Tackling the growing use of drugs


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Dr Mehwish

Substance use disorders (SUD) create changes in the brain, leading to a compulsion to use drugs becoming a chronic mental health problem. However, sobriety is possible with the right treatment and support for those trapped in the abyss.

Risk factors for addiction including early age of onset, genetics, childhood trauma, learning disabilities, mental illnesses like depression, bipolar disorder, psychosis, etc. a scenario.

Left untreated, addiction turns into a disease of the brain, and prolonged use of substances can alter the brain in fundamental and lasting ways, inflicting memory problems, loss of impulse control, aggression and even triggering. criminal and suicidal tendencies. Emotions generated by depression and anxiety, broken relationships (family, friends and romantic relationships), poor or declining health, difficulty maintaining self-esteem, grief, loss or trauma initially trigger a feeling of isolation and gradually lead a person down the path of drug addiction.

When it comes to addiction, he’s a “dog with a bone” and never wants to go. He never forgets when and where to look for his bone.

Prevention of drug and alcohol abuse can begin at home. Parents can talk to their children and explain the consequences of drug addiction. Talking to children when they are young can create a solid foundation for drug abuse awareness. It helps parents to positively influence their children while teaching them limits and limits. Parents help children understand when to deny something that can harm them, and such “prevention talk” also creates deeper bonds between children and parents. Parents can establish consistency in communication as well as advice that can be followed for years. Preventive conversations can build trust between parent and child and lead to sound decisions about habits, friends, interests and influences.

There are government agencies, community leaders and NGOs who can help take ownership of a strategy for reaching children and teaching them to live drug-free lives. Much of this is aimed at preventing adolescent drug abuse before adolescents reach adulthood or enter the “real world”. Thanks to these educational tools, drug addiction among adolescents has decreased considerably compared to previous decades.

All of these programs should ensure that all aspects of drug abuse are addressed. This includes the use by minors of legal drugs such as alcohol and tobacco, illicit street drugs, inhalants, and the inappropriate use of legal drugs such as prescription and over-the-counter drugs. These programs must also be adapted to the specific needs of the public. Having specialized programs for different genders, ages, cultures and ethnicities only makes the programs more effective.

School drug abuse prevention programs have also proven to be of great importance, while drug abuse prevention should be addressed in preschool. Preschoolers can benefit from learning to deal with aggression, problem solving, and communication skills to avoid putting themselves at risk for substance abuse later in life. Middle and high school curricula should focus on peer relations, communication, assertiveness, drug resistance skills, and the development of anti-drug attitudes. School-based prevention programs should be repeated often for the best level of success.

Drug addiction rehabilitation treatment can be used to help a person recover from drug addiction, injury, and even physical or mental illness. However, drug addiction treatment programs are often what comes to mind when one thinks of the word “rehabilitation” itself. People addicted to drugs or alcohol often need the extra care and assistance provided by drug treatment centers. One of the reasons for this is that drug and alcohol treatment centers can only be truly effective when the patient has the desire to be there and change their addictive habits.

Before entering a drug treatment center, patients may have to undergo drug treatment. Detoxification is the process by which a patient rids their body of the addictive substance. In addition, drug and alcohol addiction treatment centers help patients make positive changes in their lives by correcting inappropriate behaviors. Patients learn healthy coping skills, impulse control, emotional regulation skills, and drug refusal strategies that can help them avoid long-term relapses.

Before starting drug and alcohol treatment, an addict will undergo an initial assessment from an addiction counselor or mental health professional. This assessment will take into account drug self-reports, medical records, urine tests, blood tests, etc. The person will collect as much information as possible about the patterns of drug or alcohol abuse. Medical history, mental status, physical problems or conditions are recorded in addition to vital signs.

Past experiences of detoxification or rehabilitation should be recorded, including living conditions, financial situation and legal status in addition to the risk of violence or suicide, cognitive, sensory or physical disabilities, etc. The person performing the assessment will use this information to help create an individualized treatment plan. tailored to your needs. This treatment plan may involve individual therapy such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) or contingency management. Group counseling, peer support meetings, such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA), family therapy sessions, additional services or activities such as yoga, exercise and nutritional counseling, Meditation and mindfulness, acupuncture or spa treatments, medication management, if applicable should be noted.

Individual therapy will help you learn to recognize and deal with triggers. Therapists can also help you improve your emotional regulation skills to better prevent relapses. Group counseling gives you the opportunity to practice sober social skills, as well as the coping strategies you have learned in individual counseling. Family therapy sessions can help mend broken relationships, improve communication skills, and develop conflict resolution skills.

Many industries are changing due to the artificial intelligence (AI) revolution, and the drug treatment industry is no different. As technology evolves, so do the ways in which rehabilitation facilities integrate technology into substance abuse treatment. It’s not far from saying that AI is also revolutionizing drug treatment, opening up new opportunities to help patients get sober.

One of the primary ways that AI is revolutionizing the fields of drug treatment is behavioral recognition. As computers become increasingly adept at recognizing and predicting patterns of human behavior and emotion, the application of these predictions is becoming more widespread. In particular, the recognition of seizures can be a major advance in the treatment of drug addiction.

AI can already predict the likelihood of an individual attempting suicide. With a few changes to the algorithm, this could help determine not only the likelihood of a suicide attempt, but also the degree of mental, physical, and emotional distress an individual has. Essentially, AI could help healthcare professionals reach people in crisis due to alcoholism or drug addiction. What’s more, AI can also help minimize the risk of relapse. By analyzing certain research queries or behavioral models, algorithms could determine when a recovering person is in difficulty. While fully automated drug treatment may be far away, the early impact of AI and machine learning is becoming increasingly apparent. In the meantime, if you or a loved one is suffering from addiction, don’t wait to seek help.

Drug addiction is a growing problem and prevention should be a priority in all our homes and communities.

Dr Mehwish is a researcher and advocate for mental health.


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