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Controlling drug triggers and cravings

Controlling drug triggers

Controlling drug triggers and cravings will benefit the brain greatly

Controlling drug triggers and cravings: Finding addiction solution

From the several studies professionally done on the subject addiction, it has been established that in the quest of finding solutions to drug addiction, two problems are outstanding. The first obstacle is denial. Drug users are in denial and unwilling to acknowledge the problem. In the process the intensity of their addiction to the substances increases such that by the time treatment commences, it becomes difficult to help. Besides the hurdles faced at the initial stages, the other technicality comes at the end of the process when the patient is either progressing well with recovery program or are fully recovered from their addiction. That is why controlling drug triggers and cravings is very important and must be part of the treatment process.

Speaking to doctor Akoury it’s evident that while getting sober from drugs is an important first step, it’s only the beginning of the recovery process. And once sobriety is achieved, the next step is to allow the brain to recover and rebuild connections that have changed. This is likely to take some time. During this time, drug cravings can be intense and overwhelming. Individuals can take several measures to contain the situation. At this point you can support your sobriety by making a conscious effort of avoiding people, places, and situations that trigger the urge to drugs as follows:

Controlling drug triggers and cravings: Find new friends, break from old friends and shun clubs

For you to see the fruits of your recovery you mustn’t make a mistake of hanging out with old friends who are still doing drugs. They will trigger you back to your old habits. Therefore it is necessary that you surround yourself with people who support your sobriety, not those who tempt and tice you to slip back into old, destructive habits.

Alcohol is addictive and doesn’t pretend that you can resist the temptation to sip when meeting friends. Keep distance to social places like bars and clubs where alcoholic beverages are sold. Remember that drinking lowers inhibitions and impairs judgment, which can easily lead to relapse.

Know your history of drug use when seeking medication

This is very important and when a medical or dental procedure is done on you, open up to your physician and disclose all you know about your history. Ensure you find a provider who will work with you in either prescribing alternatives or the absolute minimum medication necessary. Take note, this is not the time for you to be ashamed or feel humiliated about your previous drug use. The more you open up to your health provider the better help you will get from them. So don’t withhold open up and allow yourself to be helped.

Use caution with prescription drugs 

Finally, stay away from prescription drugs. And take extreme caution because drugs with a high abuse potential include painkillers, sleeping pills, and anti-anxiety medication. For more information about containing triggers and cravings you can call doctor Akoury on telephone number 843 213 1480 today.

Controlling drug triggers and cravings: Finding addiction solution






Mesolimbic pathways and drug seeking

Mesolimbic pathways

Mesolimbic pathways and drug seeking. We’ve got to clean our mind from all intoxication of drug addiction

Mesolimbic pathways and drug seeking: Drug cravings to the brain

From our basic understanding of the purpose and functioning of the brain’s reward system in the previous postings, we can interrogate it a little bit further in several ways. The circuit most associated with pleasure and reward is the mesolimbic pathways which are located in the brainstem. The objective of this area of the brain is primarily concerned with basic survival. Within the mesolimbic pathways is an area called the ventral tegmental area (VTA). The VTA projects to the nucleus accumbens (thought to be the reward center). The neurotransmitter most commonly linked with the mesolimbic system is dopamine. Many people consider dopamine to be the driving force behind the human pursuit of pleasure. The release of dopamine is a pleasurable sensation. The release of dopamine motivates us to repeat behaviors or activities that prompted this release. This system’s purpose was to promote survival by rewarding life-sustaining behaviors such eating and procreation.

All addictive drugs and activities release varying amounts of dopamine into the nucleus accumbens with stimulant drugs like cocaine and methamphetamine releasing the most. However, when it comes to drugs like alcohol or heroin, the brain’s own opiate system (endorphins) also gets involved. Doctor Akoury further says that even though different forms of addictions have different effects in the nucleus accumbens, they share one common denominator that they all activate the reward system which in turn motivates us to repeat those behaviors, even though they may be harmful. Besides what we have discussed about the concepts of reward, pleasure, and craving together, it is however very important to appreciate that there is a distinction between pleasure-seeking and drug seeking. Note that pleasure-seeking is all about the pleasurable, rewarding aspect of addiction while drug-seeking refer to the craving aspect of addiction. Dopamine may be more involved in drug-seeking (craving) component of addiction. The opiate (endorphin), GABA, or glutamatergic systems may be more involved in a pleasure-seeking aspect of addiction too.

Mesolimbic pathways and drug seeking: Keeping the brain free from all attacks

Pleasure-seeking and drug-seeking (cravings) are interrelated, yet distinct. Research has established that natural rewards (food, water, sex) typically lessen their influence on the reward system over time. As a behavior occurs more often, dopamine levels tend to decrease in the process. Psychologists call this habituation. This makes sense. Once you’ve eaten enough food, you don’t need to be rewarded for eating more food. Then you would be eating too much, or too much of one type of food. Therefore everyone needs to take heed of keeping the brain free from all attacks be it from substances or otherwise. Talking to the experts at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center under the able leadership of doctor Dalal Akoury should be your starting point. Call and make that appointment today for the commencement of your journey to full recovery from your addiction.

Mesolimbic pathways and drug seeking: Drug cravings to the brain






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Drug craving negativity and coping strategies

Drug craving negativity

Drug craving negativity and coping strategies that helps in the elimination of frustrations

Drug craving negativity and coping strategies: A cognitive behavioral approach of treating addiction

We have in the resent past been discussing serious topics touching on the cognitive behavioral approach of treating addiction and in particular cocaine addiction and techniques of coping with craving. We are not about to give it up because we understand the seriousness of the problem in our societies and even closer to our individual families. This is a war we are determined to win by all means and for that reason, we want to further into the discussion by looking at the drug craving negativity and the coping strategies we can adopt to defeat this scourge. Doctor Dalal Akoury an addiction expert of several decades has been sharing with us very healthy information about a cognitive behavioral approach of treating addiction as being one of the best strategies in finding lasting solution to cocaine addiction. She is going to progress from where we left in the previous article for us to have a better understanding of what is before us. She says that in coping with craving for cocaine or any other substance, there are several strategies for doing so and some of those strategies may include the following.

  • Distraction
  • Talking about craving
  • Going with the craving
  • Recalling the negative consequences of cocaine abuse
  • Using self-talk

We appreciate that different professionals may have different view about this like for instance some therapists may wish to point out that these strategies may not stop craving completely, however at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center under the able leadership of doctor Dalal Akoury, we believe that with practice, recovering addicts will reduce the frequency and intensity of craving and make it less disturbing and frustrating when it occurs. It is therefore very prudent that we take keen interest in adopting mechanisms that will enable us to cope successfully with craving for cocaine and other drugs.

Drug craving negativity and coping strategies: Entertainment and distractions

When under the influence of drugs, all that you will be thinking about is drugs because that is what keeps you going, without it, you will actually fall sick. In that case it is only fair that you get distracted so that your mind can be engaged into other things.  Professionally doctor Akoury can now confirms that this has been tested and found to be very helpful. It is therefore very necessary that you prepare a list of reliable distracting activities and with the help of your doctor in anticipation of future craving. Such activities might include taking a walk, playing basketball, and doing relaxation exercises. Preparation of such a list may reduce the likelihood that patients will use substances, particularly alcohol and marijuana, in ill-fated attempts to deal with craving. Leaving the situation and going somewhere safe is one of the most effective ways of dealing with craving when it occurs.

Remember that drug cravings negativity are obstacles you will always meet along the way in your recovery process. How you conduct yourself under these circumstances will matter a lot in your recovery process. It is therefore important that you keep close touch with experts from AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center to help you professionally along the way.

Drug craving negativity and coping strategies: A cognitive behavioral approach of treating addiction



Defeating drug cravings negativity during recovery

Defeating drug cravings

Defeating drug cravings negativity during recovery makes you have the feelings of victory

Defeating drug cravings negativity during recovery: Sharing freely about craving

Talking about drug addiction is not a taboo because it is through sharing freely that defeating drug cravings negativity become possible. When patients have supportive friends and family members, talking freely about craving when it occurs, it gives the recovering addicts the confidence to pick up the pieces and move on. Sharing is a very effective strategy and can help reduce the feelings of anxiety and vulnerability that often accompany it. Besides that it can also help patients identify specific cues. It’s true that sure family members may become distressed when they hear their loved ones (patients) sharing about craving because of the fear that this might ultimately lead to use of drugs, it is however important that therapists and other lined professionals to spend some time in identifying which patients would feel comfortable to talk with freely about craving, how that person would react, and whether it makes sense to ask that person in advance for support.

Defeating drug cravings negativity during recovery: Going with the craving

Doctor Akoury says that the idea going with the craving technique is to let it (craving) occur, peak, and pass and that is to say experiencing them without either fighting or giving into them. Giving patients the imagery of a wave or walking over a hill may help convey this concept that is, gaining control by avoiding resistance.

From the various studies, experts have identified the steps involved which should be practiced within sessionsc before craving occurs. Besides that patients should also be told that the purpose is not to make the cravings disappear, but to experience them in a different way that makes them feel less anxiety provoking and dangerous and thus easier to ride out. The steps are summarized below.

Pay attention to the craving – This usually involves, first, finding someplace safe to let oneself experience craving (e.g., a comfortable and quiet place at home). Next, relax and focus on the experience of craving itself – where it occurs in the body or mind and how intense it is.

Focus on the area where the craving occurs – This involves paying attention to all the somatic and affective signals and trying to put them into words. What is the feeling like? Where is it? How strong is it? Does it move or change? Where else does it occur? After concentrating in this way, many patients find the craving goes away entirely. In fact, the patient may find it useful to rate the intensity of craving before and after the exercise to demonstrate the effectiveness of the technique.

Finally understanding the negativity of drug cravings and coping strategies alone will not be helpful if you do not take the next step of seeking for help. Yes you now have the information, but if you don’t apply that information, it will not be helpful. That is the reason why doctor Dalal Akoury founded AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center for every individual who is struggling with any form of addiction to seek for help. You can reach out for her on telephone number 843 213 1480 so that you can have a one on one with her and you will have all your addiction related concerns addressed professionally.

Defeating drug cravings negativity during recovery: Sharing freely about craving






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Hidden craving challenges patients struggle with

Hidden craving challenges

Hidden craving challenges patients struggle with that hinders successful healing process

Hidden craving challenges patients struggle with: Coping with cocaine addiction

In dealing with drug addiction it is important that we first deal with the element of ignorance which can pose a great hindrance towards realizing the success of the objective which is total eradication of addiction from our lives and societies. It is no wonder in the holy book it is recorded that “our people suffer because of lack of knowledge” meaning that if we are enlighten of the facts around addiction, we will be comfortable not only in identifying but also dealing with hidden craving challenges of cocaine addiction professionally for the betterment of our health. Doctor Akoury acknowledges that it is only after identifying the problem, it’s only then can you start on the modalities of dealing with it. In other words you may not succeed in addressing addiction if you haven’t identified the kind of addiction you are struggling with. That is why we want to focus this discussion on the identification then we can react to what is known. Our drug of exploration in this article is going to be cocaine and how users craves for it even when they are in the treatment process.

Hidden craving challenges patients struggle with: Recalling negative consequences

Craving for drugs makes many drug users lose hope on ever recovering from their addiction. This is because when one is receiving treatment for any kind of addiction, the urge to continue with the habit never dies and with the abundance of triggers around the users on treatment the problem is compounded. Doctor Dalal Akoury (MD) and founder of AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center is a veteran addiction expert having been in consistent practice for over two decades says that when people are experiencing craving, they often have a tendency of only remembering the positive effects of cocaine or any other drug they have used before; this is often the norm and it is regrettable that users in that state of mind often forget the negative consequences which has far reaching effects on their lives. But on the contrary, doctor Akoury says that when experiencing craving, it is good for users to remind themselves not just the benefits of abstinence but also the negative consequences of continuing indulgence in cocaine addiction.

Finally because of the difference in feelings, doctor Akoury advices that users’ needs to document in writing all the reasons why they want to be abstinent alongside the negative consequences of usage. This list will act as their point of reference and therefore must be kept safely and be made available as and when it is needed. Remember that a glimpse of the document when confronted by intense craving for cocaine or a high-risk situation can remind the user of the negative consequences of cocaine use at a time when they are likely to recall only the euphoria. This may sound useless to many but believe you me it will impact to you very positively and by being reminded of the bitter consequences of using the drug, you are likely to deal with that craving by engaging in other useful activities to distract you from causing more harm to yourself. Now as we make progress in dealing with hidden craving challenges, you can always call on doctor Akoury from time to time to help you address any concern you may have along the way.

Hidden craving challenges patients struggle with: Coping with cocaine addiction