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“I CAN HANDLE IT”

These are the four fatalistic words spoken by an alcoholic who is absolutely drunk… And these are the very four words that more often than not take him to the grave. “ I am sorry I will not do it again ..” after breaking the furniture for the umpteenth time the night before after getting drunk “ He forced me to have a drink.. it is after all his birthday… I only had two.” “  How can I not drink/use drugs… I was neglected as

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Foundations Of Treatment- Dignity And Compassion

The month that follows, beckons the beginning of a slew of festivals in India from Raksha Bandhan, Onam, Ganesh Chaturthi , Dussehra, Diwali, Eid,  Christmas etc. India is a melting pot of cultures- however, one culture that seems to be alarmingly on the rise is that of popping the cork for every celebration pan socio- economic groups and cultures. Where there is alcohol there is alcoholism, where there are drugs there is drug addiction. It is the addictive personality of the individual that leads to 

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An Indian legislative perspective to Alcohol/Drug Menace

The stand on the laws governing use of substances  in any country across the world has been varied. The efforts have been to curb the availability and addictive use of any substance. Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985 (NDPS Act) The NDPS Act is the solitary and wide ranging legislation which deals with the issue of all drugs including prescription medications in India.  This Act prohibits: -Production, manufacture, possession, sale, purchase, transport, warehousing, use, consumption, import, export or shipment of any narcotic drug or

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Psychology of Addiction

Psychology is scientific studies of the mind. Mind is a concept. It does not have a geographical location.. Addiction is a curse to human species. As we all human beings are hedonistic by default. Last 35 years I have been trying to understand human behavior related to these two concepts of mind and addictive behavior. Irrespective of conceptual framework of medical models of modern medicine, oriental concepts, homeopathy or Vedic studies; all have described it as having manifestations on mind, body, interpersonal, social, legal, ethical

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Mephedrone aka m-cat aka meow- meow

A drug that has taken the Mumbai streets by storm due to lacunae created by poor quality cocaine and is cheaper than it, is Mephedrone also known as M-CAT/ meow-meow/plant food etc. Mephedrone [4-methyl methcathinone (4-MMC) or 4-methyl ephedrone,] is a synthetic stimulant akin to amphetamines and is a cathinone similar to those found in the psychostimulant plant Khath used in Africa. It is sold across the world as plant food and research chemicals online in order to by pass legal bans and routes. History 

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How to talk to your child about a parents addiction

Growing up in a family in which a member is addicted to alcohol or drugs , can be chaotic and scary to a child. Witnessing the fights and the tears between the parents and the displaced anger they are inflicted upon many times makes them believe that they are responsible for the drinking or using of their addicted parent.  It is confusing. They can get reactive, aggressive angry. The academic studies are affected. They can become under achievers or over achievers to compensate for the

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