November 30, 2018
How to party with no regrets
When you’re about to paint the town red with your mates, safety and preventing a hangover are probably the last things on your mind. But, who wants to wake up feeling terrible and blanking out on last night’s events? Partying sober is the trendiest thing to do, and your health will thank you for it. Sober is still trending Generation Z, born between the mid-1990s and early 2000s, is rejecting alcoholic beverages and opting for clean-living alternatives. Rather than hanging out at bars and nightclubs, Generation Z can be found attending juice crawls (a healthy-living social event) and silent discos,…Read More
August 10, 2018
How to break your bad habits
You get home each day, drop your bags on the couch, grab a drink and plonk yourself down on the couch to relax. Soon, hours have passed, and you haven’t done anything productive. How does this keep happening? Habit formation is a process where behaviours become second nature. For example, if you consciously thought about it, you probably wouldn’t be a couch potato for hours every night. But, if you repeat the activity over a long period, it becomes automatic behaviour. Actions you often repeat are most likely to become engrained in your brain and become habits. For example, over…Read More
August 9, 2018
Is vaping really better than smoking?
Since its inception more than 10 years ago, different models of vape pens are available worldwide, but a question among public health researchers continues to linger: “Do vape devices really help smokers quit, or is it a glorified unhealthy habit?” According to a report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; it’s a little bit of both. While vaping may help many to quit conventional cigarettes, the practice itself could encourage young people to start smoking. It’s important to note that vaping has its own health risks, but it’s likely to be far less harmful than conventional cigarettes. How…Read More
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…Read More
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.…Read More
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.…Read More
August 31, 2017
Uppers and downers – get high the healthy way
You’re struggling to keep up with your assignments, exams and part-time job. You’re in desperate need of a jolt to your system or something to help you unwind, so you turn to your favourite upper or downer. It may help in the moment, but how much do you know about that stuff you're swallowing, sniffing or smoking? First you’re up… Uppers are drugs known for their physically and mentally stimulating effects. They affect most of the basic processes in your body including your temperature, heart rate and breathing. They also stimulate the reward centres in your brain. Uppers flood your…Read More
November 12, 2015
Private online support for addicts
If you use cocaine and are over 18, you may be eligible to participate in a program that trains you to resist cocaine-related cues and provides you with coping skills. This project is web-based with an optional Skype session with the main researcher and six online training programs. Your identity throughout is completely anonymous. Here’s how you can access help: I Quit Cocaine (more…)Read More
August 29, 2015
Why teens are hitting the bottle
We came across this article from the Times LIVE, from the headline “Teenagers hitting the bottle to cope”, we knew it was vital that parents know (and have the skills) to help their teens – please pay attention. (more…)Read More