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I don’t want to go to Rehab!

I don’t want to go to Rehab!

What to do when your loved one refuses to go to Rehab The first step is to ensure that your own or other family members understanding of the situation is honest and true.  Addiction split families as one member tries to help by covering up and minimising the damage...

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Scared of going to Rehab?

Scared of going to Rehab?

There are many myths about Rehab – from they are only for rich and famous celebrities to they are places of punishment and pain. Neither are true and these thoughts can keep you or your loved one back from making the important decision to get some help.  Professional...

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Do I have a substance-use Disorder?

Do I have a substance-use Disorder?

The Diagnostic Manual of Mental disorders – Fifth edition (DSM-V) is utilised world wide to diagnose substance use disorder.  The diagnostic criteria (or symptoms) of addiction is based on decades of research and clinical knowledge. There are 10 different classes of...

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Valium

Valium

There are more than 15 different types of FDA-approved benzodiazepine medications. These drugs are referred to as Benzos and are widely prescribed for a variety of medical and mental health concerns. The benzodiazepine drug Xanax is the mostly widely prescribed...

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Cocaine

Cocaine

What does cocaine do to the brain? Cocaine is an illegal and powerfully addictive stimulant drug.  It is made from the leaves of the coca plant originally found in South America.  It looks like a fine white powder or small opaque yellowish crystals (‘rocks’). Cocaine...

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How do I know if I or a loved one is an alcoholic?

How do I know if I or a loved one is an alcoholic?

How do I know if I or a loved one is an alcoholic? We often perceive an alcoholic as a down and out person living on the streets begging for money for booze. However, some of the ‘best’ alcoholics I know are high functioning CEO’s and professionals. So what does an...

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When Love Becomes Addictive

When Love Becomes Addictive

Relationship addiction is otherwise known as love addiction.  The same behaviour that we see in substance abuse addicts or alcoholics is evident in the behaviour of love addicts. These behaviours are focused on obtaining the hearts desire – not necessarily love and...

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“Tik” – are You Meth dependent?

“Tik” – are You Meth dependent?

"Tik" or Methamphetamine is a man made central nervous system stimulant. Dependency on Methamphetamine (commonly known as ‘tik”) develops as a result of the impact of regular use of Meth on the brain.  The Meth passes through your body to the brain where it causes the...

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Schizoaffective Disorder

Schizoaffective Disorder

Schizoaffective disorder describes a condition that includes aspects of both schizophrenia and a mood disorder (either major depressive disorder or bipolar disorder). Scientists are not entirely certain whether schizoaffective disorder is a condition related mainly to...

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Cannabis and Work

Cannabis and Work

Cannabis and Work With the Constitutional Court judgment on 18th September 2018 effectively legalizing cannabis, some questions can be asked around Labour Law. Jan du Toit, a Senior Consultant with SA Labour Guide asks the question, “Does the fact that one will have...

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How to talk to your teenager about drugs

How to talk to your teenager about drugs

How to talk to your teenager about drugs  What happened to your 13 year old who hated smoking and gave you a look if you had a second glass of wine? People who took drugs were ‘stupid and they were never going to be that foolish’. Two years later you find cigarettes...

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Prescription Drug Abuse

Prescription Drug Abuse

Prescription drug abuse With the legalization of cannabis on the increase it is now prescription drugs rather than tik, cocaine or heroin that is most used illicitly. Most people take medicines only in the manner in which their doctors prescribe them. However a...

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