Alcohol and Drug Related Problems

The lure of the highland brew

Are Alcohol or Drugs ruining Your life?

Unfortunately alcohol and or drugs are an integral part of everyday life for many people, and drug use among adults remains high. Which is very troubling because they do have the knowledge and ability to kick the habit but many do not! Naturally the addictive nature of these substances is part of the problem but for many that habit can be beaten; you can get your life back.  There is also an ever increasing consumption of recreational drugs, specifically alcohol, amongst younger people. Many of whom seem to feel immune to the addictive effects of drugs; despite all the information contrary to their currently held belief.

Many drugs, some legal and some not, alter the mind and some mind-altering drugs affect brain function each time they are used, regardless of how much is used. Other mind-altering drugs affect brain function only if a large amount is used or if it is used frequently. Some drugs affect the brain in such a way that a person wants or feels a need to use the drug again and again (craving). Others are less pervasive in nature but still not a good thing to do or habit to have.

Essentially there appears to be something missing from the psyche, or perspective of the life of the user. It is this something that the drug is taken to satisfy. For example it can make you feel like a supercharged version of yourself (or who you wish you were) or it can dampen the pain, anguish and despair that one feels in their life! However, the very best drugs, the ones that will make you have the life you want, feel confident, happy and fulfilled are already in your brain and hypnotherapy is, without doubt, the most effective tool for mind management and mental engineering. Imagination is the most powerful stimulator of extreme mental creativity and it's virtually free and available to use!

The problems created by the use of mind-altering drugs are given many different terms, for example, drug abuse, drug dependence, and drug addiction. Doctors and other experts, in treating these problems, often disagree about the exact meaning of these terms. But one thing they will likely agree on, is, that drugs or alcohol can really screw up your life and badly affect the life of those who you love!

What is Alcohol, Drug Abuse:

Drug abuse is the use of a mind-altering drug without medical need, in an amount large enough or over a period long enough to threaten the quality of life or health and safety of the user or others. Many people use drugs without medical need but keep that use under control so that it does not threaten their health or adversely affect their functioning.

Taking a drug that does not usually alter the mind is still considered abusive if the drug is taken without medical need and if the drug endangers the quality of life or health and safety of the user or others. Drug abuse occurs in all socioeconomic groups and involves highly educated and professional people as well as those who are uneducated and unemployed.

Alcohol abuse is the taking of alcoholic drinks in levels that exceed recommended weekly levels by medical experts, e.g. no more than 14 units per week for men or women (get the facts here). The facts are that there is very rarely, if ever, a medical need for alcohol but in times of extreme pressure or in an emergency; a drink sure does seem to do the trick! Used in modest amounts, even socially, there are no major red flags for most people; moderation is key!

 

Alcohol, Drug Dependence:

Alcohol and/or drug dependence is a compelling need to continue taking alcoholic beverages or a mind-altering drug to induce pleasure, to relieve anxiety, tension and avoid discomfort. Drug dependence is caused by a combination of biological and psychological factors. Drugs that cause dependence may produce euphoria, feelings of increased mental and physical ability, and an altered sense of perception. The effects of alcohol are similar, it gives us the perception of super abilities, e.g. making a shy person extrovert. It can make some people lose inhibitions or behave in a silly fashion, in others it can make them abusing or even violent. Alcohol affects the brain in so many ways and is particularly dangerous for teenagers, whose brains are still developing!

Dependence can be very powerful and difficult to overcome. The body adapts to the continuous use of a drug that produces dependence, leading to tolerance (hence people believing they are not drunk) and to withdrawal symptoms when usage stops. Tolerance is the need to use progressively larger amounts of a drug to reproduce the effects originally achieved with the starting amount; but sadly with diminishing effect!

Withdrawal symptoms occur when the alcohol/drug use is stopped or when the drug's effects are blocked by another drug. The way in which people experience withdrawal varies but there are enough similarities to propose commonality. A person undergoing withdrawal may feel sick (nausea) and may develop headaches, diarrhoea, or shaking (tremors). Sudden withdrawal can evoke a serious and even life-threatening illnesses.

Alcohol, Drug Addiction:

Drug addiction is essentially a life out of all normal control and the presence of an absolute need for the substance(s) of choice. Common attributes are the disruptive behaviours or activity associated with obtaining and using a drug or alcohol that a person is dependent on. Addiction generally interferes with the ability to work, study, or interact normally with family and friends. A person can become addicted to legal or illegal drugs and can even become addicted when a drug is used for a medical need or for less acceptable reasons. However, the behaviour or activity associated with obtaining and using a drug is likely to vary tremendously based on the legality and acceptance of that drug. Obtaining a legal drug to meet a medical need is often as unremarkable as going to the doctor, getting a prescription, and then going to the pharmacy. However, for an illegal drug or a legal drug used without medical need and for unacceptable reasons, the behaviour or activity may include lying and stealing or even assault.

The important thing to take on board, is, that the excessive use of alcohol or drugs can seriously damage the brain, that is by way of chemical interruption (misfiring and crossed wire effect), or physical brain damage. When considering that the brain is the most important part of what makes us who we are. Then alcohol or drug abuse could end up making us who we are not! I like who I am way too much to let that happen; what about you?

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How Hypnosis Can Help: Well it can help set you free!

I always recommend the additional support of a recognised addiction programme; such as AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) Click Here or NA (Narcotics Anonymous) Click Here.

Also, Hypnosis can help in the process of forgiveness and self love; the lack thereof often being associated with addictive behaviours.

 

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