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Drug dependence and relapse prevention

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Drug dependence and relapse prevention are possible

Drug dependence and relapse prevention: Finding solutions of relapse

When we allude to the fact that prevention is better than cure what really get into your mind? In the context of relapse prevention, it is possible that you might think alcohol or drug dependence relapse prevention is all about developing the ability to say no to your chemical of choice. However, a person who struggles with chemical dependency may not be able to say no to every temptation meaning that, prevention actually starts quite early even before the opportunity for relapse occurs. Experts at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center have stated categorically that in the process of addiction recovery relapse is almost inevitable. Nearly every patient who has gone through treatment has relapsed in one way or the other. And in fact, a comprehensive plan should account for social interactions, emotional triggers and the development of positive coping mechanisms says doctor Dalal Akoury MD who is also the founder of AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center.

Drug dependency and relapse prevention: Staying sober is not a solo performance

According to studies conducted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, men experience relapses more frequently than women do after completing treatment programs for drug dependency. The main reason for this difference is linked to the fact that women are more likely to seek outside assistance in the form of group counseling. Remember that whether you are dealing with drug or alcohol relapse prevention, it is important to note that staying sober is not a solo performance.

Having close association with people is very healthy in the prevention of relapse. Therefore when one is feeling isolated in whichever way either by the disease process itself, it is vital that such people need to interact on a regular basis with other people who are able to identify issues and offer moral support. The following are some of the benefits one can get from a support group include:

  • Gaining assistance with alcohol or drug relapse prevention plans
  • Reducing stress or depression through appropriate social interactions
  • Developing positive friendships with individuals who will not encourage drug or alcohol use
  • Learning to empower yourself and develop control
  • Engaging with an anonymous source of support and communication

Finally, because of the nature of drug dependency and the repeated relapse as a challenge to successful addiction recovery, doctor Dalal Akoury founded AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center with an objective of transforming each individual’s life through increasing awareness about health and wellness and by empowering individuals to find their own inner healing power. In more than two decades of working experience, doctor Akoury believes in individualized tailored solution to any drug dependency and that is why her practices only focus on personalized medicine through healthy lifestyle choices that deal with primary prevention and underlying causes instead of patching up symptoms. This is the way to go for any addiction related complications. Therefore, if you are looking for a professional solution, calling doctor Akoury on telephone number 843 213 1480 should be your starting point.

Drug dependency and relapse prevention: Finding solutions of relapse



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Hallucinogenic drugs effects and addiction

Hallucinogenic drugs effects

Hallucinogenic drugs effects and addiction are real and it is now time to let go…

Hallucinogenic drugs effects and addiction: The human senses vulnerability

Hallucinogenic drugs effects are known for altering its users’ perception. Many affected people have reported mind-altering effects in what they see, hear, smell or touch things which they think are there but in reality, don’t exist. These effects vary according to the substance taken, the quantity taken, how often, the environment, age and whether it is taken in combination with other drugs e.g. alcohol. Some people may experience greater effects than others. One person may only have a minor experience which can be absolutely pleasurable often referred to as a ‘good trip’ whereas another person can experience a complete ‘out of body’ experience which is terrifying, to say the least, known as a ‘bad trip’.  Some of these effects only last for a short time but others can last for many hours.

According to the experts at AWAREmed health and wellness resource center, doctor Dalal Akoury MD and founder of this facility reiterates that people who experience altered perception can find themselves indulging in risky or dangerous behavior, like for example, the feeling and believing that they are able to fly. It is not unknown for someone to jump from a great height because of a psychedelic experience. This can be very dangerous and timely response is vital.

Hallucinogenic drugs effects and addiction: Are hallucinogenic drugs addictive?

They tend to be used on an irregular basis only so addiction doesn’t occur but a tolerance can build up if the drug is used on a regular basis, for example, cannabis or ecstasy. These drugs have a strong psychological effect which often involves a change in the brain’s chemistry and structure which results in independence. People also find that they experience some rather unpleasant withdrawal symptoms if they stop which results in them continuing to take these drugs.

Finally, the other side effects are many and may include anxiety and depression and an unpleasant condition called ‘flashbacks’: this is where someone sees replays of their drug experience, weeks, months or even years after they took the drug. Fundamentally these are not very good experiences and therefore, if any drug is causing you the mention side effects of hallucinogenic drugs, you must not wait until it wears you down. It will be important that you seek help from the experts. And that is why doctor Akoury created this facility (AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center to primarily help in the transformation of each individual’s life through increasing awareness about health and wellness and by empowering individuals to find their own inner healing power. Besides that doctor, Akoury’s practice focuses on personalized medicine through healthy lifestyle choices that deal with primary prevention and underlying causes instead of patching up symptoms making her the best for all your addiction treatment needs. You can reach her on telephone number 843 213 1480 at convenience for the commencement of your healing process.

Hallucinogenic drugs effects and addiction: The human senses vulnerability


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Common drug dependence signs and Symptoms

Common drug dependence

Common drug dependence signs and Symptoms of drug dealings triggers criminal activities and until you let drugs go problems will always be there

Common drug dependence signs and Symptoms: Drug addiction commencement

The particular signs and symptoms of drug use and dependence vary depending on the type of drug. You might be able to tell that a family member or a friend is struggling with some of the common drug dependence quite easily based on the physical and behavioral signs and symptoms associated with the drug. We spoke to doctor Dalal Akoury MD, President, and founder of AWAREmed health center over this and it was very evident that the link is in the type of drug in question, like for instance:

Common drug dependence signs and Symptoms: Marijuana and hashish

It’s possible to develop a psychological addiction to cannabis compounds including tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) found in marijuana and hashish. People who have a marijuana addiction generally use the drug on a daily basis. They don’t actually have a chemical dependence on the drug but rather feel the need to regularly use the drug. According to the expert opinion, doctor Akoury reiterates that this is a disaster in waiting and if nothing is done in good time, the patient could pay the ultimate price. But before we get there, it can be very sad if we allow things to get there. The starting point in this case would be overcoming any resistance of seeking for treatment like denial and fear of withdrawal symptoms.

Once this is dealt with, only then can we approach treatment meaningfully. And before we get there, it may interest you to note that, professionalism is very key in addressing matters relating to substance abuse. And for your situation, we are privileged to have with us doctor Dalal Akoury who is a veteran addiction professional, besides being an expert in the area of Healthy Aging, Regenerative, and Functional Medicine. She (Dr. Akoury) also specializes in advanced bio-identical hormone replacement and nutritional therapies. And currently she is a member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine and the fellowship program in Anti-Aging, Regenerative, Functional and Metabolic Medicine. With over two decades of experience, your condition will be addressed professionally to the advantage of all your loved ones. As you consider making that very important phone call for an appointment, the following are some of the signs of use and dependence of drugs:

  • A heightened sense of visual, auditory and taste perception
  • Poor memory
  • Increased blood pressure and heart rate
  • Red eyes
  • Decreased coordination
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Increased appetite
  • Slowed reaction time
  • Paranoid thinking

Common drug dependence signs and Symptoms: Barbiturates and benzodiazepines

Barbiturates and benzodiazepines are prescription central nervous system depressants. Phenobarbital, amobarbital (Amytal) and secobarbital (Seconal) are examples of barbiturates. Benzodiazepines include tranquilizers, such as diazepam (Valium), alprazolam (Xanax), lorazepam (Ativan), clonazepam (Klonopin) and chlordiazepoxide (Librium). If you’re prescribed these drugs, take them exactly as ordered. If you feel your need for these medications is increasing, talk to your doctor about it including the signs of use and dependence listed below:

  • Drowsiness
  • Slurred speech
  • Lack of coordination
  • Memory problems
  • Confusion
  • Slowed breathing and decreased blood pressure
  • Dizziness
  • Depression

Common drug dependence signs and Symptoms: Drug addiction commencement





Underage alcoholism prevalence problem

Underage alcoholism prevalence

Underage alcoholism prevalence problems are evident with many adult users tracing their drinking from childhood

Underage alcoholism prevalence problem: Signs and symptoms of alcoholism and drug dependence

The underage alcoholism prevalence and collage drinking is currently being magnified and promoted by the easy access of alcohol and drugs. Alcohol is the most abused drug among youth globally with the United States leading in youthful addiction. Currently available statistics indicates that more tobacco and illicit drugs are being used by youths below the age of 21. It is also frustrating to note that of all the alcohol consumed in the US up to 11% of that substance is consumed by people aged between12 to 20. That is not something to take for granted because early use of alcohol can draw young people into a host of problems and aggravate existing ones says doctor Dalal Akoury a veteran addiction expert of over two decades. According to the experts from AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center a facility established by doctor Akoury to primarily deal with all matters relating to addiction, each year approximately 5000 young people under the age of 21 die as a result of underage drinking. This includes about 1,900 deaths from motor vehicle crashes, 1,600 as a result of homicides, 300 from suicide, and hundreds from other injuries such as falls, burns and drowning.

Besides that, it is estimated that up to 600,000 college students are accidentally injured while under the influence of alcohol with another 700,000 students being assaulted by other students who have been drinking and as if that is not enough about 100,000 more students are victims of alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape that is according to statistics available from NCADD Fact Sheet which are also in agreement with the above statistics. When we talk of the high prevalence of underage alcoholism prevalence, it is not a small matter to be wished away because as a matter of fact there is evidence that over 11,000 teens in the US are becoming first users of alcohol daily by trying to use the drink for the first time and that translate into more than four million drink alcohol in any given month. As you ponder about that, let’s find out why young people often resort to drinking alcohol.

Underage alcoholism prevalence problem: Why do young people drink alcohol?

The reasons why young people take alcohol are not different from that of adults. Some of those reasons may seem obvious, however understanding the feelings and motivations behind them as well as how each teen’s life comes into play can be difficult. The following are some of the reasons why young people resort into drinking alcohol:

  • Some young people often drink to check out from family problems or issues with school performance
  • It could be motivated by loneliness, low self–esteem, depression, anxiety disorder and other mental health issues lead many young people to drink alcohol
  • Young people turn to alcohol to deal with the pressures of everyday social situations
  • Young people may drink to change their image or to fit in when moving to a new school or town
  • Young people may drink to gain confidence or lose inhibitions

One clear point is that it may not matter the reasons why young people engages into this habit. Irrespective of the reason, the consequences remain the same. That is why seeking for help from the experts at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center immediately is very necessary.

Underage alcoholism prevalence problem: Signs and symptoms of alcoholism and drug dependence


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Addictive disorders treatment requirements

Addictive disorders treatment

Addictive disorders treatment requirements must be tailored to deliver quality treatment

Addictive disorders treatment requirements: Chemical abuse and dependence

Because chemical dependence is a complex disorder, effective treatment requires interventions that address the physical health, mental health, and interpersonal relationships of the affected individual. Therefore, the addictive disorders treatment process must be comprehensive to address the multiple and complex needs of addicted individuals and their families. Essential elements of comprehensive treatment for addictive disorders consist of many components, some of which should be employed for every person and some only for certain individuals. Besides, it is important that the individual’s family be engaged in part of the treatment process. And the good news is, all these components we are making refence to, are all available at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center. The components may include:

  • A comprehensive evaluation of the nature of use, and strengths and needs of the individual which results in a diagnosis;
  • An individualized treatment plan which is developed with the patient and is modified as the individual progresses;
  • Clinical case management;
  • Cognitive and behavioral therapy;
  • Continuing care;
  • Detoxification and medical management of withdrawal symptoms;
  • Monitoring of continued abstinence from alcohol and other substances;
  • Pharmacological therapy, when appropriate;
  • Self-help or peer support as a complement to professional treatment.
  • Vocational and educational assistance;

Doctor Akoury reiterates that for effective result to be realized, the evaluation, diagnosis and resulting treatment plan must be developed by qualified and experienced professionals in the addiction field and must address the multiple aspects of the disease. Although addiction treatment provider need not provide all services directly, quality care then demands that services be planned for and provided through referral linkages with other appropriately qualified providers.

Addictive disorders treatment requirements: Education and awareness of addiction treatment

The process of treatment begins with educating the individual and his or her family about the disease of addiction and assuring that each individual recognizes the signs and symptoms of the disease in his or her own life. Motivational enhancement may be the first step since many patients may not accept that their addiction is not normal. Teaching the individual to both recognize the triggers of relapse and use preventive responses to these triggers is critical during the treatment process. The outcome of appropriate, comprehensive treatment should strive toward helping the persons receiving services to accomplish the following:

  • Develop and sustain a social support network that will foster and reinforce ongoing recovery.
  • Develop the capacity or potential to practice normal life activities with responsibility;
  • Learn and practice the mechanisms, attitudes, skills and behaviors necessary to sustain the positive effects of treatment;
  • Recognize the personal signs, symptoms, circumstances, and triggers of relapse and know how to respond;
  • Understand the physical impact of chemicals and the implications of addiction on brain functioning;
  • Understand the relevant issues associated with the disease as it affects their lives and the lives of those around them;

Finally with all these teachings done the individual patient must always keep in close touch with their physicians during and after the treatment process. Therefore if you are considering this worthy course and you are at cross road not knowing who to turn to for professional help, doctor Dalal Akoury’s office is ever open for you and you can schedule for an appointment with her so that you can have all your concerns professionally addressed.

Addictive disorders treatment requirements: Chemical abuse and dependence