Addiction

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Here are some questions people have asked us. If you don't see a question listed below, or need more explanation or clarification, send us an email. We'll be glad to provide an answer.

What are the common misunderstandings about addiction?

1. Addicts are bad, misbehaved, lazy or useless people
2. Addicts should not be treated unless they are violent or fall in gutters and create problems in social setting
3. People who do not abuse drugs or drink continuously that is throughout the day don't have a problem
4. People who are into substance abuse can be left alone if they earn well and work well
5. Alcohol, ganja are used in festivals, while cough syrups etc. are medicines, therefore they can be consumed without any harm
6. Alcohol improves appetite and sexual libido
7. Drinking foreign liquor is fashionable and an occupational etiquette

What is detoxification?
It is a process in which the patient is administered drugs, diet and a change of atmosphere to break the routine of addiction. Required medical and counseling support is also provided as withdrawal symptoms (commonly called "turkey") like disorientation, sleeplessness, and restlessness often occur during detoxification.

What does a rehabilitation center do?
We help addicts in the recovery process. The center has an outlined residential program. Use of discipline, creative & constructive routines and psychological treatment methods are some salient features. The addicts are helped to analyze themselves, confront defensive behavior and learn coping patterns. The duration of the patient's stay depends on his physical and mental condition.

What happens after treatment?
The patient goes back educated about his illness believes that he can remain without addictive substance, and continues with his work. He sees other addicts in worse conditions and remains watchful of his own deterioration if he goes in to relapse. He is also aware of the disadvantages of substance abuse, and that if he does not take proper precautions there are chances of relapse. After discharge of the patient, we provide a AA/NA meeting list and we also accompany the patient for a few initial meetings to initiate him to meetings.

What is recovery?
A person is on the recovery path when he abstains from or stops the use of addictive substance completely, examines and improves self-thinking, feeling and behavior patterns. The recovered addict also starts rehabilitating himself in family, job, education and career.

What is AA, NA?
AA is Alcoholics Anonymous, a self-help group started by and for the alcoholics. NA is Narcotics Anonymous, a self-help group for users of narcotic drugs like brown sugar, charas, ganja, cocaine etc. These groups have free membership, they provide anonymity and a sense of belonging to their members.

What is the role of family members?

Role of family members/caregivers in helping the addict is very crucial.
  • They need to accept that the addict is ill, and should accompany him for treatment like any other patient
  • They need to play a remedial role as prescribed by the counsellor
  • Changing their thinking, feeling and behaviour patterns is necessary
  • It is important to play a vigilant role in case the patient slips back to addiction
  • The family should try and lead a normal life within the circumstances

What is being sober or clean?

Sobriety or being clean is not merely abstinence from the substance but a qualitative change in attitude regarding self, others and the world. It also includes a sense of self-development and effort towards active reinstatement of self in the social mainstream. Can an addict lead a normal life? Yes, and he can even progress and help other addicts during their treatment and recovery. He can restart his education, career plans, family reunification etc. He should however always completely abstain from all addictive, dependency-producing substances as there is a danger of relapse of some abuse or shift to a new abuse.

Can an addict lead a normal life?
Yes, and he can even progress and help other addicts during their treatment and recovery. He can restart his education, career plans, family reunification etc. He should however always completely abstain from all addictive, dependency-producing substances as there is a danger of relapse of some abuse or shift to a new abuse.

WHAT OTHERS SAY OF ADDICTION?

1. Addiction is a conditional response - Behavioural psychologist
2. Addiction results from dysfunctional family - Social psychologist
3. Addiction is a permanent, progressive, cunning, baffling and powerful disease, marked by mental obsession and physical craving - AA / NA member
4. Addiction is either substance abuse or substance dependency - As classified in Diagnostic and Statistical Manual IV
5. Addiction is a biological disease - A Research Psychiatrist
6. Addiction is a feeling of "I shall continue it as long as I can" despite having devastating effects on oneself or others - Arnot Oregon Medical center
7. Drug dependence is a state, psychic and sometimes also physical, resulting from taking a drug, characterised by behavioural and other responses that always
   include a compulsion to take a drug on a continuous or periodic basis in order to experience its psychic effects, and sometimes to avoid the discomfort of its
   absence. Tolerance may or may not be present. A person may be dependent on more than one drug - WHO ICD 1990 (p. 1131)
8. Addiction is maladaptive pattern of spirituality - Religious Leaders