Addiction doesn’t just happen in a vacuum or one day you just become addicted without any precursor. We became addicted because of… certain traits we have as addicts, which may have been inherited from our ancestors, or were predisposed to in our genetic make-up.
Evidence-based treatment or practices (EBTs/EBPs) are treatments that have been researched academically. They have been scientifically proven effective and replicated by more than one investigation or study.
A sober companion is somebody who is watching the addict when he/she is not in treatment.
Is sexual addiction an illness worthy of any diagnosis? In the field of mental health, it is still a controversial issue.
Recovery is about dispatching or sending the ego off. This will involve learning to be humble and patient with the self and others. It means replacing a life of fear for a life of love.
In recovery, we learn how to overcome barriers to communication. It's like learning how to talk once again.
Resentment is to feel a feeling again. Anger kept long enough breeds resentment. It’s the obsession of an angry moment repeated time without number.
A Sober Living setting is supposed to provide those who have left treatment with adequate structure, social support, and stability to face the world outside the walls of the rehab facility.
A dopamine agonist is a compound that activates dopamine receptors in the absence of that receptor’s physiological transmitter.
You have the same issues on pain with the necessity for relief, like the rest of humanity. How do clinicians go about prescribing drugs to recovering addicts? How do we also overcome this controversy so that you can live pain-free?
Delirium Tremens (DT) is a state of hallucinating, sweating unusual amounts (diaphoresis), fast heartbeat (tachycardia), hyperthermia, hypertension and agitation as a result of abstaining from alcohol over a period of time.
Working out, going to the gym, pumping iron, yoga, Tai-Chi, martial arts, going for a run, a walk, crossfit classes, sports of any kind: take your pick!
Solace Sabah is a collaborative partner and speaker at the “7th International Conference on Addictive Disorders and Alcoholism” during July 03-04, 2017 at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
It is therapy based on associating unpleasant feelings or consequences with a particular pleasurable behavior, which has been deemed undesirable.
Xanax is the trade name for the drug, “Alprazolam”, which is one of the drugs categorically known as Benzodiazepines.
Is addiction caused by drug abuse? Is it caused by behaviors gone out of hand? Not so!
Gaming addiction is a legitimate illness as it contains within it the neurochemistry of addiction.
Writing a daily journal is one fine way of being honest and transparent. In early recovery, there could be many reasons why you would not want to open up to others due to fear, shame, anger, and sadness.
Recovery is a period of experimenting what works well for an individual. These experiments take on many forms; one of which is the alcoholic retreating to non-alcoholic beverages to soothe the sorrows of “not drinking”.
The word “Quaaludes”, which is a brand name for Methaqualone is a portmanteau for the phrase “quiet interlude”.
Many in early recovery relapse over the inability to deal with anxiety as and when it arises.
Giving up drugs does not necessarily mean giving up smoking – The Perspective of Smokers in Recovery.
Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver and alcoholic hepatitis is a liver disorder caused by the overconsumption of alcohol.
Solace Sabah explains what is PAWS and how it affects one in Recovery.
To teach and empower students of Sri Emas International School to make a choice and a difference.
Religions predispose people to codependence due to its theology, dogma, and organizational structure. Yet, once people can make the decision to be fruitful, honest, loving, and caring over the demands of their respective religions, their practice of religion, may in fact, ennoble them to be better human beings.
Facts Every Recovering Addict Needs to Know: “Stinking thinking” is a colloquial term for cognitive distortions. They are a set of negative thoughts and beliefs about a particular situation, which in the long run makes life unmanageable without some kind of panacea.
The widespread use of the serenity prayer can be found in all 12-step programs. One would find that meetings usually start with the prayer and end with it.
The Colombo Plan, working in partnership with Asian Cities Against Drugs and Melaka Historical City Council.
First Ever International Addiction Conference on the Island of Borneo.
Meth, Crack Cocaine, Marijuana, and eating disorders have also contributed to oral illnesses. Tooth decay, gingivitis, and other chronic oral infections await the unwary addict in recovery. This is because dental illnesses may still pervade long after sobriety is achieved.
Rock bottom is said to be the pit of despair, in which devastation is so total that the only way is up and out of it.
Dry drunk is a condition wherein someone who has been sober from either alcohol, drugs, or other addictions are no longer enthused by their recovery.
The word “anhedonia” is Greek for “without delight”. It is a condition in which the capacity of experiencing pleasure is totally/partially lost.
Acamprosate or branded as Campral is a prescribed medication to help alcoholics initiate sobriety from active addiction
In 1881, Carl Wernicke discovered an acute neurological dysfunction caused by thiamine deficiency (lack of Vitamin B1) in 3 patients, who had died due to this disorder.
At Solace, we describe what is Mindfulness and quell myths that surround it.
The Legal Peril: Prescription Drugs – The Cure or The Curse?
Trauma is a deeply disturbing and distressing experience, which can have severe emotional repercussions later in life.
If experiencing relapse is good for continual growth in recovery, why is it viewed as a failure in the process? What exactly happens after a relapse?
Harm Reduction - The Singapore and Malaysia perspective.
An explanation of the use of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.
An informative article from Solace on how to get high - without drugs.
Albeit true, markets are unpredictable and putting one’s happiness in the lap of unpredictability is just asking for trouble.
Many addicts are choosing to have their treatment for addiction in Thailand. For just a couple of minutes, read on and ponder why Thailand shouldn’t be the place of choice for treatment from addiction.
Triggers are the stimuli that make an addict want to use again. They originate from the addict’s memory in active addiction. Triggers can be any sensation: sights, sounds, smells and touch. At an emotional level, triggers could be: anger, sadness, depression, anxiety and fear to name a few. Spiritually, or in essence triggers happen due to a lack of serenity and connection in one’s life.
Active addiction with all its perks and pleasures. Getting high and wasted. Why would anyone who is satisfied with that blissful existence want to change? That was how I thought 2 years ago, but using did not deliver one thing – Life.