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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.

Harmful Effects of Brown Sugar

Brown Sugar or Smack is the adulterated form of Heroin. Because Heroin is so expensive it is adulterated with many things like talcum powder, lactose and many-many other things to increase its bulk. Pure Heroin is white in color but because of adulteration the color changes to brown and since lactose or glucose is a common adulterant the name Brown Sugar came about. Heroin is made from opium and opium comes from the poppy plant. Poppy plant has very beautiful flowers and at the base there is a pod called ‘dodha’. A cut is given at the base of the flower and the milky juice that exudes from it is allowed to turn black on exposure to air. This is then scraped off and becomes raw opium. Opium is called the mother of all drugs as many medicines are made from it. It has been used as a medicine since ancient times.

Opium and all its products including Brown Sugar are highly addictive. This is the main drawback of opiates. The addiction liability is very very high. In toxicology opium is classified as a somniferous poison.

The common opiates which are abused are raw opium, heroin and brown sugar, cough syrups containing codeine, Spasmoproxyvon capsules containing dextropropoxypene,  morphine and pethidine, fentanyl etc.

Opiate addiction has reached epidemic proportions in the U.S. and thousands of people die because of overdose. There the most common opiates are prescription based.

The most prominent effect of opiates is euphoria. This effect is what makes the opiates so addictive. Even though there is rapid tolerance to this effect, i.e., a person stops feeling euphoria after a few times but the brain remembers it and the person keeps on taking it because of euphoric recalls. During the withdrawals there is intense dysphoria.

The next effect is analgesia or pain relief. Opiates are still considered the gold standard as far as pain relief is concerned because not only do they increase the pain threshold but also modify the emotional reaction to pain. During withdrawals there is bone pain and because of this the addict goes back to using his substance again.

There is vomiting initially because smack stimulates the chemo receptor trigger zone in the brain resulting in vomiting of central origin. It is effortless and projectile. In contrast the alcoholic retches and his vomit is not projectile. But the body soon becomes tolerant to this effect and vomiting ceases. There can be vomiting during withdrawals as well.

One effect which remains constantly is constipation. The smack or heroin addict is perpetually constipated. The person never becomes tolerant to this effect. The constipation is because of three reasons. All the sphincters go into a spasm thereby reducing the propulsion of food. The secretion of all the digestive juices is reduced causing constipation and the speed of peristalsis is also reduced. All contributing to constipation. During withdrawals there are loose motions.

Another organ which never becomes tolerant is the pupils of the eye. They become constricted and are typically described as pin-point. During withdrawals they dilate.

Under the influence of opiates the blood vessels dilate resulting in excessive sweating. During withdrawals there is piloerection and cold sweats are common.

Opiates suppress all secretions and during withdrawals they are reflexively increased.

All this is taught in medical inputs at Sahyog and that is why it is the Best Rehabilitation 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 by far. At Sahyog there is proper treatment of alcoholism and addiction. As part of treatment patients are taught to live life without the use of chemicals. This is a very important part of Recovery. Recovery does not mean that there will be no problems in life. It is just that what ever problems occur we are able to handle them better and in a more effective manner. The patients have to be aware of what they are doing and the consequences they will face. At the first sign of a problem, they can acknowledge that something is wrong and take action to correct it. They have to learn how to solve problems without the use of chemicals. Patients have to learn that they have to learn to think, feel and then act. Just because they feel something does not mean that they have to act on it. They can use their intellect to determine their emotions and behavior. If they face a problem, they can look within their self to see if they have any unresolved feelings such as anger, guilt or shame that might interfere with their finding a solution to their problem. Having identified their feelings, they can begin to resolve them and pursue the solution to their problem rationally.

All this is explained in detail 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

Sahyog Detox and De addiction Clinic is the Best De addiction Center in Delhi for many reasons. At Sahyog proper and complete treatment of alcoholism and addiction is done.

After addiction and alcoholism is treated the patients come into Recovery. The goal of Recovery is to improve ones relationships. Relationship with self, others and the God of your understanding. A big part is to learn to function well in family and intimate relationships at work and with friends and to handle the ordinary ups and downs of life.

As part of Recovery, people have to achieve a healthy and well balanced family and intimate life and are able to communicate openly and honestly with the people they love. If they are in a close relationship, their needs for intimacy, affection, closeness and sex are met. They are able to let others know who they are, including their strengths and weaknesses.

After treatment, people have to evaluate their careers, attempt to repair any damage done and create plans for meaningful and satisfying ways to earn a living. They have to have a positive relationship with people at work and be in a secure and satisfying job. If they are out of work the priority should be to look for work to bring structure in their life and feel good about oneself as a productive member of society. To get along with bosses they must learn to follow instructions. To get along with peers, they need to learn how to cooperate.

A part of balanced social life includes a network of friends, family and associates. It is important to have a positive relationship with a variety of people. Alone time is also needed and developing new interests or old hobbies is also essential. To know oneself is also important.

Handling the ups and downs of life is also important. We have to learn to live life on life’s terms and not our own. In life sometimes you are the pigeon, sometimes you are the statue.

All this is explained to patients 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

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.

Detoxification Centre in Delhi

Best Rehabilitation Center in Delhi

Sahyog Detox and De addiction Clinic is the Best Rehabilitation Center in Delhi for a variety of reasons, main one being that it offers proper and complete treatment of alcoholism and addiction. As part of their treatment the patients are asked the question why do they use alcohol and drugs? What do they want to get out of it? What do alcohol and drugs do for them? Surprisingly, most people answer in one of the eight options :-                           To get high                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                To relax                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      To be more social                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       To manage feelings                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   To get more energy                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   To block out pain                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       To be more spiritual                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   To have better sex

Some want to feel euphoria and that is why they want to get high. Some people feel good when start using alcohol and drugs, in fact, they feel better than they have ever felt before. After a while, euphoria becomes the feeling they need to have – the feeling they become willing to do just about anything to get.

The phenomenon of euphoria – plus tolerance explains why some people progress to more frequent and heavier use of their drug of choice, and eventually develop progressive addiction.

If you are addicted and do not like the way you feel then relief is just a swallow away. This drug induced sense of power is a false sense of power. You are no stronger, tougher or more competent than you were before. You just feel like you are.

Most drug induced spiritual experiences are not genuine.

Alcohol does increase the desire for sex but takes away the performance.

All this is explained in detail to patients at Sahyog and that is why it is the Best Rehabilitation Center 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.

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Best Nasha Mukti Kendra in Delhi

Sahyog Detox and De addiction Clinic is the Best Nasha Mukti Kendra in Delhi by a long margin. It is the Best Nasha Mukti Kendra in Delhi for a variety of reasons, mainly, it offers complete and proper treatment of alcoholism and addiction.

As part of treatment the patients need to realize that their addiction was destructive. They were damaged as a result of it physically, psychologically, socially and spiritually. After admission, the physical health starts improving, but many are still subject to fatigue and exaggerated reactions to stress. They may still be angry, depressed, anxious, suspicious of others, unable to trust. For many, their marriage is a mess, their jobs are in trouble and their social circles have become alcohol and drug centered. They have few sober friends. To stabilize, they need measures to hold their current life together. It is difficult to move ahead with recovery while their job is in jeopardy, they are on a verge of a divorce or they are about to be arrested or they are about to go broke or bankrupt. Short term stabilization means that they learn to put a bandage on the major problems of life. This is what we call  turn it over. They many not be able to fix them completely, but they can learn to take action to assure that catastrophic consequences do not occur.

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