All posts tagged: Addiction Rehab


‘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

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.

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 …


Addiction was first classified as a treatable illness by the American Medical Association (AMA) in 1956, yet some people still choose to believe that addiction is simply a few poor decisions on part of an individual who lacks ‘will power’. This is not the case, however, and as medical research becomes more involved, doctors and researchers are able to learn more and more about the disease of addiction. According to the National Institutes of Health, advances in brain imaging science make it possible to see inside the brain of an addicted person and pinpoint the parts of the brain affected by drugs of abuse — providing knowledge that will enable the development of new approaches to prevention and treatment. These brain images have been able to show that addiction is a brain disease which causes people to lose their ability to control their need for alcohol and drugs. One of the several factors here is the neurotransmitter, dopamine. Dopamine is largely responsible for the feelings of pleasure and also satiety. Humans are genetically engineered to …

Finding Alcohol Abuse in a Poem: Theodore Roethke’s “My Papa’s Waltz”

  In an earlier entry, one of our writers wrote a two-part series about the effects of alcoholism on a family, and naturally the first focus was on children. In reading the entry I was most struck by the fact that children may feel guilt; that they might in some way feel responsible for their parent’s or sibling’s addiction. The range of emotions that a child might feel is startling, and the complexity not to be discounted. Theodore Roethke is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet who writes a lot about childhood, often from the voice of a child. Born in 1908, he suffered from episodic bouts of depression which, coupled with his alcohol abuse, threatened his career as a poet and teacher. As a student of poetry, I studied his Roethke’s work in high school. One of his most famous pieces – and a personal favorite of mine – is “My Papa’s Waltz,” reproduced below: My Papa’s Waltz The whiskey on your breath    Could make a small boy dizzy;    But I hung on like death:    …