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Harmful Effects of Alcohol

Since one blog is insufficient to list all the harmful effects of alcohol this is in continuation of the previous blog. In the previous blog I had listed all the harmful effects of alcohol on the Central Nervous System. But since alcohol is drunk the most harmful effects are on the gastrointestinal tract. However, I have seen one patient who used to inject alcohol when he was unable to drink it because of vomiting, but that was an exception. Mostly alcohol is drunk, In the esophagus or food pipe it causes heartburn, which has got nothing to do with the heart but a burning sensation in the chest because of acid reflux from the stomach. Because of alcohol the cardiac sphincter of the stomach becomes loose and the acid present in the stomach is able to come into the mouth also. The lining of stomach is used to this concentrated Hydrochloric acid but the lining of the food pipe is not and it literally gets burnt as a result of the acid reflux causing pain in the chest called heartburn. There may be sour eructations also present. Because of vomiting alcohol can also cause Mallory Weiss Syndrome which is nothing but a tear in the mucosa of the food pipe and is a medical emergency. In the stomach, it causes an increase in the secretion of Hydrochloric acid. In fact to diagnose acholorydia – a condition in which there is a congenital absence of the secretion of Hydrochloric acid, a little alcohol is given through the nasogastric tube to ascertain the diagnosis. The increased acid may cause gastritis.  Small quantities of alcohol increase the appetite but large quantities can suppress it totally. Some alcoholics only drink and I frequently see patients who have not eaten for days. The next main organ to suffer from the harmful effects of alcohol is the pancreas. Pancreas are an important organ of digestion and glucose metabolism. It has an endocrine part which secrete insulin and glucagon and an exocrine part which secretes digestive juices to digest proteins and fats. Acute pancreatitis is a very painful condition and one of the main causes is alcohol intake. It is not dose dependent,i.e., if a person is a heavy drinker it is not that it is more likely to occur. It can occur even in moderate drinkers. Repeated attacks of acute pancreatitis can lead to chronic pancreatitis which can lead to diabetes due to the scarring of the pancreas. There is a condition called acute hemorrhagic pancreatitis in which the pancreas burst and all the secretions go into the abdomen. It is the most painful condition known to medical science. The digestive juices of the pancreas start digesting the lining of the abdomen from inside. It is as if a piece of metal is being eaten by acid corrosion. It is a medical emergency in which the pain is the most important feature. On a scale of 1-10, if the pain of a lady giving birth for the first time is 9 then the pain of acute hemorrhagic pancreatitis is 10. The pain is so severe that the person goes into shock because of the pain itself. Alcohol can cause or aggravate IBS, i.e., irritable bowel syndrome. IBS is a chronic and debilitating disease which can be quite uncomfortable. But the organ most affected by alcohol intake is the liver. Liver is a very important organ doing a lot of functions which are essential for good health. It is a well known fact that the liver of alcoholics gets affected in a bad way. You don’t have to be a doctor to know that. But liver has tremendous capacity to heal itself also. If in a healthy person you cut off the entire liver and leave a matchbox size portion, it will grow back, provided you don’t insult it on a daily basis by drinking alcohol. The condition which occurs in liver because of drinking is called cirrhosis. There are many causes of cirrhosis but alcoholic liver disease is chief cause of cirrhosis. Cirrhosis is a morphological diagnosis, that is to say, the diagnosis is made by observing the liver. In olden days dead bodies were dissected to know about the anatomy of the body and its parts. They found that the liver of alcoholics was gnarled and lumpy and in many cases shrunk. These days we make the diagnosis ultrasonically.

All this is done in detailed medical inputs at Sahyog and that is why it is the Best Rehabilitation Center in Delhi.

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Harmful Effects of Marijuana

Marijuana or Cannabis or Ganja is the opening batsman, i.e., many people start using drugs from Marijuana. It has been made legal in many countries, not only for medicinal use but also for recreational use too. Many states in the U.S. now permit its use. That is not to say that it is harmless. It has got its own harmful effects. Many youngsters say that it is now legal, but then so is alcohol. And alcohol has been legal for such a long time and so many people suffer deleterious effects of alcoholism which cause so much morbidity and mortality.

Marijuana is derived from the hemp plant. It is commonly known as weed or grass. Cannabis indica and Cannabis sativa is the Latin name for the plant. Ganja is the flowering top of the plant. Hashish or Charas is the resinous extract of the plant and rest of the plant is called Bhang. Whatever the form, the active ingredient in all three is the same, namely, Tetrahydrocannibinol or THC in short. It grows wild in many parts of Asia and Americas and Africa. But people cultivate it now for their own personal use. Cultivation is also done since it has become legal. THC content has nearly doubled over the past few years as hybrid and high yielding varieties are now cultivated. It is most commonly smoked but it many also be eaten like Bhang or Hash Cookies etc. THC is the psychoactive chemical found in Marijuana.  While THC is not physiologically addictive it is definitely psychologically addictive as evidenced by the drug seeking behavior of addicts when they do not get their dose. It has no withdrawal symptoms except mild headache, insomnia or lack of appetite. Mood swings may also occur.

Pharmacological effect of THC is that it opens the gate at the level of the spinal cord which regulates the inflow of sensory information to the brain. As a result of this increased sensory input lot of people have this misconception that they become more artistic after consuming Marijuana. Colors seem more vivid and music also takes on a different sensory perception because of this. It is one of the few psychoactive substances which has no known lethal dose, that is to say you cannot die because of overdosing on Marijuana.

While it may not be lethal Marijuana is not without serious side effects. THC is a psychoactive substance and has been found in the fatty tissue of the brain even eight years after the person stopped using Marijuana. The most serious harmful effect of Marijuana is that it causes Amotivation Syndrome. The person who uses Marijuana lives in a dream world of his own and never gets down to actually doing the physical action required for work. It is an ideal nasha for two kinds of people, a king or a beggar. People who do not have to work in life. For everybody else it is a strict no-no, especially for addicts. With any substance there is use, misuse and then abuse. Abuse of Marijuana is very common. Very few people are able to use it and do their day to day work.

Next deleterious effect of Marijuana is that it is a “gateway drug”. People who use Marijuana are more likely to use other drugs also. It is as if weed is the opening batsman and the other substances follow soon after.

The most harmful effect of Marijuana is that it may cause Cannabis psychosis. It does not cause it in everyone who uses it but it is a distinct entity. It is not dose dependent, that is to say more use does not seem to increase the incidence but more of an allergic reaction. A single joint may flip a person. Anti-psychotics and total abstinence from Cannabis is required and the treatment is long drawn. Whether it causes psychosis itself or precipitates a preexisting underlying psychosis cannot be determined. But its accumulation in the fatty tissue of brain is well known.

So, Marijuana may be herbal but it is not without its harmful effects. If you were to come to know before a flight that the pilot has had a few joints of Cannabis, would you feel safe to fly in that flight? While it is better than most other intoxicants it is not safe for addicts and people who have to do some work or study in life.

All this is explained at Sahyog Detox and De addiction Clinic and that is why it is the Best Rehabilitation Center in Delhi.

 

Best Rehabilitation Center in Delhi

Sahyog Detox and De addiction Clinic is the Best Rehabilitation Center in Delhi by a long margin. At Sahyog proper treatment of alcoholism and addiction is done and how to recover from it is also explained in detail.

Addicts and alcoholics are basically self centered. Instead of having a relationship with others they have a relationship with their addictive Self. In Recovery the person has to practice “To thine own Self be True”. This is the beginning of Recovery: Self care and a relationship with Self. A practicing addict has a relationship between Self and the Addictive Self whereas a recovering addict has a relationship between Self and ohers.

Trust is the basis of any relationship. There cannot be any relationship if there is no trust. Whether the relationship is within oneself or with others. If a relationship is not based on trust it becomes a struggle. Trust allows us the ability to heal and the freedom to connect with others.

Reaching Out                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Once addicts begin to accept their disease, they are ready to form relationships outside of themselves. For this they must feel safe. Then a person reaches out to others. The addict can even reach out for help. He or she is able to challenge the inward flow of addiction. The addict may reach out to family, friends, a Higher Power or the community. Eventually he or she will form intimate relationships.

Spiritual Higher Power                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               In the beginning all seems lost.  Dealing with people seems frightening. The relationship with Self is too fragile. So, a relationship with a Spiritual Higher Power if often a logical choice.

Intimacy                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Addiction is more powerful than me but then so is Recovery. One is based on dishonesty and destruction while the other is based on care and honesty. Addicts in Recovery want to have intimate relationships with others. Addictive logic says people are not to be trusted. Recovering addicts change that and start by having intimate relationships first with other Recovering Addicts.

Honesty                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     The Recovering Addict sees other Recovering Addicts talk honestly about themselves. Even the bad things that they did without shame or guilt. Their honesty challenges the addictive belief system.

All this is taught in detail at Sahyog and that is why it is the Best Rehabilitation Center in Delhi.

Detoxification Centre in Delhi

Best Nasha Mukti Kendra in Delhi

Sahyog Detox and De addiction Clinic is the Best Nasha Mukti Kendra in Delhi for many reasons. It is the only center where complete and proper treatment of alcoholism and addiction is done.

As part of treatment denial of the patient needs to be broken. Denial is the chief symptom of alcoholism and addiction. Denial is used by them as a cover to protect their disease. In its simplest form denial is the lack of information. Patients experience symptoms they don’t understand, so they push them out of their thoughts. Denial becomes conscious suppression. They know they are experiencing something painful but they consciously push it from their mind because of shame, guilt or unwillingness to look at what is causing the pain. In its most severe form, denial becomes unconscious repression – chronically being unaware of the pain. They simply refuse to acknowledge the pain. As a result they experience painful and unwanted symptoms with no idea where they came from.

There are three levels of denial                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Mild denial – lack of information needed to understand what is happening.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Moderate denial – consciously pushing unwanted memories from mind.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Severe denial – unconsciously repressing the memory. Adverse symptoms are present when a person has no idea of what is causing the symptoms.

It is important for the patients to identify how they are denying the reality of their addiction. If the denial is not broken the person can go on drinking alcohol or using drugs till his or death bed and still say he or she doesn’t have a problem.

At Sahyog we help the patients to break their denial and that is why it is the Best Nasha Mukti Kendra in Delhi.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best De addiction Center in Delhi

Sahyog Detox and De addiction Clinic is the Best De addiction Center in Delhi. At Sahyog the patients are taught about the roots and causes of alcoholism and addiction.

Our society has a great influence on who we are and the issues we face as humans. All of us live within and are influenced by two major groups and cultures: our society and our families. We may not realize it but we imbibe many values that are consistent with addictive values.

Looking Out for Number One                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Our society is obsessed with number one. Being number two is not good enough. There is always the push to become number one. There is nothing wrong with striving and pushing ourselves to become better but in our society coming in first is valued. Being the best is prized above all else. As a society, we attach subtle shame to being anything less than number one. The truth is that all of us cannot be number one. Even those who are number one in some areas of their lives are not so in other areas. There is nothing wrong or shameful in being average but we  do not stress this in our society. The danger is that the obsession about being number one is an addictive value

Living for Outcome                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 As a society we are obsessed with outcomes. This is another addictive value. Addiction is all about the outcome. In this the process gets overlooked. If a person is not bothered about the process, he or she is overlooking or pushing his or her conscience aside. In pushing the conscience aside we learn to deny it. In learning denial one is learning how to be an addict. The way we achieve our goals is also important. So, it is how we act and not what we achieve is important. What matters is getting high, it doesn’t matter who gets stepped on.

Control                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Another addictive value that the society favors is control. We are expected to be in control at all times. An addict is a person who would rather be in control than being happy. Control is also about outcomes. If you are in control you should be able to control the outcome. To believe in absolute control is to chase an illusion. This will create pain within and around the person.

Perfection                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Another value that society fosters on us and is an addictive value is the belief in perfection. Society tells us to be perfect at any cost. Our obsession with the perfect body is an example of this. We don’t want to be healthy, we want to be perfect. Addiction is about chasing the myth of perfection, whether it is chasing the perfect body or chasing money. Some believe that any man should be able to make a lot of money. Perfection is a myth we use to beat ourselves and others. Striving to be perfect pushes us away from ourselves. It makes us machine like – beauty machine or money machine. The danger in chasing perfection is what happens to us when we realize that we are human, perfectly imperfect.

Lack of Genuine Relationships                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             We live in a fast paced, temporary society as a result there is a lack of emphasis on relationships. Relationships in our society seem to have taken a disposable quality.

Worshiping Objects                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                We are encouraged to accumulate as many objects as we can. Status is attached to these objects. It becomes more convenient to have relationships with object rather than people. But object can’t meet intimacy needs can not be met by objects. All this contributes to addiction. We treat people like objects and have relationship with the substance.

So, unknowingly, our society pushes many towards addictive values and it is very important to understand this. All this is done at Sahyog and that is why it is the Best De addiction Center in Delhi.

De Addiction Method

Best Nasha Mukti Kendra in Delhi

Sahyog Detox and De addiction Clinic is the Best Nasha Mukti Kendra in Delhi for many reasons. The most important being that it offers complete and proper treatment of alcoholism and addiction. As part of treatment the patients are explained the stages of addiction.

Addiction is a biopsychosocial disorder that passes through three predictable stages, Early, Middle and Chronic.

Early stage of addiction is characterized by a growing dependency on alcohol and other drugs. During this stage the addict is still able to enjoy his intake of alcohol and drugs and feel good. They still function well while under the influence of their drug of choice. His or her alcohol and drug use is still not causing any major problems. That is why he or she continues to drink alcohol or use drugs. As tolerance develops they start increasing the amount of substance they are consuming but still not have major problems in their life. Early stage addicts are viewed by other people as heavy drinker who can handle their booze and drugs better than most other people.

As addiction progresses, as it will invariably will as it is a progressive disorder, people will move into the middle stage of addiction. Middle stage is marked by a progressive loss of control over not only the amount of substance consumed but also their behavior. They do not get into trouble every time they drink or use drugs but every time they get into trouble they are drinking or using drugs. At times they end up using more alcohol or drugs than they intended. Their judgement goes out of the window and they use for longer period than they had planned. Sometimes they miss important events and appointments because they lose track of time. They start doing things under the influence of alcohol and drugs they would never even consider doing while sober and therefore start feeling shame and guilt. A part of them thinks they should stop or at least cut back but a part of them remembers the good times they have had and the times they used without getting into any trouble. They start having trouble thinking clearly. Whenever the topic of alcoholism or addiction comes up they get uncomfortable, tell lies or change the topic. This is where denial begins and the addict or alcoholic starts avoiding people who give him/her sane advice and starts hanging out with people who do not question his or her alcohol or drug use. They might try to avoid it but reality does not go away.

Finally, the progression of addiction will take the alcoholic or addict into the late stages of addiction which is marked by progressive physical, psychological and social deterioration.  They start having alcohol and drug related health issues and they get sick. Psychologically they start falling apart. They feel shame and guilt about their alcohol and drug use and the things they do while under their influence. They push their well wishers away and even their drinking and drugging buddies and start isolating themselves. If their family and friends act concerned they brush them off, tell lies or tell them to mind their own business. They try to stop but can’t stay stopped. This destroys their self confidence and self worth. They start having problems at school or work. They also face increasing financial problems that can even cause them to steal or sell things. They also might start getting into legal trouble.

If they continue to use alcohol and drugs only three things can happen:-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             They can die a premature and a painful death                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Go to jail or mental asylum                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Go to a treatment facility

All this is explained to patients at Sahyog and that is why it is the Best Nasha Mukti Kendra in Delhi.

Substance Abuse Counselling

Best Nasha Mukti Kendra in Delhi

Sahyog Detox and De addiction Clinic is the Best Nasha Mukti Kendra in Delhi for a variety of reasons. The main reason being that at Sahyog proper and complete treatment of alcoholism and addiction is carried out. As part of treatment the roots of addiction are also explained to the patients.

One thing is certain –  no one starts drinking alcohol or using drugs because they want to become alcoholics or addicts or come to a treatment  facility in the future.  People do not wake up in the morning and say, “Gee! it is a beautiful day, let me get addicted.” This is not how it works. Addiction and alcoholism is a slow and insidious process. It sneaks up on people when they are not looking.

Whatever the reason for the first use, it may be peer pressure or just to have fun and try something new, the fact is that it makes the person feel good. He or she may not have liked the taste but the effect it has on us feels good and that gets etched on our minds. Alcohol or drugs make them feel better than they have ever felt before. Therefore, they continue to drink or use drugs – to keep on feeling good. They focus on having a good time and even if they have bad experiences they tend to push them out of their minds. This allows the disease of alcoholism and addiction to quietly sneak in through the back door. The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous describes addiction very well – it says that it is cunning, baffling and powerful. I myself couldn’t have said it better. Alcoholism and addiction come into our lives posing as a friend but soon become a monster that destroys our lives and those of those around us.

Getting addicted is a lot like receiving a baby mountain lion as a gift. Initially it is cute and cuddly but soon grows into a vicious animal that can maul us and destroy us and our lives. Addiction and alcoholism is a lot like a mountain lion, it starts as a cute and cuddly thing that brings a lot of fun and excitement into our lives but it soon grows into a vicious monster and begins to control our lives and slowly but surely destroys all the good there is in us and our lives.

All this is explained at Sahyog and that is why it is the Best Nasha Mukti Kendra in Delhi.

Detoxification Centre in Delhi

Best De addiction Center in Delhi

The Best De addiction Center in Delhi by far is Sahyog Detox and De addiction Clinic. It offers proper and complete treatment of alcoholism and addiction and all the associated morbidity is also dealt with.

After early recovery, the patients begin to repair the parts of their lives that were damaged due to their addiction and alcoholism. They evaluate their goals, examine their lives and make changes. It is not easy and it requires absolute honesty, but if they persist, it can bring new meaning, purpose and happiness into their lives. If you get hit by a truck, the paramedics would stop the bleeding, bandage you up and take you to the hospital for more intensive treatment. Recovery from chemical dependency works in a similar way. In transition, the patients have been hit by a truck called alcoholism  or addiction; in stabilization the bleeding is stopped; in early recovery they bandage their lives until they can get enough recovery under their belts to make serious, long term changes in their lives. These long term changes are what Middle Recovery is all about.

By the end of early recovery, most are involved in regular Twelve Step meetings and also in therapy. This time is used to put the bandages on our problems. They have to do what is necessary to make sure they don’t get fired, divorced, put in jail or go bankrupt. Their attention has to be on their number one priority – not drinking or using drugs –  one day at a time. They also learn skills necessary to stay clean and sober.Things begin to get better than they were during active addiction but there is still a great deal of work to be done.

All this is done at Sahyog and that is why it is the Best De addiction Center in Delhi.

Detoxification Centre in Delhi

Best Nasha Mukti Kendra in Delhi

The Best Nasha Mukti Kendra in Delhi is Sahyog Detox and De addiction Clinic by far. At Sahyog PROPER AND HOLISTIC TREATMENT OF ALCOHOLISM AND ADDICTION IS DONE. Addiction is a bio psycho social disorder. It is very similar to diabetes in that it is chronic and relapsing. Chronic means that it cannot be cured only controlled and relapsing means that even after giving it up for some length of time the person can go back to drinking alcohol or using drugs. It is probable that some people are genetically predisposed to alcoholism and addiction in that their body reacts differently to alcohol and drugs. It sets up the phenomenon of craving and the person is not able to guarantee how much he is going to drink of use or is not able to guarantee his behavior after drinking or using drugs. Alcoholism and addiction starts with moderate use at first but since it is a progressive disease the amount of substance keeps on increasing gradually. Also, there is progressive loss of control over behavior, thoughts and feelings. Alcoholism and addiction is a primary disease in that it is no caused by underlying psychological or emotional disorders or because the person comes from dysfunctional family. However, there is always some dysfunction in the family of the alcoholic or addict. People who have underlying psychological or emotional problems are more reluctant to seek treatment and may require more intensive treatment in order to recover.

All in all, Sahyog is the Best Nasha Mukti Kendra in Delhi.

Detoxification Centre in Delhi

Best Rehabilitation Center in Delhi

The Best Rehabilitation Center in Delhi is Sahyog Detox and De addiction Clinic located in Satbari, Chattarpur. It is the Best Rehabilitation Center for a number of reasons. The main being that it is run by a doctor who himself had problems with alcoholism and drug addiction and is now clean for more than 18 years thanks to following the 12 Step Program. The 12 Step Program is the most spiritual program known to man and is the program which we follow at Sahyog. It is a program to not only leave alcohol and drugs but also to become a better human being. All the sessions at Sahyog are based on the 12 Step Program only. The reading session is from the literature of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. The writing session is also based on the 12 Step Program. The questions are from the Step Working Guide of Narcotics Anonymous. The topics of the lecture are also based on the 12 Step Program. The aim of all the sessions is to make the person realize that the way he was using alcohol and drugs is wrong and it is in his own best interest to give it up. Because unless the person wants to give it up himself you and I cannot make him give up alcohol or drugs. The therapy at Sahyog is very holistic and deals with all aspects of alcoholism and addiction.

All in all, Sahyog is the Best Rehabilitation Center in Delhi.