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When you took your first drink or smoked your first joint or even popped your first ecstasy tab in a club, did you think about the possible consequences? Of course not. Life’s for aliving, having fun with your friends, partying. When you’re young, you’re untouchable, you are eternal. You look at your peers, and you copy them. You look at adults, and, yes, you copy them too. Youth – you can’t beat that feeling of forever it gives you.

 

I’m no killjoy. I loved a good time and had a good time with the best of them. For a while, at least. I still love a good time, don’t get me wrong. It’s just now it can’t be driven by chemicals I drink or smoke or ingest for the sole purpose of affecting my brain. It’s as simple as that. Why? Because I’m an addict. I suffer from the chronic brain disease that is anaddiction. Back when I was younger, left untreated, I would probably have died. Actually, the evidence was and still is quite clear. Somebody else would be writing this.

 

Addiction doesn’t care about the personal or social or physical or mental consequences of being in your life, being right there in your head, today and every day. As an addict, you don’t care either. You only care about chasing that feeling, that removal from the real world, that got your hooked on your substance of choice in the first place.

 

In case you’re wondering, I’m not drunk, high or wasted. Right now, I’m me. Years of abuse came to an end with months of treatment in a rehab center, and now years of hard recovery, out here in the real world, one I can’t afford to escape or hide from anymore. Treatment is about getting clean; recovery is about staying that way.

 

What follows are 6 essential facts you need to know about addiction. They will educate you (hopefully), but they will offer no guarantees that you won’t become an addict yourself. By the same token, they won’t predict your future when dealing with addictive substances or behavior.

 

  1. Addiction is Non-Discriminatory

 

So why do some people become addicts and others don’t? As an addict, I can’t tell you, and that’s the truth. If I were a fully-qualified, medical professional, even specializing in addiction and its causes, I could not (repeat, not) give you a definitive answer either. I could speak to you about the possible factors involved, and the potential indicators of a predisposition to the disease, like genetics, history of sexual or physical abuse, the age you start, and so forth, but that would be it.

 

No-one, absolutely no-one, can look at you, speak with you, and examine you and say, “Don’t ever drink. You will 100% turn into a drunk,” or “Never smoke a joint. You’ll be on crack before the year is out.” Addiction doesn’t discriminate – it doesn’t care who you are. It also doesn’t care that it is a potentially fatal disease, and you could well be its next victim.

 

  1. Addiction Has No Cure

 

Addicts, once clean, have only one option – to stay clean. There is no secret pill to remove the disease of addiction from your brain and your life, no-one to cast a magical spell and it’ll all be over. You have the disease, and only staying clean, living with it in acceptance every day, will protect you from its harm.

 

I’d like to share this with you. When I left my rehab, at our last group meeting there together, the others wrote messages on the whiteboard, to wish me well on the next part of the journey. I remember them all, but one got it just right:

 

If you can, you won’t be back.

If you can’t, you won’t be back either.”

 

How true…

 

  1. Substance Addiction = Brain Damage

 

Many of the substances that people become addicted to are the result of the impact of their constituent chemicals upon the brain. In other words, how they make you feel, your “buzz.” However, long-term use of these drugs will damage the way your brain functions, even the brain’s physical structure. It can well lead to physical problems in other parts of your body, simply because your brain is unable to function properly.

 

The potential damage to your brain includes:

 

  • Mental HealthDisorders, such as
    • Anxiety and Depression
    • SleepDisorders
    • Aggression
    • Possiblepsychosis
  • MemoryImpairment, eg. blackouts
  • Actual Brain Shrinkage (caused by the brain’s inability to repair damaged cells)
  • Hepatic Encephalopathy (caused by cirrhosis of the liver)
  • Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome: Initially, Wernicke’s encephalopathy, followed by Korsakoff syndrome; symptoms include:
    • Severememoryloss
    • Confabulation (orinventedmemories)
    • Lack of perception
    • Inability to converse
  • Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: Impairment of brain development in unborn children

 

  1. Addiction is Financial Costly Too

 

The impact, in terms of the damage to those affected by addiction, is incalculable. You have the addicts themselves, their families, their friends, their work colleagues, the societies and communities they were once part of, and the list goes on and on. However, look at it in strictly financial terms, and it is calculable.

 

Google the term “cost of addiction in the US” and you’ll get plenty of results, with all of them running intobillion-dollar sums. For example, the financialcost of alcohol addiction alone in the U.S. is $249 billion every single year. Look at the problem of U.S. drug misuse, and the figure gets higher. Addiction and abuse of drugs cost an estimated $484 billion every year, including such things as healthcare, lost wages, crime and associated criminal proceedings, to name but a few of the knock-on effects.

 

  1. Addiction Could Even Be Waiting in Your Bathroom Cabinet

 

When people think of addicts, they think of “no-hopers,” pretty much like the one I used to be. Now, however, I’m a recovering addict and I have hope. They probably won’t look at the guy across the street, in real pain with his back for months now, and think the same thing. However, with addiction’s non-discriminatory nature, that guy’s at risk too.

 

The rise of opioid abuse through painkilling medication in the U.S. over recent years has been astronomical. People living in physical pain are at high risk of becoming addicted to the very painkillers, prescribed by their doctors, that are meant to alleviate their physical suffering. Worse still, many opioid addicts will move onto heroin, due to tolerance factors.

 

  1. The Good News: Addiction is Treatable

 

Addiction has no cure. However, you can receive a special treatment for it. There are many types of addiction – substance (drugs, alcohol, nicotine, etc.), gambling, and sex are the most common – and all have treatment programs available, designed and modified from years and years of study and research.

 

Your chances of success are yours, and yours alone. Yes, there is medicated detox, one-to-one and group therapy, counseling, regular “anonymous-type” meetings, exercise regimes, new diets, meditation classes, and so on, but, in the end, it is your life, your choice, and your recovery.

 

Think Seriously…

 

So, those are your 6 essential facts about addiction – facts you need to be aware of: it’s non-discriminatory, there is no cure, substance abuse is brain damage, it’s costly in so many ways, it can even be lurking in your bathroom cabinet, but, and I repeat, but, it is treatable.

 

This has been a stark article to write, but what is written above is important to get across. If there are other points you think need to be made or examples of your own experiences with the disease of addiction, please share in the comments below. Do you think, for example, there will ever be a cure for something like alcohol addiction, or are we always destined to live under its potential shadow? Please, let us know your thoughts.

 

If any of the above has made you think seriously about your alcohol consumption, you social drug use, even a particular behavior you constantly seek to make happen, pleasespeak to someone, a friend, a family member or your doctor. Remember, addiction can be treated, and that will never change.

As people become extra health-conscious, most of us have taken a difficult check out our nutritional practices as well as task levels, making improvements along the way. While we could eat far better as well as work out greater than before, there is still one essential area that lots of people forget. That area is hydration. Water is of unbelievable importance in our general wellness, and also Americans just do not consume a sufficient amount of it. Allow us to discover several of the many benefits of boosting one’s everyday water consumption.

 Efficiency as well as Strength

 The human body are consisted of over seventy percent water, which degree leaps to virtually 85% in our major muscles. Encountering dehydration, active individuals’ bodies struggle to execute. Lack of appropriate water can result in impaired thinking, dizziness, as well as imbalances in the electrolytes that aid convey signals from the mind to the muscles. The outcome is a major loss of physical efficiency.

 Dehydration is additionally an usual reason for reduced energy levels. This relates to everyday individuals, not simply exclusive athletes. Rather than having a high-carb snack or consumption that cup of coffee, attempt consuming a glass or 2 of water. Our brains perform at their optimal when effectively hydrated, and also this substantially impacts our power degrees as well as awareness.

 Food Digestion & Urinary Health

 A lot of us comprehend that not drinking enough water can lead to irregular bowel movements. Our bodies depend upon water to purge contaminants and also wastes from our gastrointestinal systems. Including an appropriate amount of water intake helps our digestive system systems function much more successfully, which could improve general wellness.

 The very same applies to our kidneys. Chronic dehydration could lead to the development of unpleasant kidney stones, which are not normally serious however can lead to kidney damage and kidney failure if enabled to expand. Purging the toxic substances from our kidneys is a breeze with increased day-to-day water consumption.

 Last Thoughts

 The above are just a few of the many ways that water is important to our health. Consuming extra water isn’t tough to do; just add water per meal, and sip from a bottle throughout the day. Prior to you understand it, you as well as your body organs will be better as well as healthier compared to ever!

Proactol is a medically certified fat binder. Fat binders are nothing but supplements that help weight loss by preventing the fat being absorbed by the body. The fat binders are available in tablet form, pill or drink. The major portion of the food intake is fat. By reducing the intake of fat daily, the fat binder adds to the weight loss. There are many fat binders available in the market. Proactol is one among the popular fat binder. Proactol help in weight loss by reducing the absorption of fat within the body. These fat binders are very effective when they are taken before every meal. Everything we eat is not absorbed by the body, but they are excreted out. This prevents the extra weight added to the body. It also reduces the digestion speed keeping you fuller long time. This will reduce your appetite. The body will think that you are not hungry and you do not require as much as the food you normally have.

These fat binders will increase the metabolism and reduce the bad cholesterol in the body. They will start working as soon as one consumes the food. There are many herbal fat binders available in the market which is natural. These fat binders have to be certified for safety and efficiency. These fat binders are available online. Like any other medicine, the fat binders may have side effects too. The side effects include gas with oily discharge, stomach discomfort, headaches, increased bowel movements, skin problems, dental problems, and cold like symptoms.

 

Some of these fat binders are costly too. They also have health benefits like lowering the risk of heart diseases and stroke. So before starting to take any supplements, it is an individual’s responsibility to read all the precautions and side effects too. There are many factors taken into consideration before buying any supplements. First, we need to read all the reviews of customers already using this product. Because, if there is no effect then there is no point in investing a lot of money.

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