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Scary Effects of Yaba, ‘Crazy Drug’ are Spreading

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Last year, a Bangladeshi girl named Oishee (a Yaba addict) killed her parents – which in turn – has shed some light on the growing drug problem in Bangladesh.

Yaba is the slang word for methamphetamine, or meth. In Thai, the word translates literally into ‘crazy drug’ which seems like a particularly good name – as Oishee’s case is not alone. Fashion designer Gianni Versace was murdered in 1997 by a meth-addict, and Timothy McVeigh, who was involved in the Oklahoma bombing, claims to have been under the influence of meth during the incident. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. When it comes to violent acts committed under the influence of Yaba, the list is long.

Here, more effects of the ‘crazy drug’ Yaba, and how the rise in the drug’s use is affecting Bangladesh.

Read full article here: The inevitable downside felt by Yaba addicts

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Overcoming a Gambling Addiction


The National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) in the United States reports that between 5.4 and 8.1 million Americans meet the criteria for gambling addiction as outlined by the American Psychiatric Association.

However, in 2010 Asia surpassed Europe to become the world’s largest gambling territory – accounting for 31% of the $390 billion global gambling market according to Global Betting and Gaming Consultants (GBGC). This report only calculated the value of the regulated markets – if the value of the gambling industries in countries where gambling is illegal were to be calculated -  such as China, Thailand, India and Indonesia – it would be safe to presume the figure would go well over 50%. Firstly because of the huge populations in these countries. Secondly because of the flourishing illegal gambling industries in these countries, which constantly make headlines but that authorities can never suppress. Sadly, this leaves us with almost no official data on the number of gambling addicts in Asia.

If, however, you feel your or a loved one’s gambling is becoming a problem here is a good article on how to spot an addiction with recommendations on ways to overcome it. As a professional rehab centre, who has seen how direly gambling addiction can affect clients and their families, The Cabin advises that the sooner you take action the better your chance is at recovery.

http://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-overcome-a-gambling-addiction-2014-2

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How China is tackling its latest pandemic – Internet Addiction

We commend China for realizing the gravity of internet addiction and officially classifying it as a “clinical disorder” but replacing the time addicts spent logged on with boot-camp training without the appropriate psycho-treatment methods as documented in Web Junkies is like providing detox services minus therapy and usually results in relapse instead of recovery.

Internet addiction is worrying China. Boot camp-style correctional facilities hope to deprogram those who live in online worlds. Source: Supplied

Read More: http://www.news.com.au/technology/online/inside-the-secret-chinese-camps-curing-internet-addiction/story-fnjwnhzf-1226806932466

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Appalling situation of Asian state-run rehabs revealed

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Recently state-run drug rehabilitation facilities in Asian countries like China and Cambodia have come under fire for their inhumane living conditions and torturous treatment of “inmates” – centers where addicts and other petty criminals are incarcerated and subjected to hard labour, physical and sexual abuse. Not only is this a gross violation of human rights but in terms of treatment, completely ineffective as addiction is classified a disease of the brain that needs to be dealt with on a psychological level and all governments need to take this into consideration if they ever want to win their war against drugs.

http://www.todayonline.com/chinaindia/china/china-labour-camps-now-known-drug-rehab-centres?page=1

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/384070/hrw-urges-cambodia-to-shut-unjust-detention-centres

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UK’s Drug War May be Better Fought as a Health Issue says Richard Branson

Billionaire entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson who sits on the Global Commission on Drug Policy believes that the UK would be more successful in its campaign against drugs if it tackled the problem as a health issue rather than a criminal offense. We think this approach would be effective, if adopted,  on a discriminatory basis,  by the governments in Asia and the Middle East  as well as by the rest of the countries in this world that choose to blanketly criminalise the issue.

http://metro.co.uk/2013/09/25/richard-branson-the-war-on-drugs-doesnt-work-and-decriminalisation-is-the-answer-4101992/

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Australian Footballer Gavin Crosisca’s Battle with Addiction

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COLLINGWOOD 1990 premiership star Gavin Crosisca

In September, a former Australian Football League icon-turned coach, Gavin Crosisca, admitted on national television his addiction to cannabis, amphetamines, and alcohol and revealed how he’d get high on marijuana practically every night of his 25-year sports career  before eventually being put in treatment by his wife.

According to Alastair Mordey Programme Director at The Cabin Rehab Centre, “The debate about the pros and cons of marijuana use is long standing. Some people can maintain use at socially acceptable levels, however those with the underlying disease of addiction, such as Gavin, will become addicted. Gavin talks about being restless, irritable and dissociated when younger and struggling to obtain enjoyment from normal activities, these are all the symptoms of the underlying disease.”

Here is Gavin’s interview on Australia’s Sunday Night Show
http://au.news.yahoo.com/sunday-night/video/watch/19050783/footy-legends-drug-secret-part-1/

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Addictive Personality and Alcohol / Drugs: Fact or Fiction

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There has been a growing interest whether or not there is such a thing as an addictive personality. Although this question is hard to give a precise answer, there are many ways to examine it.

Doctors and researchers alike are working hard to provide an explanation on why people use, abuse, and become addicted to drugs and alcohol. They have come up with reasons such as, genetics, experiencing a traumatic event, and certain psychological traits that attribute to an individual’s personality. Some experts have suggested that because some addicts share similar personality traits, there may be such a thing as an addictive personality.

What is an Addictive Personality?

An addictive personality is various personality traits that are thought to make an individual person predisposed to an addiction. People who have an addictive personality are not only at risk for developing an addiction to drugs or alcohol, but they are also highly at risk for becoming addicted to food, shopping, exercise, gambling, sex, etc. It is possible for the person to switch from one addiction to another or to become addicted to multiple things at one time. An individual is considered to be at risk for developing an addiction when he or she displays various signs.

Signs of an Addictive Personality

Impulsive Behavior: The person may seem to dramatically jump from various emotions and change their opinions or way of thinking.
High Stressed: They may seem to become easily stressed. What may seem like ‘no big deal’ may seem like it is the end of the word to this person.
Difficulty Socializing: The person may have a hard time talking to other people or going to public events.
Against Conformity: The individual may be against things that are considered to be ‘the norm’ in society.

The Argument

The problem is that many people have the above signs and are not addicted to anything. So while there may be certain personality traits that many addicts display, there are almost always various underlying factors. Some researchers believe that addiction is genetic and others believe it comes from a person’s childhood; what exactly causes it is still not 100% known.

Understanding the Why’s

When one is trying to understand a drug or alcohol addiction, they must be able to understand the different reasons why a person would want to use drugs or alcohol in the first place. There are of course some people who are simply curious; they get high once or maybe a few times and then never use again.

It is the people who turn to drugs or alcohol as an escape that have the biggest chance of developing an addiction; an escape from physical, mental, or emotional pain. Drugs and alcohol ‘kill’ mental, emotional, and even physical pain. A person may begin to use drugs because they are recovering from an injury and are prescribed addicting opiates, have lost a loved one and are using antidepressants to ‘forget’, working long hours and are smoking meth to stay up, etc. There are numerous reasons as to why people turn to drugs or alcohol, but many professionals would agree that it is not simply an individual’s personality. Professionals working in the drug and alcohol field suggest that pain can make a person susceptible to an addiction. Once a person begins to use drugs or alcohol, the actual cravings can cause personality traits of an addiction.

Lack of Control

If there was any one personality trait that could contribute to a drug or alcohol addiction, it could be the struggle with control. There are many people that are unable to control themselves. For example, some people cannot go out to a bar and have just one beer, they are unable to control themselves and end up drinking too much. When a person is unable to control themselves, they are at a higher risk for developing an addiction over time.

Conclusion, Each Addict is Different

Physical, mental, or emotional pain can cause an addiction. The cravings that a person develops when addicted can cause the individual to behave differently and change their personality. A lack of self control may be a factor in a drug or alcohol addiction. All in all, each and every person is different. This means that each and every reason for a drug or alcohol addiction will be different; even if it is only a little different.

It should be noted that there are certain personality disorders that can make a person more prone to compulsive behavior, but a small percentage of addicts have this. While there may be personality traits that many addicts share, it does not necessarily mean that these traits are the ‘sole cause’ of an addiction; one must also consider the other struggles and difficulties that the addict is going through.

There is Help

If you or someone you know has an addiction to drugs or alcohol, please contact The Cabin Chiang Maitoday.

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