What You Need to Understand about Khat Side Effects

The use of khat, or Catha edulis as it is known by the scientific community, is on the increase throughout South Africa. If you or a loved one is abusing this drug, we would like to offer you this opportunity to familiarise yourself with khat side effects. Empowering yourself with this information may help you […]


Attachment and addiction: Are there a relationship and does it really matter.

Attachment theory Attachment theory was first developed by John Bowlby. He  was a British psychologist, psychiatrist, and psychoanalyst, notable for his interest in child development and for his pioneering work in attachment theory. He held various relevant positions including as deputy director of the Tavistock Clinic in London. Bowlby (1969) believed there exists a continuity of attachment from early […]

Substance Induced Psychosis

Psychosis is generally a symptom associated with schizophrenia. During a psychotic episode an individual experiences a disconnect from reality, the individual experiences hallucinations and/or delusions and are unable to distinguish between the hallucinations/delusions and reality. During these episodes there is a high risk of the individuals lashing out, hurting themselves or hurting others. Substance Induced […]

3 Warning Signs of Gambling Addiction

Gambling has the same physiological or hormonal effect on the brain as the use of drugs and alcohol. It begins with the surge of excitement in anticipation of the act, the extreme adrenaline rush that occurs when gambling and the unparalleled high of winning, followed by the compulsion to do it all over again. Gambling […]

Marijuana & Alcohol Legal but Dangerous

As legalization spreads, more Americans are becoming heavy users of cannabis, despite its links to violence and mental illness. The best data concerning the scope and effects marijuana & alcohol use come from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. The surveys ask about problems users believe they have experienced because of their use. […]

How to Choose a Drug Rehab in Pretoria

Facing the harsh realities of drug addiction and alcoholism, whether it be your own or that of a loved one, is not easy. There is no quick solution to learning to live with what is now classified as a medical disease. But there is a gradual and lifelong solution called recovery, which begins with living […]

Family Resources

Family Resources

“If you and your [partner] find a solution for the pressing problem of drink you are, of course, going to be very happy. But all problems will not be solved at once. Seed has started to sprout in new soil, but growth has only begun. In spite of your new-found happiness, there will be ups […]

How to Choose a Drug Rehab Centre in Johannesburg

Whether you are looking to check yourself or a loved one into a rehab centre, there are a number of factors to consider. With emotions running high and time being of the essence, choosing a drug rehab centre in Johannesburg can be daunting. Here are a few key aspects to look out for when making […]

What is wet brain

Wet brain is a form of brain damage that results from repeat and heavy exposure to alcohol. Also known as Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome, wet brain stems from a thiamine (vitamin B1) deficiency. Thiamine is an essential vitamin in the body that doesn’t occur naturally. A person must ingest it to achieve their daily recommended amount. The […]

How Drug Abuse Affects Everyone Around The Addict

The effects of drug abuse are far-reaching, especially where relationships are concerned. It can be argued that everyone who comes into contact with an addict is affected by his/her behaviour, whether indirectly or directly. In this article we look at some of the ways in which drug abuse affects everyone around the addict. Friendships One […]

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