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Can The Spiritual Buddhist Approach Turn The Tides Against Addiction?

When we think of Buddhism, we often associate it with the practice of letting go. For Buddhists, letting go of the different cravings for material things will bring them on a spiritual path towards escaping human suffering. Did you notice how apt it is to associate addiction recovery with Buddhist beliefs? After all, addiction thrives on the need to satisfy cravings. By stopping the cravings, we are stopping addiction right in its track. But how do you embark on the spiritual Buddhist approach for addiction recovery to keep you away from your next “fix”? Understanding the Difference between Embracing Buddhism and Embracing the Spiritual Buddhist Approach Embracing the spiritual Buddhist approach does not mean that you embrace Buddhism nor that you must be a practicing Buddhist. Though spirituality means different things to different people, we need to keep the religious faith separate from the act of developing spirituality. You can embark on a spiritual journey based on the values and directions it provides you, even without practicing the religion itself. Think about it, Buddha himself …

Gambling Addiction is Cause for Concern throughout Asia

Results from a 2012-2013 study in Thailand sponsored by Sodsri-Saridwongsa Foundation was released this month stating that approximately 500,000 university students took part in gambling – mostly football betting or playing cards – despite gambling being an illegal activity in the country. Among the gambling students was one case of a female student who was using money from her Student Loan Fund (SLF) to fuel her gambling addiction until she had no money left to pay her tuition and had to drop out of school. According to involved officials, there is reason to believe that she is not the only student using the SLF funds for gambling. According to Surachai Chupaka, a professor at Ramkhamhaeng University, many of the gambling students confessed that while they enjoyed gambling and it was often considered a fun activity, it also caused immense stress. In these cases, where gambling turns from a fun activity to a stressful one, it is likely that the person gambling has developed a gambling addiction. What is Gambling Addiction? In 2013, the fifth edition …

After Her Daughter’s Death, One Grieving Mother Wants to see a Change in Addiction Treatment and Education

Described by her mother as vibrant, witty and loving, Laura Mulley was not your ‘typical’ addict. Laura held down a respectable job at the University of California and enjoyed many hobbies in her spare time including writing, photography, and playing music. Just one week before Laura’s death which was caused by a lethal combination of drugs and alcohol, Laura’s mother, Linda, spent the weekend with her and noticed no visible signs of drug use or addiction. On the outside, Laura was living a good life, and according to her mother, Laura was excited about the direction that her life her was taking. It was not until after Laura’s death that Linda learned to what degree Laura was using drugs and alcohol. Laura fell into a pattern of using and quitting, using and quitting, (repeat) which can be just as harmful to one’s health as using on a daily or constant basis. But at the same time, the alcohol or drug addiction is less obvious to those on the outside – especially if they were to …


Your Spot to Compare Thai Rehabs

Thailand has long been known as a popular spot for medical tourism. From dentistry to plastic surgery, Thailand offers world-class medical care at just a fraction of the cost in western countries. And addiction treatment centres, or rehabs, are no different. The right Thai rehab facility can offer luxurious accommodation and world-class treatment programmes, but it is important to remember that now all drug rehabs Thailand has to offer are created equal. It is important to ask questions and get a full understanding of each available rehab centre before choosing the one that is best for you. Check out the ‘Compare Thai Rehabs’ website to compare rehab licensing, treatment programmes, facilities, medical support and more:


‘Digital Detox’ Centres Open in Japan for 500,000 Teens Addicted to the Internet

Internet addiction is a type of process addiction that is becoming increasingly common among youth. With internet access always available, regular internet use goes too far when users begin losing sleep, dropping grades at school, or even getting demoted or fired in the workplace because internet use has become more important than other aspects of life. In Japan, internet addiction is soaring with an estimated 500,000 teenagers presumably addicted to the net. From playing games, to interacting in online chat rooms or simply scrolling through Facebook, these activities can create negative effects when taken too far. Teens are dropping out of school, and in worst case scenarios internet addiction can result in violence and even death. Will this ‘digital detox’ centre be able to combat the growing problem? Find out more here: Japan Tries Online Detox

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Bali Drug Laws Unclear: Some Drug Offenders Executed, Others Not

Events in Indonesia over the last few years have resulted in an increase of focus and criticism on the laws regarding drug related crimes in the country. There have been calls from various international organisations and prominent leaders for Indonesia to address the inconsistencies and severity in the sentencing that has come up in the most recent cases in Bali. It has also created a hotly contested death penalty debate that has gone worldwide. The drug scene in Indonesia is one of great contradictions; Bali drug laws have one of the strictest policies with regards to drug possession and trafficking in the world, but it also has one of the highest cases of drug and alcohol abuse too. Indonesia’s size and proximity to the Golden Triangle, which is one of the biggest trafficking rings in the world and lies on the border of Laos, Myanmar and Thailand, make it an extremely difficult terrain to successfully manage the transportation of drugs in and out of its island borders. Bali’s Drug Laws Bali drug laws are harsh …

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UN: Little Progress Against Asia’s Booming Synthetic Drugs Trade

Synthetic drugs are once again in the spotlight in East and Southeast Asia. The UN has shared their growing concern over the production and distribution of synthetic drugs from the area. Recently, there have been several deaths around the world caused by young people taking ecstasy, or ‘Molly’, which they believed was pure MDMA – but instead, these pills are more and more frequently being made with synthetic chemicals. And, the majority of these often deadly chemicals are coming from Asia. Read on to find out how the UN will attempt to tackle this crisis:

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Violent Crimes in China: The Effects of Meth

One-third of the world’s population resides in East and Southeast Asia. And one of the biggest challenges facing these Asian countries, including China, is the manufacturing and use of synthetic drugs. In recent years, Asia has experienced a wave of synthetically produced amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS), particularly of the substance methamphetamine. Synthetic drugs, also known as designer or club drugs, have become increasingly popular among younger drug users. These ATS drugs are engulfing the drug market quickly, in what people are calling Asia’s ATS Epidemic. The Synthetic Drug Industry in South East Asia Where once plant-based drugs such as opium or heroin topped the drug markets, synthetic drugs are quickly taking over. Synthetic drugs such as meth, ecstasy, and LSD, are man-made by chemically synthesizing and combining different precursor chemicals, and methamphetamine in Southeast Asia are spreading like wild fire. The drug most commonly used is crystal meth, notoriously known as ’ice’. Many believe that the increase of demand of meth in China and other Southeast Asian countries is due to economic integration between regions. Synthetic …

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 …

Addictive Personality and Alcohol / Drugs: Fact or Fiction

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 …