Alcohol and Drug Related Problems

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Do Alcohol or Drugs affect You and Yours?

Are an integral part of everyday life for many people, and drug use among adults remains high. Also, there is 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. 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 continually. 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).

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. 

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.

ironically, those who succumb to addictive behaviours very often respond well to hypnosis; providing they are off the influence of their chosen drug source. This is simply because hypnosis stimulates the brains pleasure centres of dopamine and endorphin production! Perhaps it helps to normalize those feelings that lead to usage. The real danger with addictive substances, is that they initially replicate brain stimulation of the bodies natural opiates, mainly dopamine. However, over time they impair the brains ability to produce this neurotransmitter naturally and it is the loss of this natural production that causes the desire to reuse.


The good news, in most cases, is that the brain is capable of making reasonable recovery, providing the usage stops!



Alcohol, Drug Dependence:

Drug dependence is a compelling need to continue taking a mind-altering drug to induce pleasure or to relieve anxiety and 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.

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 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 drug use is stopped or when the drug's effects are blocked by another drug. A person undergoing withdrawal feels sick and may develop headaches, diarrhoea, or shaking (tremors). Sudden withdrawal can evoke a serious and even life-threatening illness.


Alcohol, Drug Addiction:

Drug addiction is the disruptive behaviour or activity associated with obtaining and using a drug 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.


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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