All posts tagged: addiction recovery

Myanmar to receive over $3 Million to Battle Opium Addiction and Production

Myanmar is still the world’s second leading producer of opium after Afghanistan, and heroin and opium addiction are rampant within the village communities who rely on opium production for their livelihood. Despite eradication efforts, the United Nations reports that opium production has stabilized at high levels for a third year. According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) report, Myanmar produced an estimated 647 tons of opium in 2015. In Myanmar, mostly in poor mountainous border regions, there are approximately 55,000 hectares (212 sq miles) of land being used for opium poppy cultivation. In neighbouring Laos opium cultivation has also stabilized at only a tenth of the area in Myanmar with 5,700 hectares of opium fields, and only a few hundred hectares are left in Thailand. These three countries’ shared border makes up the infamous Golden Triangle and the area produces a quarter of the world’s opium. Jeremey Douglas, the UNODC’s chief in Southeast Asia and the Pacific, warned against calling the stabilization a “success”. The challenges and problems created by opium …

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 …

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‘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

Hong Kong Drug ‘Kingpin’ has been Arrested in Jakarta Drug Raid

Wong Chi-Ping has been hunted by law enforcement in the SE Asian region for several years now. Reportedly responsible for the trafficking of very high quantities of drugs in the region, he was finally arrested in Jakarta during a drug raid – alongside 840kg of high-grade methamphetamine. So what happens now? Will his incarceration mean a drop in drug abuse in the region? Or will someone else quickly step in and take his place? Read the full story here: http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1676787/hong-kong-drug-kingpin-wong-chi-ping-caught-indonesia-raid

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ASEAN Claims for a Drug-Free Continent Fail Completely

In 1998, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) declared that they would create a drug-free zone in Asia by the year 2015. However, opium production in the Golden Triangle (where Laos, Myanmar and Thailand meet) has doubled in the last ten years, now representing at least 30% of the entire world’s opium stash. The guys at Vice take a look at why that’s happening, and what the world needs to do about it…  https://news.vice.com/article/southeast-asias-war-on-drugs-is-a-grotesque-failure-but-why-stop

Australian Footballer Gavin Crosisca’s Battle with Addiction

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/

After Addiction Treatment: For One Traveller, The World of Sober Experiences

  The most thrilling part of travelling is trying new things; be it tasting a local dish, or wrapping your mind around a baffling language, being a traveller is about seeking the space beyond your comfort zone. Often, travelling is also about letting loose, and reaching beyond your daily routine to use alcohol and drugs. But what about if you’ve completed addiction treatment? Is it still possible to see new places while remaining comfortable in your sobriety? In a recent essay published on The Fix entitled “The Trials of a Sober Backpacker,” one recovering addict writes about travelling alone through Southeast Asia, and of being confronted with the problem of wanting to accept the drink offered to her by her local hosts, but knowing that a sip of alcohol could mean closing the door on years of alcohol recovery. “I looked around for help,” Caledonia Dawson writes. “The few tables decorated with Christmas lights in the courtyard of a private home in the coastal town of Kep were empty, except for me and the two …

From Substance Abuse Rehab to the Stage

Substance abuse can lay waste to the human body. From rapid aging, to hair loss, to extreme weight loss, drugs physically weaken the body, not to mention the mind. Substance abuse rehab can reverse this decay. It is the beginning of gaining control over the body, and working towards a healthier physical and mental life. In a recent article on CNN.com, Joe Putignano talks about his success as a young gymnast, and how this was all taken away by his abuse of various substances, and his eventual addiction to heroin. He started using drugs at 17, and didn’t stop until he was 29. So, when Putignano fought back against his substance abuse, and the two overdoses that nearly took his life, and worked his way to a career as a performer with Cirque du Soleil’s show “Totem,” his fight was not just physical, but it was also a mental and spiritual climb. “I loved gymnastics more than anything I had ever known and it had become my church,” Putignano tells CNN.com. “I couldn’t believe I used …

Recording Your Journey: Journaling While Receiving Treatment for Addiction

Self-reflection is a key part of treatment for addiction; discerning who you are, and why you are an addict, is essential to pinpointing the steps to a sustainable recovery. Journaling is an excellent way to reflect upon your personal progress while undergoing treatment for addiction. A notebook and pen combine to create an additional (be it, much smaller) addiction treatment centre – as any programme, you will get out of it what you put in. Below are some tips to ensure that you receive the most out of journaling. Routine If you make writing a part of your everyday life – as quotidian as having your morning coffee – your practice will be effective. Choose a time when you are usually free – maybe in the hours before dinner and bed – and open your journal at this time every day. This ensures that writing will become a habit. Thirty minutes is all you need, and less will do if you are pressed for time. Honesty Being honest in your journaling is a commitment you …