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Teens taking ‘smart pills’ are not making a smart move – demystifying 4 common myths.

Studying for examinations can be a daunting experience for many, resulting in ‘creative’ manners to tackle this encounter. Students in recent years have resorted to smart pills to cope with the stress and academic overload. The following case study illustrates a case of smart pill consumption by a student name Jo (real name not used for privacy purposes). Jo (not his real name), is a second-year university student trying hard to keep up his grades while studying from his apartment home during the Covid-19 pandemic. In addition, he had to start work to help his mother support their family, including…

Breaking down nicotine addiction; 4 key elements

Nicotine replacement therapy is a viable strategy to quit smoking CIGARETTE smoking is a public health concern in Malaysia. According to the Health Ministry, up to one in five Malaysian adults are current smokers. It is estimated that 4.8 million Malaysians aged 15 years and above currently smoke; so are they experiencing nicotine addiction? Cigarette smoking remains the leading cause of preventable diseases and premature death worldwide. The annual global death toll due to smoking is four million, and is expected to rise to a staggering 10 million by 2030. In Malaysia, almost one in two of current smokers made…

Understanding addictions and treatments

SUBSTANCE misuse is an enduring social problem leading to various forms of addictions. According to the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention, over 81,000 drug overdose deaths occurred in the US in the past 12 months – the highest number ever recorded. Meanwhile, the United Kingdom’s Office of National Statistics recorded a sharp increase in alcohol-related fatalities during and after the first Covid-19 lockdown, up 16.4%. During Malaysia’s first movement control order (MCO) that began in March last year, about 3,923 people were detained for drug-related offences within the first month. As isolation co-exists with addiction, the MCOs…

Investment and trading can lead to addiction; 6 reasons why.

Why can this happen? Investments, shares and futures – what’s the big deal? What’s wrong with a bit of trading? After all, for most, life is about having enough money and savings for a better life, right? Albeit true, markets are unpredictable and putting one’s happiness in the lap of unpredictability is just asking for trouble. Addiction can arise from just about anything one does to become happy rather than just being happy from within or out of being satisfied with what is. In the case of investing or trading, here is why people who do so have a higher…

Anatomy of addiction.

In the old days – addiction meant to be devoted to someone – until addictive substances like alcohol and other drugs were discovered. Alcohol was consumed since the Neolithic period (10,000 B.C) and this is confirmed by archaeologists who discovered jugs used to ferment ingredients. Today, it is a 1 trillion US Dollar industry worldwide, with Beer being the most popular drink after water and tea. One of the most important reasons for these substances to even exist is the human urge to alter one’s consciousness. It is as primary as the drive to satiate thirst, hunger or sexual desire,…

Gaming addiction; 9 characteristics proving its real.

Early in September last year, in Bangalore – India’s Silicon Valley, a “Technological de-addiction clinic” opened up in the city’s premier mental hospital. This, being a most recent trend in de-addiction services shows that people are concerned with getting treatment from behavioural attachments to their latest electronic marvels such as the latest smartphones and computers. A subset of technological addiction, comes a behavioural addiction spurned with controversy since the inception of electronic entertainment – gaming addiction! There are forums online devoted to this debate: Is it a legitimate illness deserving of proper treatment or is it simply an act of…

“Natural high” – 9 ways on how you can get it back

Active addiction was a time when getting high was the most important need. However, the means to which one got high was highly external and superficial. Drugs and alcohol are addictive because they replicate neuro-chemicals that are already present within the body. The only problem is that when we use external chemicals, the appreciation as well as functionality of the internal chemicals becomes highly impaired. This causes addiction because the power of chemical regulation has shifted from the natural system of neurochemistry to the unnaturally self-controlled addiction to dangerous substances. How do we get back the “natural high”, which are…

4 forms of internet addiction

As a followup to last week’s blog post, now that you know about internet addiction, let’s dive deeper into a few of the different subtypes. Since some are less known than others, it’s important to know about all forms of an internet addiction to more readily identify if you or someone you love is struggling with one of these and seek professional help as soon as possible.  1. Video Game Addiction: ‍Perhaps you’ve heard it said of a teenage boy “he’s addicted to video games” and thought this was an exaggeration. This compulsion to play games via a screen can…

Why do people consume drugs?

How simple a question! Why would anyone consume drugs? Well, there it ends. I was reading a Time magazine post about how Kay Warren, an American woman, fought drug use in her family. It is a horrible tale. Her younger brother fell prey to heroin addiction and pretty much lost everything. Then it took tons and tons of forgiveness, love and courage by that family to reclaim his life. He was virtually dragged back from hell leaving a trail of destruction and awe. It set me thinking, and I began to search for more details: after all, I am an…

What is aversion therapy?

What is Aversion Therapy? What happens when you have food poisoning? Often enough when faced with the meal that was responsible for food poisoning with a bout of nausea, or even vomiting; chances are you are not going to eat it again. Well, aversion therapy works pretty much the same way. In fact, it even applies the same process of feeling nauseous and vomiting; except with the intention to eradicate strong desires for undesirable behavior. So what is aversion therapy? It is  therapy based on associating unpleasant feelings or consequences with a particular pleasurable behavior, which has been deemed undesirable. Aversion…

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