The Effects of Synthetic Marijuana Abuse and Addiction

The Effects of Synthetic Marijuana Abuse and Addiction

Not very long ago, the media was abuzz with bath salts. At first people were thinking about the ones that are used in luxury spas and ultra-pampering sessions. In fact, these were not the bath salts being discussed.

The Effects of Bath Salts Abuse and Addiction

Not very long ago, the media was abuzz with bath salts. At first people were thinking about the ones that are used in luxury spas and ultra-pampering sessions. In fact, these were not the bath salts being discussed. These were the new street name for a concoction of different synthetic chemicals including mephedrone, pyrovalerone and methylenedioxypyrovalerone. Although difficult to pronounce, they are easy to obtain and get high on. No sooner did they hit the streets, emergency rooms and psychiatric wards were being bombarded with the bath salt epidemic.

What are bath salts?

Bath salts are the term used for new family of synthetic drugs which are similar to amphetamines or stimulants. One recent study has shown the effects of bath salts are worse than those associated with meth.

Bath salts come in the form of white or brown crystals and are sold in small plastic bags. They can often be found in gas/petrol stations, small shops and online. They are labeled as “not for human consumption” and may also be sold as a “jewelry cleaner” or “plant food”. Brand names include “Lunar Wave”, “Vanilla Sky”, “Scarface” and “Bloom”.

It’s worth noting that these bath salts should not be confused with Epsom salt, pink or black salt or other natural salt mixtures which are used in healing and beauty products.

Short term Effects of Bath Salts

The energizing and agitating effects of bath salts are similar to cocaine or methamphetamine, but stronger. Both of these drugs increase dopamine which causes pleasure, energy and increase in activity.

Due to bath salts being a relatively new drug of abuse, there is not very much known on how they affect the brain. It is assumed that each variant of bath salts may have somewhat different properties, and chemically, they are similar to amphetamines (such as methamphetamine) as well as to MDMA (ecstasy). A recent study has shown that cathinone, one of the chemicals used in bath salts, raises dopamine levels in the brain, but is 10 times more potent that cocaine or meth.

When smoked, ingested or snorted, bath salts can cause extreme short term effects such as hallucinations, chest pain, tremors, seizures and paranoia. It is not uncommon for paramedics to be “attacked” when they are trying to help a person under the influence of bath salts.

Long Term Effects of Bath Salts

Currently, there needs to be more research carried out on the long term effects of bath salts. Although many states in the U.S. as well as, the United Kingdom have outlawed the chemicals in bath salts, there is still a growing demand for the drug. What is known about bath salt abuse is the extreme paranoia and agitation brought on by the use of the drug can last for an extended period of time.

Heart attack, kidney or liver failure, an increased pain threshold, dehydration, a breakdown of skeletal muscle tissue and homicidal or suicidal tendencies are all potential outcomes. Moreover, when a user has an underlying mental health issue, the risk for a psychotic episode is greatly increased.

Abuse, Addiction and Withdrawal of Bath Salts

Currently, there are a number of indicators which show that bath salts have a high probability for abuse, tolerance build-up and addiction. People who have undergone bath salt rehab treatment have said that the drug causes extreme cravings and a loss of control. Therefore, it is safe to assume (research is needed) that frequent use can cause dependency and withdrawal. A common concern with bath salt abuse is the other ingredients in the package which could potentially lead to further harmful effects.

Common signs of a bath salt addiction include jittery behavior, insomnia, impaired motor skills, rapid heartbeat, extreme paranoia, panic attacks, anger, agitation, bizarre or erratic behavior and self-mutilation.

Due to the severity of a bath salts addiction, rehab treatment centers should be sought before quitting this powerful drug. Without using, withdrawal symptoms could occur. These include intense cravings, anxiety, depression, inability to concentrate, amnesia, confusion, violent behavior, nightmares and memory fog. Sometimes, a person can be so hooked on the drug that a bath salts detoxification rehab will be necessary.

Getting Treatment for a Bath Salt Addiction

Bath salts are nothing to mess around with. Many people say this drug is currently the most powerful and scary intoxicant available. It is both addictive and extremely hard to stop using. Often, a bath salt user will spiral down into an extreme state before realizing what has happened. A majority of people will need to spend a lengthy amount of time at a private rehab facility who is equipped to handle a bath salts addiction. This time will vary, but 30-120 days is ideal.

If you or someone you know has an addiction to bath salts, consider getting treatment at a private rehab center in Thailand. Here, privacy is respected and the individual will be able to focus completely on the program. The Serenity Rehab Thailand center is ready to help you or a loved one overcome the addiction to bath salts. Contact us today to find out how we can help.

Physical and Psychological Effects of a Methamphetamine Addiction

Physical and Psychological Effects of a Methamphetamine Addiction

Methamphetamine addiction is ravaging cities and towns throughout the world. Within a few seconds, the recreational drug can transform a user into a speed freak. It draws people in for its ability to cause rapid bursts of energy which, with repeated use, will allow a person to remain awake for hours or days at a time.

Physical and Psychological Effects of a Methamphetamine Addiction

Methamphetamine addiction is ravaging cities and towns throughout the world. Within a few seconds, the recreational drug can transform a user into a speed freak. It draws people in for its ability to cause rapid bursts of energy which, with repeated use, will allow a person to remain awake for hours or days at a time. Soon after has this rampant energy is worn off and the user slams into a state of exhaustion; feeling weak and powerless. Methamphetamine is no joke and can turn a novice user into an addict in no time at all.

What is Methamphetamine?

Japanese researchers derived Methamphetamine from amphetamine back in 1919.  These drugs were first used in nasal decongestants and other medications. By WWII, soldiers and housewives were using methamphetamine for its energy surges. However, the powerful   effects of meth were unbeknownst to the drugs’ victims. By 1970, the drug was made illegal in the US with European countries following. It made its way back onto the streets in the early 90s; since then the surge in abuse and addiction has skyrocketed.

Methamphetamine is known as meth, crystal, ice and chalk. It is an extremely addictive stimulant which resembles a white, crystal-like powder. There is no odor and it has a bitter taste. It can be taken orally, smoked, snorted or via injection.

How Methamphetamine Affects the Brain

Methamphetamine is very quick to produce its effects, especially when smoked or injected. The brain reacts within seconds, and the user will feel extreme euphoria and energy from the high release of dopamine and serotonin. This fades almost as quickly as it comes. After the initial rush, the body is still in an alert state of being, but the pleasurable effects are gone. Dopamine and serotonin has been depleted and a sense of depression may set in. With meth, a user will feel very high and then very low; hence why people will use over and over again. This pattern is known as “binging and crashing”. A regular user will build a tolerance to the drug; therefore, will need more to reach the same desired state of mind. To add to the effects of meth, ongoing research is showing that the drug destroys brain cells which store dopamine and serotonin. Without seeking help at a rehab for methamphetamine (or elsewhere), the user can have severely impaired motor and cognitive functioning.

How Methamphetamine Affects the Brain

Methamphetamine is very quick to produce its effects, especially when smoked or injected. The brain reacts within seconds, and the user will feel extreme euphoria and energy from the high release of dopamine and serotonin. This fades almost as quickly as it comes. After the initial rush, the body is still in an alert state of being, but the pleasurable effects are gone. Dopamine and serotonin has been depleted and a sense of depression may set in. With meth, a user will feel very high and then very low; hence why people will use over and over again. This pattern is known as “binging and crashing”. A regular user will build a tolerance to the drug; therefore, will need more to reach the same desired state of mind. To add to the effects of meth, ongoing research is showing that the drug destroys brain cells which store dopamine and serotonin. Without seeking help at a rehab for methamphetamine (or elsewhere), the user can have severely impaired motor and cognitive functioning.

Psychological Effects of Meth Abuse

Many of the physical effects of a methamphetamine addiction can be reversed. It is the psychological effects which can be extremely damming. Abuse of methamphetamine has a high association with prolonged anxiety, psychotic behavior, extreme paranoia, delusions, hallucinations, insomnia, violent tendencies and even suicide. If the person has any underlying mental health disorders, the aforementioned psychological effects of meth could be increased.

Methamphetamine Use and Lead Poisoning

Methamphetamine can be produced by a number of methods. Many of these involve harsh chemicals and solvents ranging from battery acid, cleaners, detergents, OTC medications and even lead. Known as lead acetate, this poisonous substance can contaminate methamphetamine productions with lead; when injected, acute lead poisoning could occur.

Pregnancy Complications

A pregnant methamphetamine user will likely expose her unborn child to the drug via the blood, oxygen and umbilical cord. This can result in prenatal complications, premature delivery, congenital deformities as well as, cognitive malfunctioning and extreme irritability when born.

Overdosing on Methamphetamine

It is possible to overdose on methamphetamine. A mild to moderate overdose could include irregular heartbeat, high/low blood pressure, muscle aches, extreme agitation, confusion, tremors and rapid breathing. A high overdose can cause “methamphetamine psychosis”, shock, bleeding of the brain, life threatening body temperatures, kidney failure and intense tweaking. An overdose can also cause mild to severe brain damage, convulsions, coma and death.

If you or someone you know is experiencing any of these symptoms it is vital to contact your local emergency response unit.

Getting Help for a Methamphetamine Addiction

Methamphetamine addictions can tear apart a person’s life and those around them. They quickly take a toll on the psychological and physical well being of an individual leading them to do almost anything for the drug. A methamphetamine addiction center is the most appropriate form of treatment.

Treatment at a private methamphetamine rehab will offer a person the vital support and guidance which they will need. Personalized evaluations, monitored detoxification and daily therapy sessions will help the individual to consider the causes of their addiction and address them in a healthy way. From there they will begin to find appropriate ways to replace addictive behaviors while learning a variety or practical coping skills. In many cases, a person in recovery will continue their healing at a methamphetamine aftercare facility.

At Siam Rehab Thailand, we recognize that meth addiction requires very careful, precise and customized treatment. At any given time, we help no more than 25 people. Private therapy sessions, yoga, healthy meals and special activities are all included in our custom methamphetamine treatment plans. If you or someone you know has an addiction to meth and would like to seek the help of a private rehab center in Thailand, please contact us today.

The Physical and Psychological Effects of a Yaba Addiction

The Physical and Psychological Effects of a Yaba Addiction

Ask anyone in Thailand about yaba; most likely, they will tell you that it can make a person go crazy. Even so, this powerful stimulant is heavily abused throughout Thailand and the surrounding countries.

The Physical and Psychological Effects of a Yaba Addiction

Ask anyone in Thailand about yaba; most likely, they will tell you that it can make a person go crazy. Even so, this powerful stimulant is heavily abused throughout Thailand and the surrounding countries. Produced in Myanmar and smuggled illegally across borders, yaba abuse is causing an immense number of problems. Prior to 1970, yaba could legally be purchased in Thailand shops. Late night workers and truck drivers would use it to stay awake and make more money. Now the drug is illegal, but the use of it by Thai people and foreigners/expats alike has skyrocketed.

What is Yaba?

Yaba means “crazy medicine” in Thai. It is a synthetic mixture of approximently25-35 mg of methamphetamine and 45 to 65 mg of caffeine. The round, colored (mostly red or orange) tablet may also contain household cleaning agents or sometime heroin.

The tablet is often burned over foil and inhaled using a straw; however it can also be swallowed. Unfortunately, many people who abuse yaba were misled into believing that it could help them to lose weight, it is no worse than coffee or it has no side effects or potential of addiction. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Within a few days of consistent use, an individual can become hooked on yaba.

Yaba in Bangladesh and Surrounding countries

Yaba is considered to make up of 50% of the worlds stimulant –like drug abuse. Over the past five years, yaba has made its way from Myanmar and Thailand into Cambodia and most recently Bangladesh. At a major Bangladesh port in 2014, 1.1 million yaba tablets were seized from smugglers. The drug has gained wider exposure beginning with wealthy people and those in the entertainment industry to most recently young university students and blue collar workers. In addition to yaba abuse in Bangladesh, this drug is seen as being a new trend in Australia, the Philippines, the West Coast of the USA and even Europe.

Effects of Yaba

Immediate of yaba are light-headedness which can be followed by euphoria, increased energy, raised alertness and the ability to stay awake for hours and days at a time. These effects do not last very long causing the yaba abuser to take anywhere from 5 and 30 tablets a day.

From the initial euphoria and alertness, the user may begin to feel irritable or angry. They may have no appetite and be unable to sleep. Nausea, hot flashes, sweating and dry mouth are all short term effects that can appear during the come down period of yaba.

The Psychological Effects of Yaba Abuse

One of the most alarming effects of yaba abuse and addiction is the mental health problems which can be associated with both prolonged and even short term use. A person may display extreme paranoia or confusion. Anxiety, aggression and violence are all possibilities which is why crime often goes hand in hand with yaba abuse. Rehab centers have also reported many addicts experiencing hallucinations or feelings of bugs crawling underneath the skin. Due to energy rushes, a yaba abuser may suffer from insomnia and nightmares. As a result of the extreme highs and lows, depression and suicidal tendencies are common.

Physical Effects of a Yaba Addiction

The physical effects of yaba abuse resemble those of a methamphetamine addiction. Rapid heart rate, increased blood pressure and damage to blood vessels in the brain (which can cause a stroke) are synonymous with occasional and regular yaba use. Overtime, the lining of the heart and tissue of the lung can become inflamed. Hair loss, skin ruptures, kidney and liver damage, infection of the esophagus, seizures, tremors, stroke and heart attacks are all symptoms which could appear without seeking the help of a yaba treatment center.

The majority of users will orally take yaba; however, there is a small percentage who inject the drug. This opens up the possibility for contracting infectious diseases like HIV, hepatitis and STD’s through unprotected sex.

Yaba Withdrawal

Yaba, or any methamphetamine like drug, is dangerous in all forms. It has a high potential of dependence and with chronic use, the individual will go through a withdrawal. The initial symptoms of a yaba withdrawal can be very unpleasant and last for several days. These can include agitation, confusion, irritability, excessive sleeping, cold sweats, constant crying, emotional influx and thoughts of suicide. Because many of these can be so intense, the guidance of a yaba rehab is advised. Once these symptoms subside, a person could have psychosis like feelings which can last for months.

Getting Help at a Yaba Treatment Center

An addiction to yaba is extremely serious. Due to the mental health implications quitting can have, anyone with an addiction should seek the support of a private rehab for yaba. These inpatient drug rehab programs will allow the user to be treated with respect and compassion. The yaba withdrawal will be monitored, internal issues will be worked through and healing will begin.

Physical and Psychological Effects of an Addiction to Ecstasy

Physical and Psychological Effects of an Addiction to Ecstasy

Known as the “club drug” ecstasy was popular at raves, techno clubs and parties in the early to late 90’s. The drug then went underground for several years while other stimulants like meth became trendier. Ecstasy is back and bigger than ever, but now it’s called “molly”.

The Physical and Psychological Effects of an Addiction to Ecstasy

Known as the “club drug” ecstasy was popular at raves, techno clubs and parties in the early to late 90’s. The drug then went underground for several years while other stimulants like meth became trendier. Ecstasy is back and bigger than ever, but now it’s called “molly”.

What is Ecstasy?

Ecstasy is a chemically made substance which may be sold as a white or yellow-ish crystal-like powder. This is more often known as MDMA. When pressed, MDMA may be referred as ecstasy, molly, pills, love drug, E, mandy or dolphins. These pills come in a rainbow of colors and may have designs stamped into them. It is these designs which can give the molly tablets their “nicknames” such as yellow ducks or Mitsubishis.

After taking a molly pill the person may feel its effects within an hour. A rush of euphoria, mental simulation and empathy towards others can arise. These can last between 3 and 6 hours; after which, the user will gradually comedown.

It’s Not Always Pure MDMA

Like any drug, a user cannot always guarantee that what they are taking is pure MDMA. Sometimes it is MDA, a psychedelic substance which is stronger and longer lasting. It can also be MDEA which is the opposite in that the effects are more subtle and last only a few hours.

Other molly pills could be mixed with ketamine or speed. For economic reasons, the ecstasy could be cut with caffeine, pharmaceuticals or LSD. Because of this, many clubs have set up special booths where ecstasy pills can be tested. These establishments have made arrangements with local police so that no one will be arrested even though it is technically illegal. As a result, many potential deaths have been prevented.

Short Term Effects of Ecstasy

MDMA is rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream. Soon after, the MDMA interferes with the body’s ability to break down the drug. As a result, when users take multiple tablets one after the other, there is a risk of cardiovascular or overdose like effects.

Within the first few hours of taking the MDMA, a user may feel a reduction in their mental capacity. This particularly includes memory loss and impaired judgment. These can continue to last for up to a week or more. Other short term effects of ecstasy could include anxiety, paranoia, lack of muscle control, muscle aches, increased blood pressure, nausea, loss of appetite, sweating, dehydration, dilated pupils and jaw clenching.

When alcohol or cocaine is mixed with molly, the aforementioned effects can become exaggerated. Heart failure, stroke, unconsciousness, coma and death could potentially occur.

Long Term Physical and Psychological Effects of Molly

There are a number of long term physical effects from frequent molly use. These include lowered immunity, stress on the heart and liver, chipped or cracked teeth, nerve cell damage and STD’s. It is the psychological effects which are a cause for concern. The “hangover effect” of ecstasy can be incredibly intense and last for days or weeks at a time. Depression, because of the lowered serotonin in the brain, is very common. With molly abuse, this loss of serotonin can last for 3 years or more.

The psychological desires for the feelings which molly can provoke are what may keep a user coming back for more. Often in these instances, there are underlying issues of low self esteem, sadness, shame, guilt or unresolved troubles. The XTC abuse is happening as a method of masking these feelings. When this is the case, an ecstasy rehab treatment program can be useful.

Finally, there is a strong risk of physical and psychological harm when a person has any underlying heart problems, epilepsy, liver disease, panic attacks or mental illness.

Addiction and Withdrawal

It is possible to develop a tolerance to molly. When this happens, and the user begins to lose control of their life, they have likely progressed into an addiction to ecstasy. Very few studies have been carried out to confirm the possibility of ecstasy dependency as well as the outcomes without seeking the support of a rehab or other form of help.

When a frequent user abruptly stops, they may experience withdrawal symptoms that include fatigue, lethargy, depression, hopelessness, loss of appetite and trouble concentrating.

Private Ecstasy Rehabs for Addiction

Ultimately, whenever a person feels they cannot cope with life or their inner struggles without ecstasy, it’s imperative they seek help. If you or a loved one is involved in XTC abuse and is beginning to experience detrimental health effects, legal problems, financial woes or relationship struggles, a rehab program may be ideal.

At Serenity Thailand Rehab center, we are equipped to handle both the physical and psychological effects of an addiction to ecstasy. With customized treatment, round the clock support and a nurturing, calming environment, we are able to help men and women get back on the right track without feeling the need to turn to molly. Rehabs in Thailand, like ours, are world class yet affordable and offer the utmost privacy which will aid in the healing of the mind and body.

If you would like to know more about our rehab treatment programs for molly addictions, please contact us today.

The Physical and Psychological Effects of an Addiction to Prescription Painkillers

The Physical and Psychological Effects of an Addiction to Prescription Painkillers

Morphinehydrocodonecodeineoxycodone and methadone are all legal drugs prescribed by doctors to treat pain. Just because they are legal in most countries (with a prescription), does not mean they are safe for everyone. These painkillers are widely prescribed in Australia, Europe and the United States. As these prescriptions have been increasingly handed out by doctors there has been a huge rise in abuse and addiction.

The Physical and Psychological Effects of an Addiction to Prescription Painkillers

Morphinehydrocodonecodeineoxycodone and methadone are all legal drugs prescribed by doctors to treat pain. Just because they are legal in most countries (with a prescription), does not mean they are safe for everyone. These painkillers are widely prescribed in Australia, Europe and the United States. As these prescriptions have been increasingly handed out by doctors there has been a huge rise in abuse and addiction.

Effects of Prescription Painkillers

Some painkillers, like Morphine, are directly extracted from the poppy; others are made in a lab. Familiar drug names include Percocet, Tramadol, Vicodin, Darvocet and Lortab (to name a few, many brand names not listed). All of these medicationsaffect the a person in a similar way, blocking pain signals by attaching to specific receptors that react to opiates. These receptors are in different areas of the brain, and once attached, pain and anxiety will be reduced while a sense of relaxation and euphoria will rise. It is these primary reasons why people abuse painkiller drugs.

When are painkillers okay?

Pain medications have been given by doctors since the middle ages. When used as prescribed they can help to alleviate acute or chronic pain. Respecting its powerful effects and taken exactly as noted on the bottle can improve the quality of an individual’s life; for example in the case of someone with a serious back injury or broken bone.

Opioids and opiate medication produces an intoxicating high and relieves anxiety (as well as pain). These  are the foremost reason people will misuse them. When a person starts to take too many prescription painkillers, or they seek out alternative ways to access the drug, they have crossed the line into abuse. With continued usage, a tolerance can build and the need can be so strong that an individual is willing to do anything to get more of the tablets. At this point, an addiction is a serious concern. The user will benefit from a prescription painkiller center.

Side Effects of Painkillers

Prolonged use of prescription painkillers can not only cause dependence or addiction, but also frequent side effects which could have serious implications on a persons’ health. Many of these are mild, but some can be fatal. These side effects include constipation, painful bowel movements, ruptured bowels, nausea, weight loss, bloating and water retention.

Physical and Physiological Effects of Prescription Painkillers

Once tolerance and dependency have been established, the physical and psychological effects of painkillers may start to set it. The degree to which people will experience there will depend on a number of different factors. These include the type and amount of medication, how it was being administered (orally, snorted, injected) and whether or not there was any pre-exposure to the drug. When taken for chronic pain, a tolerance will automatically build just like someone who used recreationally/occasionally.

Once a person is experiencing physical effects of painkiller dependency, a rehab treatment program will be ideal. Liver and kidney damage, cardiovascular problems, damaged colon or lowered immunity are all potential physical effects of long term painkiller use. Psychological factors could include depression, stress, inability to sleep/oversleeping and anxiety.

Symptoms of withdraw can include restlessness, muscle and bone aches, muscle spasm, vomiting, diarrhea, cold sweats, agitation and anxiety. Secondary addictions to other medications or alcohol should also be addressed. Withdrawing from prescription painkillers should be monitored closely by professionals such as an opiate rehab.

The Effects of Mixing Prescription Painkillers

Painkillers can enhance the “neuromuscular blocking action of skeletal muscle relaxants”; as a result respiratory depression (slowed breathing) can occur.  Mixing painkillers with other medications is quite common with users and abusers. Some of these such as paracetamol are safe; whereas, others are not. Addicts may mix painkillers with CNS depressants or alcohol. When this happens the cocktail can result in dangerous respiratory depression, hypotension, profound sedation, coma, overdose or death.

Getting Help at a Prescription Painkiller Rehab Center

Whenever someone is taking prescription painkillers and is running into family, legal, work or financial problems yet is still unable to quit, an addiction could be the cause. These medications can take a toll on a person and those around them.

If you believe someone you care about is dependent or addicted to prescription painkillers, don’t step away and do nothing. Notice how they use their medication. If you are unable to watch them, pay careful attention to their behavior. Constant refills, missing money, changes in attitude and the inability to alleviate pain could all signal addiction.

A rehab for prescription painkiller addiction can help a person safely and comfortably go through a detox. From there, a private holistic rehab will be able to restore balance between the mind and body. Serenity Rehab center is one of the leading facilities in Thailand and Asia as a whole. As a cost affordable painkiller rehab, it offers individualized treatment programs in a secluded, luxury environment.

If you would like to know more about our prescription painkiller treatment programs, please contact us today.

The Physical and Psychological Effects Gambling Addiction

The Physical and Psychological Effects Gambling Addiction

Gambling goes way back. This past time has been a form of entertainment for the European elite, Romans, Greeks and Assyrians. When carried out in a responsible manner, gambling can be fun. However, for some it becomes an addictive habit which is hard to break without the help of a gambling treatment program. Numerous outcomes can occur when a person is unable to control their gambling; therefore, it is important to be able to recognize this harmful pattern before problems occur.

The Physical and Psychological Effects Gambling Addiction

Gambling goes way back. This past time has been a form of entertainment for the European elite, Romans, Greeks and Assyrians. When carried out in a responsible manner, gambling can be fun. However, for some it becomes an addictive habit which is hard to break without the help of a gambling treatment program. Numerous outcomes can occur when a person is unable to control their gambling; therefore, it is important to be able to recognize this harmful pattern before problems occur.

What defines a gambling addiction?

A gambling addiction, otherwise known as compulsive gambling, is considered by experts to be what’s called an “impulse-control” disorder. This means that the person will gamble no matter what the outcome could be. Whether winning, losing, happy or depressed, the gambler will continue to make bets.
There are different types of gambling. These include online casinos, land based casinos, horse racing, sports betting, the lottery and the stock market. Some compulsive gamblers will have one preferred method while others will make bets on anything.

Signs of a Gambling Addiction

Signs of a gambling problem are similar to other addictions; however, they can be more subtle or even go unnoticed for a long period of time. Some common signs include:

  • Gambling with money that should be used for necessities (i.e. food and rent)
  • Inability to control gambling/spending habits
  • Feeling the need to be secretive about gambling
  • Friends and family are expressing a concern
  • Financial woes, job loss and legal troubles have occurred

Compulsive Gambling and other Substance Addictions

In many cases, a problem gambler will have a co-occurring addiction. Most often this is alcohol, marijuana or cocaine. These may be the drugs of choice because they provide energy or relaxation. Moreover, alcohol is often free at land based casinos. In the case of a person gambling at these establishments, the likelihood of consuming these drinks on a regular basis is high. In addition, overtime a problem gambler may be stressed out, have high anxiety or depression. As a result, they turn to these substances to escape troublesome emotions.

Physical and Psychological Effects of Gambling Abuse

There are not many physical effects which can be directly attributed to gambling addictions. However, when a person develops depression or anxiety from gambling too much, they may become deprived from sleep. This can result in pale skin, dark eye circles, weight gain, weight loss, acne, lowered immunity and hair loss.

It is the psychological effects of a gambling addiction that are quite serious. These alone should be a reason to seek the help and support of a treatment program for gambling. Excessive gambling can lead to a plethora of emotional problems. These can range from anxiety, stress, depression and anger to self harm and suicidal thoughts. These may arise because losing everything can be detrimental and will leave the person feeling hopeless and alone.

Suicide amongst Problem Gamblers

People with an addiction to gambling (and have not received treatment) have a very high risk of attempting suicide; this especially occurs when they are in a “desperation phase”. It is very important to take any thought or mention of suicide very seriously. Whether it is you or a loved one, if suicide is being contemplated please call a suicide helpline, medical doctor, therapist or rehab centre immediately.

Seeking the Support of a Gambling Addiction Rehab Center

Compulsive gambling is 100% psychological; therefore the initial quitting is relatively easy. However, being able to commit to not gambling becomes the primary challenge. With adequate treatment, gambling addiction can be managed. Unlike other addictions, such as food, a gambling addict does not need to gamble in order to survive. Rather, they need to taught tools and techniques which will help them to find a healthy balance between money and living.
A residential rehab facility for gambling can be a great start. This is especially beneficial when the individual is unable to avoid land based casinos or online gambling rooms. Rehabs for gambling addictions will take an integrative approach which meets the individual’s needs. A gambling treatment centre will help a person to control the urges to gamble while identifying and replacing unhealthy and irrational beliefs. If there is any associated depression, anxiety or feelings of self worth, therapy, group talks and yoga can help the person resolve these issues and feel better about life.

If you or someone you know has an addiction to gambling and is ready to seek the expertise and support of a treatment centre, consider Siam Rehab. As a private residential rehab catering to men and women with compulsive gambling disorders and substance addictions Siam Rehab has been privileged to help hundreds of people from around the globe. Please contact us today for more information on our compulsive gambling treatment programme.

Drug and Alcohol Rehab Rockhampton

Drug and Alcohol Rehab Rockhampton

Close to the Great Barrier Reef and Queensland’s vast interior, Rockhampton is a central, often visited town which hides a darker side. Drug and alcohol use is high amongst certain demographics with police working to prevent all related crimes. Regional rehab facilities are also lacking for those battling addiction, meaning individuals have to travel further afield to seek assistance.

Drug and Alcohol Rehab Rockhampton

Close to the Great Barrier Reef and Queensland’s vast interior, Rockhampton is a central, often visited town which hides a darker side. Drug and alcohol use is high amongst certain demographics with police working to prevent all related crimes. Regional rehab facilities are also lacking for those battling addiction, meaning individuals have to travel further afield to seek assistance.

Drug Consumption in Rockhampton

Like most of Australia, the town of Rockhampton is under the grip of an ice epidemic. According to the ABC News, emergency workers and community leaders met up with the national ice taskforce in May to discuss possible anti-addiction strategies. Demand, education and rehab were among the topics examined. Focus was also put on domestic violence which has been linked to the rising ice consumption region-wide.

Until then, ice continues to wreak havoc. One mother was even driven to build a $3,000 cage for her addicted son to protect him from the drug, writes The Morning Bulletin. A lack of available rehab centres made her feel there was no other choice. The son started with alcohol then moved to cannabis and methamphetamines after struggling to deal with traumatic family losses.

The police are doing their part to combat drug use in Rockhampton. For instance, ABC News writes they used horses to scout out fields where drugs were or had been growing in a recent drug bust. Drugs were also found in a nearby residence police searched during the operation. In Road Safety Week, police also watched out for drugged drivers. On one Monday they saw five individuals caught high on methylamphetamine, cannabis or both. The week prior, 11 people tested positive for drug driving.

Alcohol and the Rockhampton Area

There is also a problem with heavy drinking in Rockhampton. In fact, a local magistrate has called for publicans to be blamed. The Morning Bulletin says that after a Yeppoon plumber went on a drunken rampage in the CBD, the magistrate called out bartenders and pub owners who provided drinks to those already intoxicated. In this case, the plumber was evicted from a local pub and had an altercation with a male bystander afterwards.

Rockhampton has seen a number of incidents caused by excessive drinking. The Morning Bulletin reported two of them. The first involved a man sent to jail for his appalling traffic record. The man had several charges stretching back to the 1980s. In this case, he drove without a licence after drinking half a bottle of rum. In the second instance, a man stinking of alcohol exposed himself to a crowd of families at a children’s carnival. He also had a string of prior offences after struggling with alcohol, speed and cannabis.

Rehab Options for Rockhampton Residents

Despite these unfortunate incidents, Rockhampton lacks adequate treatment for those addicted. The only government-funded institute is the Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drugs Service on Quarry Street. This is a 23-bed inpatient service that offers adult and youth programs covering clinical assessment, case management, interventions and more.

The need for other facilities has been mentioned before. The Morning Bulletin writes of a magistrate who called for a new detox centre in Rockhampton. Despite good work going on with alcohol treatment, individuals had to visit Bundaberg or Mackay for proper rehab. A new facility would also help the courts, the magistrate said. ABC News also mentions an Indigenous youth worker who called for a rehab centre targeting youth. The lack of a proper centre was endangering the younger generation by relying on laws and legislation which weren’t effective.

Alternatives for Rockhampton Addicts

This situation means that locals have to seek help in other locations. However, with public clinics full and private centres often expensive, a better alternative is to look for support in a country such as Thailand. Siam Rehab clinic in Chiang Rai offers tailored programs at a fraction of the cost of Australian centres. This is because the cost of living in Thailand is very low, allowing us to deliver excellent service without charging a fortune.

Looking for assistance in a Thai rehab clinic is also a great way to maintain your confidentiality. Instead of worrying about whether friends, family or colleagues will find out about your struggle with addiction, fly to Thailand and get on the road to recovery in a completely private setting. From Rockhampton, flights are about 16 hours with transfers through Bangkok. We will also pick you up at the airport and whisk you away to our first class rehab centre.

Signs of a Binge Drinker

Signs of a Binge Drinker

So you’ve had a beer after work to help you relax and wind down from a busy day; perhaps you’re looking forward to your glass of wine with dinner. Maybe you’re going out after an evening meal and ready to take advantage of all the happy hour cocktails. Once at home, you’ll further induce a heavy nights rest with a final bedtime drink. On occasion, there may be nothing wrong with any of the above, but when this becomes a regular thing, its considered binge drinking. 

Signs of a Binge Drinker

So you’ve had a beer after work to help you relax and wind down from a busy day; perhaps you’re looking forward to your glass of wine with dinner. Maybe you’re going out after an evening meal and ready to take advantage of all the happy hour cocktails. Once at home, you’ll further induce a heavy nights rest with a final bedtime drink. On occasion, there may be nothing wrong with any of the above, but when this becomes a regular thing, its considered binge drinking. So, now you may be wondering, what is regular? Regular binge drinking, according to the NHS, is when a person consumes more than the standard units of alcohol in one day, every day or nearly every day of the week. For men, they should not drink more than 3-4 units of alcohol and women not more than 2 or 3 units.

What is binge drinking?

Binge drinking is the most common form of any substance abuse. It is widely implored by college students, working adults and the retired. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism defines binge drinking as a pattern of drinking that brings a person’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) to 0.08 grams percent or higher. This percentage applies to the aforementioned information regarding the amount of units a man or woman should drink in a given day.

A recent study carried out by the NIAAA also states that binging on alcohol can cause a wide array of acute and chronic problems as well as public safety concerns. Moreover, binge drinking is associated with three-quarters of the total economic cost of alcohol misuse. The most alarming outcome of the study was the evidence which indicates binge drinking in adolescents and college students is likely contributing to alcoholism and anxiety.

Statistics Associated with the Seriousness of Binge Drinking

Recent statistics from the CDC states that approximately 92% of U.S. adults who drink report binging on alcohol in the past 30 days. Moreover, binge drinking takes place in over half of U.S. adults consuming alcohol at any given time.

Health Effects Related to Binge Drinking

It’s not uncommon to hear from adults, who have sought out binge drinking treatment, to say that they never thought they were at risk for developing health problems because they didn’t drink all the time, and/or were not craving it. Unfortunately, this is not the case. When a person regularly consumes alcohol they can develop a series of physical and psychological related issues including:

  • Unintentional injuries (i.e. car crashes, falls)
  • Intentional injuries (i.e. injuries with weapons, sexual assault, domestic violence)
  • Alcohol poisoning
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Unintended pregnancy
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease, heart attack or stroke
  • Cognitive damage
  • Liver damage (i.e. fatty liver, liver disease, cirrhosis, hepatitis)
  • Sexual dysfunction

Binge Drinking and Brain Damage

Without getting treatment at a rehab, binge drinking can cause brain damage faster and more severely than an alcoholic, or person who chronically drinks. This is because during a binge, large quantities of glutamate are released and over stimulating the brain. When a person continues to binge drink, a larger amount of glutamate is released during the times they do not drink. As this happens on a regular basis, withdrawal symptoms consistently more severe than the last can occur. Moreover, cognitive impairments, inability to focus, memory loss, blackouts and speech disabilities are all potential outcomes of binge drinking. It should be noted that these can be long lasting or permanent.

Getting rehab overseas also means your privacy will be protected. Instead of hiding your struggle from friends, family and colleagues in Bunbury where drug use and alcoholism may have a negative stigma, you can check into our facilities without worrying about your reputation. Serenity is located in Chiang Rai in the North of Thailand: an 8 or 9 hour flight from Perth. We will pick you up at the airport too and drive you personally to our private rehab centre.

Can a binge drinker go through withdrawal?

Absolutely; when a person has been actively involved in binge drinking over a long period of time, they can develop both a physical and psychological withdrawal. These symptoms can occur whenever the level of alcohol, which has been regularly plentiful, in the bloodstream becomes too low. Some binge drinkers can feel the withdrawal symptoms even after a heavy night out or weekend binger; often, when this happens the withdrawal is mistaken for a hangover.
Symptoms of withdrawal could include:

  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Rapid eye movements
  • Hot/cold sweats
  • Tremors
  • Clouded mind
  • Insomnia/ nightmares
  • Poor appetite
  • Anxiety/ anger/ depression
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Seizures
  • In serious matters, coma and/or death

Can a binge drinker go through withdrawal?

In any case, when a person actively binge drinks and does not get help at a rehab or other facility, they can quickly develop alcohol abuse or a full blown addiction. The fact of the matter is that binge drinking is a serious matter and should be not taken too lightly. Although a person may be able to get up and go to work after a night out every day of the week, it does not mean they don’t have a problem. There is support available; a rehab for binging alcohol can offer this guidance, treatment and help.

Getting rehab overseas also means your privacy will be protected. Instead of hiding your struggle from friends, family and colleagues in Bunbury where drug use and alcoholism may have a negative stigma, you can check into our facilities without worrying about your reputation. Serenity is located in Chiang Rai in the North of Thailand: an 8 or 9 hour flight from Perth. We will pick you up at the airport too and drive you personally to our private rehab centre.

Reaching out to a Binge Drinking Rehab Center

Serenity Rehab in Thailand is an addiction treatment facility to help people detox from drugs or alcohol. From the initial withdrawal period, binge drinking and other substance abuse problems will be individually tacked through a customized treatment program. Our low, 1-1 staff to patient ratio, therapy and group sessions, holistic activities and vital relapse prevention techniques can help to restore long term sobriety and new found health. Moreover, our staff and unique binge drinking rehab program will be able to show a person how to enjoy life without turning to an alcoholic beverage.

If you or someone you know is a binge drinker, and would like to overcome this potentially debilitating problem, contact Serenity Chiang Rai Rehab today.

Drug and Alcohol Rehab Bunbury

Drug and Alcohol Rehab Bunbury

The Western Australian town of Bunbury suffers from drug and alcohol problems typical of smaller urban centres. With consumption high amongst certain demographics and a lack of proper rehab facilities, usage and harm from addictive substances is mostly unchecked despite the efforts of local law enforcement.

Drug and Alcohol Rehab Bunbury

The Western Australian town of Bunbury suffers from drug and alcohol problems typical of smaller urban centres. With consumption high amongst certain demographics and a lack of proper rehab facilities, usage and harm from addictive substances is mostly unchecked despite the efforts of local law enforcement.

Drug Consumption in Bunbury

There have been a number of news reports on the consumption and possession of illicit substances in Bunbury. At this year’s Groovin’ the Moo festival, 36 people were arrested trying to smuggle drugs into the grounds according to the Bunbury Mail. Eight people were charged with intent to sell and supply with the largest haul being 65 LSD tabs.

A number of high profile arrests have also been made. The Bunbury Mail writes about one which involved a player from the Busselton Football Club who was caught with amphetamines, tablets and smoking implements in his vehicle. He was subsequently banned from the club. The second was in WA Today and saw the daughter of a local MLA arrested for drug offences. She was caught with 101 grams of methylamphetamine, 125 grams of MDMA, 20 grams of cannabis and $1,700 cash in her home.

Drugs seem to be invading all aspects of Bunbury society as well. Yahoo News reports that consumption of illicit substances by offenders in the local jail was one of the highest in WA. Despite stricter enforcement, trafficking of contraband was still a major issue. In the public domain, police have conducted numerous drug busts in Bunbury. One of the largest was reported in the Bunbury Mail and involved 30 search warrants across the South West. 125 charges were laid and illegal drugs with a street value of between $500,000 and $1 million were seized. Drug paraphernalia, weapons and cash were also confiscated.

Bunbury and Alcohol Use

Although it is a smaller urban centre than Perth, Bunbury has seen a number of crimes associated with heavy drinking. Perth Now writes that three women were charged with drink driving in the space of a few hours, two of whom had children in the car. All had a blood alcohol level of above 0.08.

The effects of alcohol abuse range from innocent to deadly. Yahoo News writes of a 13 year old girl who went drinking for the first time. After her friends abandoned her in Brunswick, she stole a ute and drove it back to Bunbury where she was arrested with a blood alcohol level of 0.036. She was given a $20 fine and told to attend counselling. At the other end of the spectrum, a 48-year old man was killed in an unprovoked one punch attack by an intoxicated 23-year old. An article from Yahoo News mentions the assailant could not remember what happened that night except for the fact he bought more alcohol after the attack.

Rehab Options in Bunbury

There is only one government operated facility in Bunbury: South West Community Alcohol and Drug Services. This is a specialist team which aims at reducing the harm of excess consumption and abuse. It offers social outreach programs including assistance to indigenous people in Bunbury, Bridgetown, Collie, and Margaret River.

There have been numerous calls for a dedicated drug rehabilitation facility servicing the area. The Bunbury Mail had an article in 2014 saying there were no rehab or detox facilities in the South West despite harm from illicit drugs being on the increase due to the regional influx of amphetamines. The issue was again brought up by the Bunbury Mail in 2015 so it seems not much has changed with regards to offering local addicts the support they require.

Support Alternatives for Bunbury Residents

This situation puts locals into an awkward situation. Either they try to gain support through the only local service, which may be full, or they can check into a private practice somewhere in Australia. This can be expensive though and may not be covered by your insurance. Luckily there is a third option: booking into an overseas clinic such as Serenity in Thailand where the costs are lower and the treatment is still world-class.

Getting rehab overseas also means your privacy will be protected. Instead of hiding your struggle from friends, family and colleagues in Bunbury where drug use and alcoholism may have a negative stigma, you can check into our facilities without worrying about your reputation. Serenity is located in Chiang Rai in the North of Thailand: an 8 or 9 hour flight from Perth. We will pick you up at the airport too and drive you personally to our private rehab centre.

Drug and Alcohol Rehab Perth

Drug and Alcohol Rehab Perth

Western Australia’s capital has its own share of problems when it comes to drugs and alcohol. Not only have there been several fairly major drug busts in the city but local media has reported plenty of incidents related to illicit substances and heavy drinking. While there are a number of rehab centres in the area, locals who suffer from addiction may still find it difficult to find treatment for a number of reasons.

Drug and Alcohol Rehab Perth

Western Australia’s capital has its own share of problems when it comes to drugs and alcohol. Not only have there been several fairly major drug busts in the city but local media has reported plenty of incidents related to illicit substances and heavy drinking. While there are a number of rehab centres in the area, locals who suffer from addiction may still find it difficult to find treatment for a number of reasons.

Drug Use in the Perth Area

Perth is a city that has seen it all when it comes to drugs. WA Today wrote about one of the state’s largest drug busts with Perth police seizing 321 kilograms of methamphetamines. A gang of four illegal immigrants from Hong Kong had smuggled the drugs in concealed within Chinese tea packages. More than $1.4 million in cash was also confiscated.

Other arrests have also been made. In another case reported by Perth Now, a man was caught with large quantities of methamphetamines and cannabis plus over $100,000 in cash. Police also found seven motorbikes and off-road bikes in his home, four of which were confirmed to be stolen. It was believed this stolen property was sold to then purchase drugs.

In a more unusual incident, four women employed by the WA Substance Abuse Association were charged for drug-related offences. Police said one even tried to supply heroin. In a six-home raid, authorities found quantities of methamphetamines, heroin, cocaine and cannabis. All four were told to leave the Association with the chairwomen saying they needed to implement better screening protocols in the future.

Alcohol Consumption in Perth

There have also been a number of crimes reported that involved heavy drinking in Perth. One saw a 17 year old boy arrested for hosting a house party which got out of control. According to Perth Now, 200 youths were found intoxicated when police broke the event up. When told to go home, the youths trashed eight cars and disrupted train services by walking onto the tracks nearby. The host was sentenced to three months in juvenile detention.

Some incidents have been more serious. ABC News writes of one case in which a Perth driver pulled out in front of a vehicle carrying six people. The resultant crash killed the driver and injured all passengers. The individual was charged with drink driving with a positive blood alcohol reading over 0.08.

Authorities are aware of the issues with one magistrate warning alcohol use in Perth is actually more of an issue than the ice epidemic. Perth Now says heavy drinking causes more cases in the local court than any other type of addictive drug. Researchers are hoping consumption rates in WA fall in the future. According to ABC News, with local economic conditions declining, experts predict people will have less money for booze.

Rehab Options in Perth

There are a number of facilities funded by the Drug and Alcohol Office of the Western Australian government. These include the residential rehab centres of Palmerston Farm, Cyrenian House and the Saranna Program. Services include counselling, group therapy, family programs and art activities for adult and youths including indigenous Australians.

Although there may be a wide range of facilities, patients may come up against lengthy waiting lists. This is especially true thanks to the ice epidemic in Perth with treatment often taking as long as 15 weeks to complete after a three week detox programme. This means those who are seeking a faster solution may have to look elsewhere to successfully combat their addiction.

Alternatives for Perth Local

If you don’t want to hop onto the waiting list at one of these government-funded clinics and don’t have the funds to enter a private Australian treatment centre, we recommend looking overseas instead. Siam Rehab is found outside Chiang Rai, Thailand where the cost of living makes the total price of rehab so much cheaper. We still offer our clients an international standard of care as well.

We are also a great way for you to get treated in complete privacy. Rather than checking into a local Perth clinic where your family, friends or colleagues may find out, we offer a confidential setting in a foreign country where you can enter rehab without worrying about the negative stigma that drug and alcohol addiction can bring. Chiang Rai is an 10 or 12 hour flight from Perth Airport as well. We will also pick you up on arrival to make your journey here that much easier.