a solution. From our discussion it is evident that drugs abuse is alive and kicking within the forces. Finding solutions must be prioritized to keep our states safe because we all know what addiction can do to our lives and especially if the victim is one entrusted with the protection of lives of many defenseless citizens. Therefore it is important that:

  • The authorities must ensure that proper investigations is done and adopt increasing the use of evidence-based prevention and treatment interventions and expanding access to care.
  • There is need to broadening insurance coverage to include effective outpatient treatments and better equipping healthcare providers to recognize and screen for substance use problems so they can refer patients to appropriate, evidence-based treatment when needed.
  • It is also necessary that measures be taken towards limiting access to alcohol on bases.
  • It is also important that in addressing substance use in the military there is need to ensure patient/individuals confidentiality and shifting a cultural climate in which drug problems are stigmatized and evoke fear in people suffering from them.
  • Proper controls must be put in place limiting the duration of prescriptions for opioid pain relievers to 6 months and having a pharmacist monitor soldier’s medications when multiple prescriptions are being used

Finally doing all these are very necessary however it must be known that substance abuse is a medical condition which needs medical solution. Seeking the services of an experience medical doctor is very important. A visit at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center a medical facility founded by Doctor Akoury is the best place you can be when addiction knock your door. At this facility doctor Akoury together with her experience team of experts will not help your condition get better but they will also focus on Neuroendocrine Restoration (NER) to reinstate normality through realization of the oneness of Spirit, Mind, and Body, Unifying the threesome into ONE. This is the place you need to be for ant addiction related problem and you will have your life back in and with the real addiction professionals.

Military forces drug abuse problems: Heavy drinking and smoking


Mental health healing

Social fabric vulnerability to drug addiction

Our social fabric vulnerability

Our social fabric vulnerability to drug addiction could be salvaged by inspiring addiction patients to take measures of escaping addictions wrath

Our social fabric vulnerability to drug addiction: The possible cures

There is no doubt that our social fabric is becoming very delicate day by day thanks to the consistent abuse of drugs. The undue pressure from the illicit use of drugs is causing many people in the society great anguish. Experts from AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center have time and again reported that the problem of addiction is not only a problem of the individual addict. And therefore besides the known health damage effects, alcohol addiction and drug addiction have an extremely negative social aspect. And that is why we want to focus our discussion on the effects of drug addiction on our social fabric with a view of finding lasting solutions to this enormous problem. To start us off doctor Akoury a veteran expert in addiction confirms that the problem of substance abuse has serious negative impact on such aspects of social life including:

  • Education and development
  • Extended family relationships
  • Financial issues and growth
  • Law-abiding and order in the society
  • Marriage and interpersonal relationships
  • Professional activities and employment

The list above is a mirror of what areas of our social health that is greatly affected by the indulgence in drugs and alcohol abuse. Let us take some time to analyze what is likely to happen in these categories of our social life.

Our social fabric vulnerability to drug addiction: Marriage and interpersonal relationship

Marriage is very sensitive in every community and any negative effect to it has its way of spilling out to the community. Drug addiction is one way through which this can take place and that is why it is very imperative that we all make all the necessary efforts to protect our marriages. Take for example if one or both partners in marriage are struggling with alcohol and drug abuse there is no doubt that this will impact negatively to this marriage. The introduction of misuse of drugs in marriages will come with very devastating changes like for instance, if your partner was previously a very committed and dedicated to his or her marriage or was easy going, kind, supportive person drugs is likely to change all these good characters into agony, secretive, cruel, arrogant, explosive egoist prone to frequent mood swings from deep apathy to inexplicable joy and aggressiveness thereby distorting the once known harmony in the family.

Our social fabric vulnerability to drug addiction: The power of communication in addiction solution

For the purpose of good health and peace, doctor Dalal Akoury suggest that this can be corrected by making some positive adjustments and compromises where is necessary. Consistent communication with an addict is incredibly hard not only to strangers, but also to close relatives, spouses. The situation becomes even more complicated when children are involved because for children to see their parents under constant influence of drugs can be extremely traumatizing and devastating for their tender ages. This will no doubt leave negative imprint on the formation of their future psyche. And that explains why if you or anyone you know is struggling with any kind of addiction, talking to the experts at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center under the able leadership of doctor Dalal Akoury MD should be your stating point. If you do that, you will certainly reap the benefits and be healthy thereafter.

Our social fabric vulnerability to drug addiction: The possible cures


Crashing addiction

Drug withdrawal unpleasant sensations

Drug withdrawal

Drug withdrawal unpleasant sensations. In all this remember that acupuncture treatment therapy will bring restoration to the brain functions

Drug withdrawal unpleasant sensations: Excessive units of dopamine

During the withdrawal the most unpleasant drug withdrawal sensations are connected with abrupt plummet of content of neurotransmitters in the brain. For instance, the dopamine content due to severe lack of transmitters can’t be utilized in time and may exceed the normal level few times. The excessive amount of dopamine is a real poison to the brain. Drug withdrawal and in particular the opiate withdrawal can be very disruptive irrespective of whether the effect is mental or physical. It may last from few days to a few weeks. You can get more information about opiate (Heroin, Methadone) withdrawal by scheduling for an appointment with doctor Dalal Akoury MD today and she will be more than willing to help you find answers to all your questions today.

It is further important to note that during withdrawal some time will lapse and within a few days the level of neurotransmitters will gradually returns to normal even though this may not be completely done, but all the same the symptoms of drug withdrawal subsides. Besides that another danger will come in handy waiting for the patient. This is commonly known as “dry withdrawal”.  After some time, when seemingly all is over, sometimes without any reason, but mostly after the stress, the balance of neurotransmitters breaks down again. At this point the patient starts re-experiencing some mental discomfort, nervousness, sleep disorders, hot-and-cold flashes and aggravated attraction to drugs.

Drug withdrawal unpleasant sensations: Drug addiction fluctuation courses

Drug addiction, like many other chronic diseases, is characterized by fluctuating course, with alternate “ups and downs”. Most of the failures happen exactly on the peaks of these “ups”. That is why all drugs have the toxic effects and damages the body’s cells. This damage causes some element of pain in an individual and to fight this pain the victim will have to take more drugs further causing addiction to that substance and the situation to becomes a vicious circle: that is to say, the higher dose of drugs the more pain they cause, the more pain the more need to take the higher dose. As a result, the euphoric effect of the drugs, which was so attractive at the beginning, quickly disappears and leaves an addict to continue taking the drug just to avoid the pain and let him somehow to function “normally”.

Finally from the discussion we have seen that drug addiction is a very complex disease, which is fixed in many levels of the organism. Simple and quick methods, such as coding or isolated psychotherapy are absolutely inactive. To this doctor Akoury says that professionally drug addiction requires a serious multi-stage treatment at all levels and that will be very helpful in correcting the brain damage from drug abuse effectively.

Drug withdrawal unpleasant sensations: Excessive units of dopamine