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What are Central Nervous System Depressants? How does it work?

Central nervous system or CNS depressants are chemicals that slow down brain activity.

Virtual Drug Deals - The cyber danger

Drugs can be purchased just about anywhere and by any means. It is not simply sold by scrawny, suspicious, dirty-looking street-peddlers, as the old cliché would depict them as.

Binge Eating Treatment

There are a number of treatment options available for Binge Eaters to overcome the problem of binge eating.

Treatment for Hashish Addiction

Hash or hashish is a drug made from the same substance as marijuana. It contains THC (delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol). As a result of that, it has acute addictive and withdrawal effects.

Trauma as cause for addiction

Survivors of trauma will thus suffer from post-traumatic stress illness (PTSI). PTSI is a comorbidity among addicts. This means that addicts could be suffering PTSI alongside addiction.

Cocaine Addiction and Treatment

In seeking that "high", cocaine use develops into an addiction due to tolerance. The damage results when cocaine replaces everything in life. At this point, the addict will need treatment to recover from cocaine addiction.

Tramadol Addiction Treatment at Solace Sabah

Tramadol functions as an opioid analgesic. It's a painkiller. It releases opioids such as endorphins into the user. Dependency to the drug can cause lifelong addiction.

Common symptoms and behavior of addiction

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.

What is Evidence-Based Treatment (EBT)?

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.

Who is a sober companion at Solace Sabah?

A sober companion is somebody who is watching the addict when he/she is not in treatment.

Sexual Addiction - A Controversial Issue

Is sexual addiction an illness worthy of any diagnosis? In the field of mental health, it is still a controversial issue.

Recovery and Humility

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.

Overcoming Barriers to Communication in Recovery

In recovery, we learn how to overcome barriers to communication. It's like learning how to talk once again.

Coping With Resentments

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.

Sober Living - Does it help recovery?

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.

What are Dopamine Agonists?

A dopamine agonist is a compound that activates dopamine receptors in the absence of that receptor’s physiological transmitter.

Dealing with medication in recovery

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 and the Alcoholic

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.

How exercise aids in addiction recovery

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!

7th International Conference on Addictive Disorders and Alcoholism

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.

What is Aversion Therapy?

It is therapy based on associating unpleasant feelings or consequences with a particular pleasurable behavior, which has been deemed undesirable.

Xanax – Alprazolam abuse

Xanax is the trade name for the drug, “Alprazolam”, which is one of the drugs categorically known as Benzodiazepines.

What causes addiction?

Is addiction caused by drug abuse? Is it caused by behaviors gone out of hand? Not so!

Is Gaming Addiction Really an addiction?

Gaming addiction is a legitimate illness as it contains within it the neurochemistry of addiction.

4 Benefits of Journaling in Recovery

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.

Is Non-Alcoholic Beer Alright for Recovering Alcoholics?

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”.

I saw Quaaludes in Wolf of Wall Street - What is it?

The word “Quaaludes”, which is a brand name for Methaqualone is a portmanteau for the phrase “quiet interlude”.

How to deal with anxiety in recovery

Many in early recovery relapse over the inability to deal with anxiety as and when it arises.

Does Giving Up Drugs Mean giving up Smoking?

Giving up drugs does not necessarily mean giving up smoking – The Perspective of Smokers in Recovery.

Alcoholic Hepatitis – A Fatal Illness!

Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver and alcoholic hepatitis is a liver disorder caused by the overconsumption of alcohol.

Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS)

Solace Sabah explains what is PAWS and how it affects one in Recovery.

Community Service: Solace partners with Sri Emas International School

To teach and empower students of Sri Emas International School to make a choice and a difference.

Religion and Codependency

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.

Stinking Thinking in Recovery

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.

What is the serenity prayer?

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.

7th ASCAD International Conference and Workshop in Melaka, Malaysia

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.

MHAC Conference 2016

Solace Sabah at MHAC 2016 at Universiti Malaya.

Dentistry in Recovery: The Importance of Assessing dental health.

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.

What is “Rock Bottom” – Is it a Destination?

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 Syndrome: What is 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.

Spiritual Awakening

Spiritual Awakening: Is it a must to get enlightened in recovery?

Addictive Personality

The Inner Addiction – An Addictive Personality.

Am I an Addict?

Here are some clues for figuring if one is an addict or not from Solace Sabah.

Anhedonia – The Secret Killer.

The word “anhedonia” is Greek for “without delight”. It is a condition in which the capacity of experiencing pleasure is totally/partially lost.

Acamprosate – The Alcoholic’s Gateway to Abstinence!

Acamprosate or branded as Campral is a prescribed medication to help alcoholics initiate sobriety from active addiction

What is the Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome (WKS)?

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.

Is mindfulness a religious or spiritual practice?

At Solace, we describe what is Mindfulness and quell myths that surround it.

Prescription Drugs – The Cure or The Curse?

The Legal Peril: Prescription Drugs – The Cure or The Curse?

How Childhood Trauma Affects Addiction

Trauma is a deeply disturbing and distressing experience, which can have severe emotional repercussions later in life.

What happens after Relapse

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 in the South East Asian Context

Harm Reduction - The Singapore and Malaysia perspective.

What is the DSM-V?

An explanation of the use of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

Getting Back The “Natural High”

An informative article from Solace on how to get high - without drugs.

Why is program completion rate a wrong measure for rehab success?

When rehabs are in denial.

Why people who invest or trade have a higher risk of addiction or becoming addicts.

Albeit true, markets are unpredictable and putting one’s happiness in the lap of unpredictability is just asking for trouble.

Five Reasons Not to choose a rehab in Thailand.

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.

What are triggers?

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.

The Benefits of being Clean and Sober from addiction

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.

An Addiction Rehab Destination for Singaporeans

Why Singaporeans choose Solace Sabah

Anatomy of Addiction

The Origins of Addiction

Denial Breaking