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Drug addiction tolerance development

Drug addiction tolerance

Drug addiction tolerance development can be motivated by depression

Drug addiction tolerance development: When the brain is under attack

By nature, rewards usually come only with time and effort. And like I had mentioned before, addictive drugs and behaviors provide a shortcut, flooding the brain with dopamine and other neurotransmitters. Our brains do not have an easy way to withstand the onslaught. Addictive drugs, for example, can release two to 10 times the amount of dopamine that natural rewards do, and they do it more quickly and more reliably. In a person who becomes addicted, brain receptors become overwhelmed. The brain then responds by producing less dopamine or eliminating dopamine receptors an adaptation similar to turning the volume down on a loudspeaker when noise becomes too loud. As a result of these adaptations, dopamine has less impact on the brain’s reward center. People who develop an addiction typically find that, in time, the desired substance no longer gives them as much pleasure. And because of that, the development of drug addiction tolerance begins  hence they have to take more of it to obtain the same dopamine “high” because their brains have adapted and that is what is known as tolerance.

Drug addiction tolerance development: Compulsion takes over

At this point, compulsion takes over. The pleasure associated with an addictive drug or behavior subsides and yet the memory of the desired effect and the need to recreate it (the wanting) persists. It’s as though the normal machinery of motivation is no longer functioning. The learning process mentioned earlier also comes into play. The hippocampus and the amygdala store information about environmental cues associated with the desired substance, so that it can be located again. These memories help create a conditioned response—intense craving—whenever the person encounters those environmental cues.

Cravings contribute not only to addiction but to relapse after a hard-won sobriety. From experience, experts from AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center under the able leadership of doctor Dalal Akoury MD, says that any person addicted to heroin is likely to be in danger of relapse when he or she sees a hypodermic needle, like for example, while another person might start to drink again after seeing a bottle of whiskey. Conditioned learning helps explain why people who develop an addiction risk relapse even after years of abstinence. And that is why keeping close touch with the experts is very important.

The formation of this facility (AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center) by doctor Akoury is to primarily make a difference in your life. We understand the dangers drug addiction tolerance can do to your health and all we want to do is to help you get back to your productive life and live it meaningfully. That is why, if you have any concern about addiction of any kind, you can schedule for an appointment with doctor Dalal Akoury today for the commencement of your recovery process.

Drug addiction tolerance development: When the brain is under attack







Marijuana ruins the value of your health

Marijuana ruins

Marijuana ruins the value of your health and in fact human health pressured by marijuana addiction and the brain which coordinates the body’s functions

Marijuana ruins the value of your health: The effects of marijuana on the body

Good things always come at a price because they are of value. You and I would love to have valuable things and we would not hesitate to acquire them because of the value attached to them. Because of that love for valuable things, I want to ask how much or to what extent would you go to get good health? Do you know the value of being healthy? Health is one asset of high value yet cannot be quantified into monetary value. With its uniqueness we have not done well in appreciating the value of our health. We often engage in certain unhealthy habits that really undermines the value of our health. Take for instance the misuse of drugs and improper feeding habits which only succeeds in landing our health into danger by way of extreme overweight and even malnutrition. These are just some of the few things we do to our health which really needs to be addressed. For the purpose of this article we are going to focus on the element of addiction and more specifically trying to understand the reasons as to why marijuana ruins the value of your health.

We had started this discussion in the previous article where doctor Dalal Akoury shared with us about the effects of marijuana and in that we covered the effects on the respiratory and circulatory systems. You may want to make reference about the same but right now she is going to continue with this discussion with central nerve system, digestive system and immune systems being the point of focus. Let’s begin with the digestive system, we will then discuss the central nervous system in the most immediate article.

Marijuana ruins the value of your health: Digestive system

Smoking marijuana can cause stinging or burning in your mouth and throat. When you take oral tetrahydrocannabinal (THC), it is processed in your liver. Marijuana can ease nausea and vomiting. It can also increase appetite, which can be useful to people living with cancer or AIDS. Take note of this when there is evidence of some small befits of this drug, be careful not to celebrate too much because the alleged benefit is too insignificant compared to the real consequences of the usage. Always consult with you physician before the indulgence to the killer drugs.

Marijuana ruins the value of your health: Immune system

Finally some research has indicated that THC affects the immune system. In one of the studies involving animals it was established that THC is capable of damaging the immune system, making the users to become more vulnerable to various illnesses however this is not very scientifically conclusive and there is need for further research to be done. Now in conclusion you are now well informed of the dangers associated with marijuana use. You are also aware that your health is priceless, meaning that you can make the right decision today of reclaiming your life back by scheduling for an appointment with the experts at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center for an appropriate action to be taken.

Marijuana ruins the value of your health: The effects of marijuana on the body






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Mental relapse and the management skills

Mental relapse

Mental relapse and the management skills that are essential is remaining focus in achieving the treatment goals

Mental relapse and the management skills: What you may not know about relapse

The problems of drug addiction recovery are greatly hindered with most people’s inabilities to remain consistent to the treatment. When one is addicted to any drug, they become slaves to the drug they are addicted to. Until such people acknowledge that they have a problem that is beyond them and accept that they are weak and need help, any kind of treatment offered may not last as they are likely to keep relapsing from time to time. It is therefore necessary that addicts own to the recovery process by first understanding the signs and management skills of relapse. We may not know what you are going through with your addiction, but as professional we want to assure you that you are not alone in this struggle. In her over two decades of administering treatment to drug users, doctor Dalal Akoury has established that relapse is one of the biggest draw back in the successful treatment of any kind of addiction recovery. Therefore in our quest to understanding the signs and management skills of relapse doctor Akoury is going to share with us something about mental relapse, the techniques of dealing with mental urges and the physical relapse. This is one discussion that you don’t want to miss and I urge you to stay on the link to get very productive information about relapse as an impediment of drug addiction recovery.

Mental relapse and the management skills: Mental Relapse

The push and pool of mental relapse going on in your mind can sometimes cause you to be in a dilemma with section of the mind fighting to stop drug use while the other is comfortable with the continued abuse. This push and pool is a common occurrence in the mind of most drug users and unless you know the signs of mental relapse well, you may not be successful in your recovery program. It is therefore important that we identifying some of the signs of mental relapse as follows:

  • Engaging your mind in thinking about people, places, and things you used with
  • Glamorizing your past substance abuse
  • Telling lies and cheating all the time
  • Hanging out with old friends using drugs
  • Fantasizing about drug use
  • Thinking about relapsing
  • Planning your relapse around other people’s schedules

These are just a few of the indicators and when you notice any, then action needs to be taken immediately taking into consideration that it will not always be easy. Doctor Akoury registers that the difficulty in make the right choices will be necessitated when the pull of addiction gets stronger. Therefore to avoid making mistakes and gambling with your life, it is important that you seek for professional opinion from the home of experts at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center with doctor Dalal Akoury today.

Mental relapse and the management skills: What you may not know about relapse


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Drug addiction stress association disturbance

Drug addiction stress

Drug addiction stress association disturbance can be very dangerous owing to their association with chronic illnesses

Drug addiction stress association disturbance: Complications of stress and anxiety on substance abuse

The complications of drug addiction stress association and anxiety are wide and disturbing. This is a topic that we are going to continue making reference to every time we are discussing the complications of addiction from time to time and so I want to invite you to this link and appeal to you to be more consistent because there is going to be a lot in stock for you as we continue with the campaign of creating awareness about the effects of drug addiction to humanity. In that strength we want to look at that wide topic explicitly under the sub topic of the drug addiction stress association disturbance and how we are affected by that in the current lifestyle we live.

Speaking to the experts at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center, it is very evident that where there is stress, there will be depression and possibly anxiety. If these were to find the preexistence of drug abuse in the system, life will become much more frustrating to the victims. Some of the health conditions associated with drug addiction and stress may include heart disease, stroke, cancer and low immunity among many others that we will be discussing progressively in our subsequent articles which you don’t want to miss too. But for now and with the help of doctor Dalal Akoury MD who is also the founder of AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center, let us progress into the discussion, but in the meantime, if you are struggling with drug addiction stress elements, you can always call on doctor Akoury for help.

Drug addiction stress association disturbance: Heart disease

This is not going to be the first time we are mentioning something about heart disease because we have done it before however, in this discussion, it is important to appreciate that the full impact of mental stress on heart disease is just coming to light but the underlying mechanisms are not always clear says doctor Akoury. Stress can influence the activity of the heart when it activates the automatic part of the nervous system that affects many organs, including the heart itself. Such actions and others are likely to affect the heart negatively in several ways including:

  • Sudden stress increases the pumping action and rate of the heart, while at the same time causing the arteries to constrict (narrow). This restricts blood flow to the heart.
  • The emotional effects of stress alter the heart rhythms, which could pose a risk for serious arrhythmias (rhythm abnormalities) in people with existing heart rhythm disturbances.
  • Stress causes the blood to become stickier (possibly in preparation for potential injury).
  • Stress appears to impair the clearance of fat molecules in the body.
  • Stress that leads to depression appears to be associated with increased intima-medial thickness, a measure of the arteries that signifies worsening blood vessel disease.
  • Stress causes the body to release inflammatory markers into the bloodstream. These markers may worsen heart disease or increase the risk of a heart attack or stroke.
  • Studies have reported an association between stress and high blood pressure, which may be more pronounced in men than in women. According to some evidence, people who regularly experience sudden spikes in blood pressure (caused by mental stress) may, over time, develop injuries to the inner lining of their blood vessels.

Evidence is still needed to confirm any clear-cut relationship between stress and heart disease. However, research has linked stress to heart disease in men, particularly in work situations where they lack control. The association between stress and heart problems in women is weaker, and there are some evidence that the ways in which women cope with stress may be more heart-protective.

Drug addiction stress association disturbance: Complications of stress and anxiety on substance abuse





Crashing addiction

Handling addiction crisis recovery treatment

Handling addiction crisis

Handling addiction crisis recovery treatment. in fact hating drug addiction for a healthy life demands for the elimination of all treatment obstacles

Handling addiction crisis recovery treatment: When the prevention fails what next?

We are in the business of find lasting solutions to some of these addiction related problems and that is why handling addiction crisis is our priority. When looking for a crisis rehab facility, it is very important that you are aware of what you are looking for. Remember that choices has consequences either positive or negative meaning that your choice must be right from the beginning. You will have to choose between private facilities and government-funded facilities, and you will also pick from facilities that offer different types of treatment. The choices you ultimately make will depend on your personal preferences, your insurance provider and your long-term recovery goals. However one of the most important things to look for is a facility that focuses on both mental health issues and addiction issues so that all your conditions can be addressed simultaneously. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, about 32 percent of all crisis recovery centers have a dual focus on treating substance abuse alongside mental health issues which is a good indication that you will land in the right place for treatment. Nonetheless if you are not sure, then you need to consult with your physician for direction.

Handling addiction crisis recovery treatment: The best treatment services

Different facilities may offer different services, and to ensure that your needs are being adequately met, you need to find a facility that offers the services that are important to you. Some of the services that may be offered include:

  • Behavioral therapy to treat addictions as well as behavioral disorders
  • Comprehensive assessments to determine substance abuse issues as well as mental health issues
  • Drug and alcohol testing throughout treatment to ensure you don’t relapse
  • Interim services so you can get treatment while you wait to be admitted to your facility of choice
  • Medication to help withdrawal symptoms
  • Medication to treat mental health issues
  • Mental health diagnostics
  • Substance abuse classes and education
  • Transitional services to help you prepare to move back into your community once you complete treatment

Handling addiction crisis recovery treatment: The right therapy you need

There is no single type of therapy that works for every person, and when you are choosing a crisis recovery center, you will need to take steps to ensure that the facility offers the best therapy for your needs. Ideally, you want to select a facility that offers a behavioral approach to therapy, but you may want to consider other factors as well. Like for instance, if you know that your faith is important to you, you may want to choose a crisis recovery facility that offers a faith-based approach to therapy. If you have struggled with trauma that may have affected your behavioral disorder or your addiction, you may need a facility that can treat those issues. Therefore when looking for a crisis rehab facility, you will encounter facilities that have the following approaches to therapy:

  • Motivational incentives or other therapeutic methods that focus on giving you positive motivation to quit using drugs or alcohol
  • The matrix model of addiction treatment
  • Intervention
  • Addiction counseling and relapse prevention therapy
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • Anger management training
  • Twelve-step programs
  • Counseling to treat trauma
  • Rational therapy or rational emotive therapy

Finally it is important to appreciate that many facilities do offer more than one approach to therapy and treatment in the same facility. And in that case narrowing your selections to find the best inpatient behavioral disorder recovery center can be difficult without the right resources. And that is where AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center comes in. we have all the resources you need to have the job done all you need on your part is to call doctor Dalal Akoury today for an appointment and your worries will be sorted out in the most professional manner.

Handling addiction crisis recovery treatment: When the prevention fails what next?