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Problematic substances patterns: Treating sexual addiction concurrently with drug abuse

When examining problematic substances patterns and who they are use in individuals seeking help for a sexual addiction, it becomes clear that the two are indistinguishably linked together. It is estimated from the various studies that between 40-60% of individuals struggling with sexual addiction also meet the criteria for alcohol or drug addiction. And according to the experts from AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center it is evident that many individuals with sexual addiction problems have actually admitted to using substances in order to deal with, or escape from, the pain caused by their sexual behavior. Besides that it is also very common that many people are currently using substances to get over their inhibitions in order to engage in sexual behaviors that might be uncharacteristic for them if they were not drunk or high further explaining the significance of multi addiction.

We must therefore seek for information by way of investigating how multiple addictions can feed into one another. This is very important because it is possible that individuals may use one of their addictions to mask or dismiss the other addiction and this could be influenced by various reasons including fear and shames especially those elements that are considered shameful addiction. Like for instance, an individual may deny having a problem with sexual addiction and insist completely that their problematic sexual behavior is only caused by intoxication. The truth of the matter in this case may be that the drugs or alcohol are merely concealing the pain and shameful acts that are associated with the sexual addiction thereby helping the person to be spared from the emotional consequences of his or her actions. By the same token, both addictions may work on intensifying one another in such a way that the person only engages in their sexual addiction under the influence of alcohol or drugs. These rituals then serve to protect the addiction and ensure that patterns of use are stable and predictable and this can be very dangerous if not dealt with expeditiously.

Problematic substances patterns: Addressing the whole addictive process

A major concern with treatment of substance use disorder alone is that untreated sexual addiction often precipitates a relapse of substance use. Dealing with one addiction while ignoring the other may end up intensifying the problem that has not been addressed. A good example would be when a person in early recovery from a substance addiction turns to sexual performance enhancers in order to continue the ritualized sexual behavior that was previously enhanced by the substance use. This sexual behavior can continue to be problematic for the individual. The individual may continue to feel a sense of shame and pain.

Therefore recovery is about addressing the entire addictive process, not just those associated with a particular substance or behavior. The addictive process, whether related to sexual behavior or substances is often characterized by a pattern of secrecy, cognitive distortions and rituals. Consequently recovery from addiction regardless of type, would involve embracing and attempting to live a life of honesty, authenticity and emotional growth. All these are attainable with professional guidance from the experts at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center.

Problematic substances patterns: Treating sexual addiction concurrently with drug abuse



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Hindrances smokers encounter in quitting their habits

Hindrances smokers encounter

Hindrances smokers encounter in quitting their habits is closely associated with the depth of drug abuse

Hindrances smokers encounter in quitting their habits: Finding solutions to all your smoking frustrations

Until you get there you may not understand the magnitude of the real hindrances smokers encounter even as they desire to quite their smoking habits. Ideally the desire to quite is often very high for most smokers, but they are always pulled down by environmental events, social and physical events. Speaking to experts from AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center, it is very evident that smokers are easily angered, frustrated and irritated, they are anxious, depressed and are often worried about their BMI. These are some of the real concerns for smokers desiring to quite that we want to focus on in this article as follows.

Hindrances smokers encounter in quitting their habits: What to do about anger, frustration and irritability

Anger and frustrations are a common occurrence when one makes a decision for quitting smoking. At this point you may feel jittery and short-tempered, and you may even want to give up on tasks and assignments more quickly than usual. Because of this you may be less tolerant of others and easily get into more arguments with people even at the slightest different in opinion. Over the years experts have been researching on the link between anger, frustrations and cigarette smoking and it was established that the most common negative feelings associated with quitting smoking are feelings of anger, frustration, and irritability. These negative feelings are always at their highest within the first week of quitting and may last for 2 to 4 weeks. For easy management of these negative feelings the following hints can be beneficial:

  • In all you do always remind yourself that these feelings are temporary and will fade with time.
  • Engagement actively in physical activities like taking a walk is very important.
  • Reduce from your diet caffeine by limiting or avoiding coffee, soda, and tea.
  • Try meditation or other relaxation techniques, such as getting a massage, soaking in a hot bath, or breathing deeply through your nose and out through your mouth for 10 breaths.
  • Always consult with your doctor about nicotine replacement products or other medications before you can administer any in your body.

What can I do about anxiety?

The feelings of anxious is almost becoming a routine every time one make effort of quitting. Ordinarily within a time spun of 24 hours of quitting smoking, you will most likely feel tense and agitated. You may also feel tightness in your muscles especially around the neck and shoulders. In fact anxiety is one of the most common negative feelings associated with quitting. And when it occurs, it builds over the first 3 days after quitting and may last 2 weeks. The following can be helpful in managing anxiety:

  • Remind yourself that anxiety will pass with time.
  • Set aside some quiet time every morning and evening a time when you can be alone in a quiet environment it will help you remain focus objectively.
  • Engage in physical activity, such as taking a walk.
  • Reduce caffeine by limiting or avoiding coffee, soda, and tea.
  • Try meditation or other relaxation techniques, such as getting a massage, soaking in a hot bath, or breathing deeply through your nose and out through your mouth for 10 breaths.

Finally always consult with your doctor about nicotine replacement products or other medications from time to time. You can as well schedule for an appointment with doctor Akoury for a more professional approach.

Hindrances smokers encounter in quitting their habits: Finding solutions to all your smoking frustrations


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Smoking cessation aftermath problems

Smoking cessation aftermath

Smoking cessation aftermath may cause worries but together we can overcome

Smoking cessation aftermath: What next after smoking cessation?

There is no doubt that up on quitting smoking health improvement takes place almost immediately and for sure people who quit cigarette smoking at whatever age or stage of life are expected to feel significant and remarkable benefits within a few minutes, hours, days and weeks from their last puff of cigarette. However, it is equally important to note that even though the benefits will be realized almost immediately, the effects of smoking can still be felt even after one year of smoking cessation. Doctor Dalal Akoury (MD) and founder of AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center, says that, with smoking the vein health may still not return to normalcy thereby increasing the possibility of a failed heart bypass surgery and that is why we want to focus our discussion on the smoking cessation aftermath after recovery.

Smoking cessation aftermath: Coronary artery bypass

It will interest you to note that according to the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, coronary artery bypass grafting surgery is the most common type of open-heart surgery performed globally. Professionally this is primarily done to patients who have severe heart problems, or those whose major arteries have been blocked and damaged making them susceptible to heart problems. This procedure involves connecting (or grafting) a blocked artery to a healthy one so the blood can bypass the damaged artery and flow freely through the other one. Success rates of coronary artery bypass goes beyond grafting surgery which are considered high among non-smokers.

Experts are working round the clock to reduce the smoking cession aftermath especially after recovery and according to a study published in the journal The Annals of Thoracic Surgery it was established that the damage caused by tobacco use to the veins may not be fully reversed even after one full year of smoking cessation. This means that smoking has very long term effect on your health that even after quitting you will still be at certain risk according to the study. Remember that, heart disease is the number one killer in the world and it is strongly facilitated by smoking and the nicotine in the tobacco smoke. Along with improper diet, obesity, high cholesterol and inactivity, smoking is still a major risk factor for cardiovascular problems.

From the discussion so far it is becoming clear that even though quitting smoking is the best thing to do because of the benefit attached, it is equally important to appreciate the fact that it will take some time before the other damages can be reversed completely. Doctor Dalal Akoury is reaffirming that since no one really knows when he or she will be in need of coronary artery bypass surgery; the best approach to this problem/habit is to stop immediately and preferably in your youthful age. For better understanding of the magnitude of this problem, we are going to consider the following smoking risks on other medical procedures as follows in our subsequent blogs:

  • Smoking poses health risks to any kind of surgery
  • Smoking increases risk after colorectal procedures
  • Smoking makes cancer treatments less effective
  • Smoking impacts the body even during less invasive surgeries
  • Continuing to smoke after surgery causes serious complications.

In the meantime, if you have any concern you would want to be addressed professionally, you can always schedule for an appointment with doctor Dalal Akoury today for a one on one professional involvement.

Smoking cessation aftermath: What next after smoking cessation?



Cigarette smoking effects on your health

Cigarette smoking effects

Cigarette smoking effects on your health can be that dangerous and you need to recover from it immediately

Cigarette smoking effects on your health: The best quitting options

If you love your life, then you would want to do all it takes to protect it and be happy. I believe it is in every ones interest to be healthy and comfortable in life. You may be poor economically but if there is no sickness in your body, then you are far much better that a billionaire in hospital struggling for his life because of sickness. It is regrettable that some of the health conditions we are struggling with are avoidable but we just chose to invite them into our body. Take for instance cigarette smoking effects on our health, ideally is there anybody who is unaware of the dangers of cigarette smoking?

Globally this is one drug that is being advertised publicly with incriminating materials detailing the consequences of its usage. In every pack of the drug there is a powerful communication of its dangers to the user’s health, so no one can actually claim ignorance. We cannot continue like this where knowingly we endangers our lives and that of the people around us through secondhand smoke says doctor Dalal Akoury a veteran expert in addiction, MD and also the founder of AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center. The effects of cigarette smoking on your health are serious and very devastating. Realistically it can harm nearly every organ of the body. Available statistics indicate that currently cigarette smoking is causing more deaths with at least one in every five deaths in the United States is associated with cigarette smoking each year. To bring clarity about this vice, doctor Akoury is going to respond to some of the questions that concern many of us and you don’t want to miss that.

Cigarette smoking effects on your health: Is smoking a risk factor for autoimmune diseases?

The immune system is the body’s way of protecting itself from infection and disease. Smoking compromises the immune system, making smokers more likely to have respiratory infections. Smoking also causes several autoimmune diseases, including Crohn’s disease and rheumatoid arthritis. It may also play a role in periodic flare-ups of signs and symptoms of autoimmune diseases. Smoking doubles your risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis. Smoking has recently been linked to type 2 diabetes also known as adult-onset diabetes. Smokers are 30% to 40% more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than nonsmokers. Additionally, the more cigarettes an individual smokes, the higher the risk for diabetes.

With those statistics cigarette smoking effects in your health cannot be underrated. Your life and health needs to be prioritized by ensuring that the right and best actions is taken in good time. Doctor Dalal Akoury MD is a veteran addiction expert who has been of help to many people across the globe founded AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center just to help make a difference in people’s lives. Therefore if you are struggling with cigarette addiction, you may want to consider scheduling an appointment with her today so that you may get your health back on truck.

Cigarette smoking effects on your health: The best quitting options




Alcohol kills

Points of action when faced with alcoholism

Points of action when faced with alcoholism: How can I avoid drinking?


Points of action when faced with alcoholism will help you make the right decision towards your ultimate addiction recovery from your alcoholism problem.

Our children often find it very difficult to say no when offered a drink by their friends and this is not doing them any good in the fight against addiction. That is why it has become necessary for us at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center to share with us some few points of action when faced with alcoholism and even other substances. Before we get to that, it will interest you to note that AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center is the brain child of doctor Dalal Akoury who is also the MD, President and founder of the same. Doctor Dalal Akoury is a veteran addiction expert who has offered quality and relentless addiction treatment to millions of people across the globe and is still delivering real time solutions to people to date. If you, your child or any one you know is struggling with any kind of addiction, then you can consult with her today by scheduling for an appointment right away. Otherwise for the young people we appreciate that if you are keeping friends who drinking or using drugs are, you may be willing and desiring to let go the drink but their influence won’t let you. That is why we are tailoring this article to suit your individual situation as follows.

Doctor Akoury agrees that even though you inner-self may be saying No, it can be very hard to say “no, thanks” boldly and openly. This happens because we always want to safeguard our relationships and to avoid the risk of feeling rejected or being left out. Even with those challenges, it is still important to stand firm and say no and stick to your No, this can be done in several different strategies. Like for instance you may want to turn down alcohol work for different people without letting them see you as being difficult or distancing yourself from them. For this reason, some people will find it helpful to say no without giving an explanation while others may think that detailing their reasons works better e.g. (“sorry I’m not into drinking,” “sorry I ‘am sitting an exam tomorrow,” sorry I am taking part in a very important game tomorrow,” or “my parents died from drinking and I am not following their footsteps” these are some of the example you can give and still remain relevant to your friends.

Besides the above points, If you still find it difficult to say no to your friends when they offer you alcohol, you can as well shift the blame to your parents or another adult for your refusal by saying that “I am sorry my parents are coming to pick me up soon,” “I ‘am sorry I have already gotten in serious trouble for drinking once with the authorities and I can’t do it again,” or “better still you may say that “my coach would kill me if I drink before the game,” these are some of the better ways of communicating your refusal to your friend and because they too (teen) experience the same challenges, they will surely excuse you without any form of victimization.

Points of action when faced with alcoholism: Marry making and outings

Marry making and outings are serious threats to sinking into alcoholism and therefore it is important that as an individual, each time you’re going to a party where alcoholic drinks will be served, it is important that you up your game plan by coming up with a working strategy towards escape in advance. You and a friend can develop a signal for when it’s time to leave. Besides that you can also make sure that you have plans to do something besides just hanging out in someone’s basement drinking beer all night. Plan a trip to the movies, the mall, a concert, or a sports event. You might also organize your friends into a volleyball, bowling, or softball team any activity that gets you moving. Self-esteem is a factor to consider it therefore means that girls or guys who have strong self-esteem are less likely to become problem drinkers than people with low self-esteem.

Points of action when faced with alcoholism: Where you can get help from?

If you think you have a drinking problem, getting help as soon as possible is very necessary. The best approach is to talk to an adult you trust. If you can’t approach your parents, talk to your doctor, school counselor, clergy member, aunt, or uncle. It can be hard for some people to talk to adults about these issues, but a supportive person in a position to help can refer students to a drug and alcohol counselor for evaluation and treatment. In some states, this treatment is completely confidential. After assessing a teen’s problem, a counselor may recommend a brief stay in rehab or outpatient treatment. These treatment centers help a person gradually overcome the physical and psychological dependence on alcohol.

Points of action when faced with alcoholism: What if I’m concerned about someone else’s drinking?

Because we owe one another the duty of care we must show concern to our friends who are strongly into alcohol and drugs. It is normal to be living in a home with one or both parents who are abusing alcohol and not just parents even other relatives. This can be annoying and in the process may make you angry, scared, and depressed. Even though this is a possibility it is important to appreciate that many people can’t control their drinking without help and that is why we all must show concern because alcoholism is an illness that needs to be treated just like other illnesses. One important point about alcoholism is that people with drinking problems many at times can’t stop drinking until they are ready to admit that they have a problem that needs to be sorted out professionally. During this period of denial, many family members and loved ones have a feeling of depressed and helpless. However the good news is that we have experts at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center under the able leadership of doctor Dalal Akoury who can help you get well in the most human way with a lot of dignity and high standard of confidentiality. All you need to do is to schedule for an appointment with doctor Akoury and you will have your life back and live it to the fullest.

Points of action when faced with alcoholism: How can I avoid drinking?