The tragic and brutal death of a Chinese teen at an internet addiction treatment ‘boot camp’ has rekindled a growing sense of outrage at how addiction is treated at some rehabs in Asia. As headlines like this continue to emerge, how can parents separate the good operators from the bad? A Chinese teenager has died after spending a mere 48 hours at an internet addiction treatment centre in China’s Anhui province. This is one of a string of shocking incidents related to ‘boot camp’ rehab centres and has ignited fury across the nation regarding what many consider to be unacceptably harsh practices at these centres.
Japan’s love of pachinko is no secret, but the role it plays in fuelling gambling addiction is often overlooked. As the country prepares to legalise casinos, many Japanese people are asking whether a permissive stance on gambling is really what the country needs. Pachinko machines have become a fixture of modern-day Japanese society. Similar to pinball, pachinko is a self-contained, arcade-style game that sees players firing little silver balls through a gauntlet of moving obstacles, flashing lights and digital displays. But unlike pinball, pachinko often rewards players in cash.
Hong Kong police are ramping up cannabis seizures, which are currently at a decades-long high. With steep fines and lengthy prison terms at stake – is using worth the risk? Marijuana is one of the most-abused drugs in the world, leading to cannabis addiction in many cases. In some places, authorities are taking notice – and cracking down.
Scientists recently identified the most addictive foods in the world. Here we look at the five most addictive, and just why we want to eat them so much. Have you ever wondered why the foods you know are bad for you are the most tempting? Why does that slice of pizza look better than that salad, or why do you find yourself always ordering the burger instead of the healthier options on the menu?
Relocating can vastly improve your chances of making a full and successful recovery from drug or alcohol dependence. If you’re looking for a fresh start, here are five of the best sober cities in Asia. Changing location while in recovery, or “pulling a geographic” as it is often known, is a hot topic among addiction counsellors and recovering addicts. While many advise against it in the early stages of recovery, relocating has helped many stay free of drugs and alcohol.
Mindfulness practice is hugely beneficial to recovery – meditation should be a part of any comprehensive treatment plan. Don’t know where to start? These six apps have you covered. Mindfulness meditation offers the following benefits to people recovering from addiction: Reduced stress Strengthened immune system function Improved, balanced energy levels Aids in flushing out toxins
A recent study shows young South Koreans’ risk of internet addiction is five-fold that of Japanese students in the same age range. The study raises concerns about the hyper-connected Asian nation’s propensity for cyber addiction, and its potential health risks.
While intravenous drugs use is on the rise among teens and young adults, a new study has found that a supportive environment and early treatment can significantly reduce the risk of young people injecting drugs. Once someone starts injecting drugs intravenously, what may have begun as experimentation or casual use turns into something much more serious. Not only does it signal the user’s need for a more intense high, it opens a whole new range of risks, including increased risk of overdose and exposure to HIV, hepatitis and other potentially fatal diseases. Rising Rates of Intravenous Drug Use Among Youth Watching a teenager or young adult turn to intravenous drug use is a nightmare for family and friends, but it’s a situation more and more people are facing. There’s strong evidence that more people are injecting drugs at an earlier age. In 2009, more than a quarter of people admitted to hospital for injection drug-related issues in the U.S. were aged 18-25, up dramatically from 10 years earlier. Young people are significantly more susceptible to …
New statistics from India Drugs & AIDS Care show that the number of drug users in India’s Meghalaya State is dramatically on the rise, especially among youth. The number of drug users in the region increased 33-fold within the past decade, from 556 in 1999 to a whopping 20,000 today. Many of these people are youth who are in need of drug addiction treatment; some as young as 12 years old. Jowai’s Anti-Narcotics Cell has started their own Positive Addiction Campaign, which aims to prevent drug abuse and addiction among youth through positive activities like sporting events and community barbeques. Read the full article here: Meghalaya Is Turning ‘Addiction Positive’ To Tackle Rising Drug Abuse Among Youth.
Addiction claims tens of thousands of lives each year and wreaks havoc on countless families, careers and relationships. But why does it happen? How does addiction work? The answer: it has to do with our evolutionary wiring. Learn about substance and process addictions, how they take root in the brain and how they can be effectively overcome.