WHAT ARE OPIOIDS

What are Opioids? They are synthetic drugs designed to reproduce the effects of natural opioids such as Opium, which is a dried latex obtained from Poppies. Opium is 12% analgesic alkaloid morphine, which is processed chemically to produce heroin. Opiates can be prescribed by a doctor or obtained at a pharmacy to treat moderate to […]

Addiction In The Workplace

Addiction In The Workplace Recent statistics on drug abuse estimates that approximately 13.3% of the adult South African population struggle with addiction. Drug and alcohol addiction affects every aspect of a person’s life, including their work. Employers can play a meaningful role in helping employees prevent and deal with addiction in the workplace. Although an […]

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Synthetic Cannabis

In the last few days the South African news cycle has been going crazy with the story of several teenagers who ingested an unknown drug(Synthetic Cannabis) and were subsequently sent to hospital. Alarming videos have been making the rounds on social media of children who are unresponsive or incoherent at the time of medical intervention. […]

In-patient or Out-patient?

Choosing a treatment facility When choosing a facility, In-patient or Out-patient, for your loved one, especially if you have limited knowledge about rehabilitation and addiction, may prove to be a difficult task. The first question is always “Are they going to be okay?”. Trusting a team of people you don’t know and a program that […]

Cross Addiction in Recovery

Cross Addiction in Recovery Different manifestations of Addiction Addiction based on behavior rather than a specific substance, it can manifest in various different forms. The five most common forms of addiction are drugs, alcohol, sex, food and gambling, although new forms of addictions are branching out today such as social media, co-dependency and compulsive behavior […]

ENABLING BEHAVIOR IN ADDICTION

ENABLING BEHAVIOR IN ADDICTION Dilemma:         “I am the mother of a thirty year old son who is abusing drugs and alcohol. He has been hospitalized and detoxed once and has been through an excellent drug rehab program. However, he quickly relapsed and is again abusing drugs. He has lost his job and is now living with […]

Marijuana Myths and Misconceptions

Given that this is currently such a hot button topic it seemed an appropriate time to address some of the Marijuana myths and misconceptions. In the last week the Constitutional Court of South Africa made a monumental decision. It was decided that the prosecution of marijuana use was unconstitutional and thus over turned a long-standing […]

ADDICTION AS A DISEASE

ADDICTION AS A DISEASE Addiction is a complex disease of the brain and body that involves compulsive use of one or more substances despite serious health and social consequences. Addiction disrupts regions of the brain that are responsible for reward, motivation, learning, judgment and memory. It damages various body systems as well as families, relationships, […]

Celebrity Culture: Normalizing Addiction, Recovery and Relapse

Celebrity Culture: Normalizing addiction, recovery and relapse. If you are the type of person who uses any form of social media, follows the news or listens to the radio, there is a good chance that you have heard about the recent relapse of Demi Lovato. The celebrity was found unconscious after an apparent overdose.  And this […]

Women In Recovery

Women often ask themselves, why is it so difficult to recover? Why is it so difficult for women to get clean or come into treatment? Most importantly, why is it difficult for women to stay clean? Women coming into recovery often already feel uncomfortable confronting and being open about their disease. Why is this you […]

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