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Substance abuse flow in the brain

Substance abuse flow

Substance abuse flow in the brain and this can be very dangerous

Substance abuse flow in the brain: When the brain is under influence of drugs

It is because of a well-functioning brain that we can competently say that we are healthy. Any negative effect on the brain affects human health adversely. And in particular when substance abuse flows in the brain life become very unbearable. This is because the brain is the engine that drives the human body meaning that if the brain is healthy, it will process and transmit healthy information to various parts of the body. On the other hand, when the brain is contaminated all the processed information will be contaminated too. That is why we need to understand, protect and maintain the brain in perfect health if we want to get full optimum from it. The brain must be cared for it and kept safe from all the substance abuse flow which are likely to bring damage to it. Therefore, that is going to be our focus of discussion in this article and even in the subsequent posting.

Substance abuse flow in the brain: The brain’s adaptation to the environment

Remember that the brain is the most dynamic and complex organ in our bodies. I believe that you are interested in finding out how to care for this most vital organ of your body. Therefore it will do you good to keep on the link to find out more from the experts at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center under the able leadership of doctor Dalal Akoury. According to these experts, the proper functionality of the brain delivers quality assurance of our very survival. Doctor Akoury says that when our brains (the human brain) functions well, we are constantly adopting or adjusting to our environment (our surroundings) changes well. What many may not know is that this smooth adaptation is the work of our brain. And ironically, it is the brain’s ability to be so adaptive that contributes to the formation of all manner of addictions. From the various studies conducted by researchers across the globe, it has been established that addiction has direct effect to the brain and that it causes changes to the brain in at least four fundamental ways:

  • Addiction causes changes to the brain’s natural balance (homeostasis).
  • Addiction alters brain chemistry.
  • Addiction changes the brain’s communication patterns.
  • Addiction causes changes to brain structures and their functioning.

The findings listed above will help us understand the importance of the brain and why we must protect it from the effects of drug addiction which has been sighted as one of the main course of damage to this very vital organ. Doctor Dalal Akoury and her team of experts from AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center, are going to be very resourceful even as we discuss each of these fundamental changes that come with the effects of addiction to the brain progressively. You certainly don’t want to miss this and so we invite you to stay with us on the link and be enriched with this worthy health information. But in the meantime, if you are struggling with any kind of addiction, you may want to consult with doctor Akoury for a more professional undertaking today.

Substance abuse flow in the brain: When the brain is under influence of drugs


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Choosing substance abuse over health

Choosing substance abuse

Choosing substance abuse over health is a risky affair

Choosing substance abuse over health: Behind the smoke screen

The way we understand some of the things around us often make us do things which would one day be very costly for our health. Like for instance those in the business of drugs are out to make money but their line of business is very costly for their clients and the society in general. Today the world is chocking with effects of choosing substance abuse over health thanks to the business done by drug barons. It is quit ironical that majority of their clients are those who cannot sustain the habit financially. And because these drugs are very addictive in nature, users have no choice but to continue doing whatever it takes to finance their addiction even if it will land them into the wrong side of the law.

Choosing substance abuse over health: Substance abuse tolerance

The other problem with drugs is the issue of tolerance. This is a serious contributing factor to drug addiction, and young people who are lured into drugs often start with what would be considered as soft drugs and when they can no longer get the high the used to get even after taking the same drug more and more, then they find themselves being graduated to more powerful drugs which will speed up the high experience. Before they realize, they are full addicts of hard drugs. So I ask how well you know your drug. Speaking to the experts at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center under the able leadership of doctor Dalal Akoury MD, you will find that, the use of marijuana is not only harmful to the pot smoker himself but this habit is also a risk to the whole society.

Research clearly shows that marijuana has the potential to cause problems in daily life. A study of 129 college students found that, among those who smoked the drug at least twenty-seven of the thirty days before being surveyed, critical skills related to attention, memory and learning were seriously diminished. A study of postal workers found that employees who tested positive for marijuana had 55% more accidents, 85% more injuries and a 75% increase in being absent from work.

The truth is marijuana is not just addictive, but very dangerous and can harm a person’s memory with the impact lasting for days or weeks after the immediate effects of the drug wear off. In one study, a group of heavy marijuana users were asked to recall words from a list. Their ability to correctly remember the words did not return to normal until as long as four weeks after they stopped smoking. Again it has been established that students who use marijuana have lower grades and are less likely to get into college than nonsmokers. They simply do not have the same abilities to remember and organize information compared to those who do not use these substances. That variation can only motivate you to seek for help now. We want to help you get out of this problem professionally. The only thing you need to do is to schedule for an appointment with doctor Akoury for the commencement of your recovery process.

Choosing substance abuse over health: Behind the smoke screen


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Various signs and symptoms of substance abuse

Various signs

Various signs and symptoms of substance abuse could be disturbing but worth knowing for lasting solutions

Various signs and symptoms of substance abuse: First is addressing denial

The very first point of action is addressing any element of denial. And having done so, doctor Dalal Akoury MD, a veteran addiction expert and also the founder of AWAREmed Health and Wellness Health Resource Center says that, the next step is to move further and trace the various signs and symptoms of substance abuse in your life. In other words if you’re wondering whether you have a substance abuse problem, then the following questions may help. Depending on how you respond to them will give an indication whether you have drinking problem or your drug use is a problem. In other words, when your response has more yes than no then chances are that you have a problem which needs to be fixed immediately.

  • Do you ever feel bad, guilty, or ashamed about your drinking or drug use?
  • Do you ever tell lies about how much or how often you drink or use drugs?
  • Has you alcohol or drug use gotten you into trouble at work or with the law?
  • Has your alcohol or drug use caused problems in your relationships, as in marriage, work place?
  • Have members of your family or friends showed concern about your alcohol or drug use?
  • Have you ever blacked out from drinking or drug use?
  • Have you ever felt you should cut down on your drinking or drug use?
  • Have you tried to cut back, but just couldn’t?
  • On more than one occasion, have you done or said something while drunk or high that you later regretted and wished you didn’t?

Various signs and symptoms of substance abuse: Co-occurring disorders and depression

The mental health problems that most commonly co-occur with substance abuse are depression, anxiety disorders, and bipolar disorder. The others may include:

  • Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness
  • Loss of interest in daily activities
  • Inability to experience pleasure
  • Appetite or weight changes
  • Sleep changes
  • Loss of energy
  • Strong feelings of worthlessness or guilt
  • Concentration problems
  • Anger, physical pain, and reckless behavior (especially in men)

Various signs and symptoms of substance abuse: Mania in bipolar disorder

  • Feelings of euphoria or extreme irritability
  • Unrealistic, grandiose beliefs
  • Decreased need for sleep
  • Increased energy
  • Rapid speech and racing thoughts
  • Impaired judgment and impulsivity
  • Hyperactivity
  • Anger or rage

Various signs and symptoms of substance abuse: Anxiety

  • Excessive tension and worry
  • Feeling restless or jumpy
  • Irritability or feeling “on edge”
  • Racing heart or shortness of breath
  • Nausea, trembling, or dizziness
  • Muscle tension, headaches
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Insomnia

Finally it amazes me how we often get the best information and fail to implement them. We all want to live healthy lives free from all manner of addictions and mental health complications but on the other hand we find it difficult to conform to certain standards of life that is deemed healthy and productive. That really amazes me, however knowing that these drugs are very addictive, we have a duty to change things professionally. When you visit us at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center, we will evaluate your individual conditions and professionally administer treatment to your individual needs that will live you full of life free from addiction and ready to go places. You can talk to us today by calling doctor Dalal Akoury to schedule for you appointment.  

Various signs and symptoms of substance abuse: First is addressing denial


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Family therapy and substance abuse treatment

Family therapy

Family therapy and substance abuse treatment can compliment each other in defeating addiction

Family therapy and substance abuse treatment:  Introducing loved ones in the healing process

No one will be happy seeing any member of his/her family get wasted in substance abuse. In fact when any member of the family is struggling with addiction, the whole family will have their share of the burden to bear. That is why doctor Dalal Akoury MD and her team of experts from AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center are not leaving anything to chance when it comes to the administrations of drug addiction treatment. According to doctor Akoury who is also the president and founder of this facility, the family has a central role to play in the treatment of any health problem, and that is why we are very particular in our treatment procedures. To be successful in totality, family therapy and substance abuse treatment will complement each other effectively.

The theme of family treatment

There is no doubt that today family work has become a strong and continuing theme of many treatment approaches, nonetheless the family therapy is not used to its greatest capacity in substance abuse treatment. A primary challenge remains the broadening of the substance abuse treatment focus from the individual to the family. The two disciplines, family therapy and substance abuse treatment, bring different perspectives to treatment implementation. In substance abuse treatment, for instance, the client is the identified patient (IP)—the person in the family with the presenting substance abuse problem. In family therapy, the goal of treatment is to meet the needs of all family members. Doctor Akoury in her decades of working experience agrees that family therapy is very essential in addressing the interdependent nature of family relationships and how these relationships serve the IP and other family members for good or ill.

Why do we need family treatment?

This is very important because the primary objective of family therapy treatment is to intervene in these complex relational patterns and to alter them in ways that bring about productive change for the entire family. Family therapy rests on the systems perspective. As such, changes in one part of the system can and do produce changes in other parts of the system, and these changes can contribute to either problems or solutions.

It is important to understand the complex role that families can play in substance abuse treatment. They can be a source of help to the treatment process, but they also must manage the consequences of the IP’s addictive behavior. Individual family members are concerned about the IP’s substance abuse, besides having their own goals and issues. That is why it is important to provide treatment services to the whole family if any meaningful result is to be realized effectively says doctor Akoury.

Finally the essence of family therapy and substance abuse treatment is to deliver completeness in healing. You will need serious committed professionals to deliver this to you and to the whole family. This professionalism is what we have invested in as AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center. It is therefore very important that you let us be part of your healing process by scheduling for an appointment with doctor Dalal Akoury for the commencement of your treatment process. It is worth noting that we appreciate that an integrated substance abuse treatment model based on family therapy, both family functioning and individual functioning play important roles in the change process and so we will take you through that process effectively and professionally.

Family therapy and substance abuse treatment: Introducing loved ones in the healing process