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Addiction

AddictionMental & Emotional Health
June 6, 2018

Why is addiction a disease?

When you think of a disease, addiction probably wouldn’t cross your mind, but it should. Addiction is a disease of the brain and body which involves using substances or taking part in dangerous activities despite the negative effects. Like all diseases, if addiction isn’t treated, there are health-related consequences (for both the addict and their loved ones). Drinking excessively and taking illegal drugs are the most common types of addictions, but there are many others. Types of addiction: Substance addiction is the compulsive use of drugs like cocaine, opioids, and prescription drugs like sleeping tablets, painkillers and inhalants. This also…
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AddictionMental & Emotional Health
May 11, 2018

Do you need to go to rehab for binge-watching?

You’ll regret it in the morning when you can’t keep your eyes open, but you press play anyway. “Just one more episode,” you tell yourself. A recent Netflix survey revealed that 61% of users regularly watch two to six episodes in just one sitting. Does this sound familiar? After a long day, curled up in bed with snacks, watching endless episodes of your favourite series may sound appealing, but it may not be so kind to your health. The high you get from watching your favourite shows on a loop makes you feel good but it may lead to addiction.…
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AddictionMental & Emotional Health
March 7, 2018

How do you know if someone is an addict?

We usually think of addiction as something extreme; associated with drugs, alcohol or substances, but you can become addicted to many different things. For many years experts believed that only alcohol and certain drugs could lead to addiction. But recent research suggests that seemingly harmless activities like eating, social media, video games, sex, and even working, can become objects of addiction. How an addiction forms Some of us are more prone to addiction than others. Genetics, psychology, upbringing and various factors play a role. The first phase, is where your body develops a tolerance and an affinity for that substance.…
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AddictionMental & Emotional Health
December 8, 2017

The dangers of Ritalin if you don’t have ADHD

Campus life can be crazy and rewarding all at once. Hopping between classes, social events, new relationships and extracurricular activities can take its toll by the time exams roll around. You’re stretched thin, and the pressure to perform can be unbearable. This can be dangerous territory if you start scouting around for illicit substances to give your performance a boost. The dark side of study drugs So-called “study drugs” are common at universities, with students misguidedly assuming they’re the best options for mental focus during crunch time.  Ritalin is one such culprit. This medication is normally prescribed for Attention Deficit…
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Addiction
October 27, 2017

What makes ‘street drugs’ so dangerous?

If you've used recreational drugs, you might think: "It's not that bad! I've enjoyed getting high, with no consequences." The problem, however, is not just the drug itself, but all the extras that gets added in. Narcotics, like heroin, tik and cocaine, don't just have dangerous short term effects, but cause significant damage to the structure of your brain when used over time. So, before you drop one, pop a tab or do another line, take a look at the facts: What makes it so dangerous? Because street drugs are uncontrolled, dealers will use anything to mix, dilute or bulk…
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AddictionMental & Emotional Health
June 21, 2017

Does your friend have a secret drinking problem?

Did you know, that the average South African drinks about 20 liters of alcohol each year!? It us equivalent to 196 six packs of beer, 62 bottles of spirits, and 220 bottles of wine! That means that some people drink more than that, and some less. So, we drink a lot of booze as a country - but how much is too much? People with drinking problems often don't realise it: they think they're in control, while their life slowly spins out of control. They need a friend - like you - to help them see the light. According to…
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Addiction
June 11, 2016

When medicine turns deadly

Two stories trending on social media this week may be worlds apart, but they have something huge in common: it isn’t just street drugs that can harm or kill you. (more…)
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Addiction
May 20, 2016

Nope, alcohol won’t make you warm

Another glass of wine, or tot of rum seems like the perfect fix for a chilly winter’s evening. After all, alcohol warms you up, right? Not quite – its effects are quite the opposite. (more…)
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Addiction
April 23, 2016

You can’t stop a hangover

It's weekend! you’re planning to relax and have a good time, and that usually includes alcohol. The party is great, but no one likes the hangover that comes the day after. So what is a hangover and how can we make them GO AWAY? (more…)
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AddictionMental & Emotional Health
April 10, 2016

Help! My loved one is an addict

It can happen to anyone, and maybe it’s happened to someone you really care about: a family member, a friend or a partner. Addiction to drugs or alcohol can seem like an impossible thing to handle. You go through feelings of fear, anger and helplessness as you watch someone slowly slip out of their own lives, and it’s like they can’t even hear you. (more…)
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