Addiction

A continuous involvement in an action or a behavior despite the adverse consequences in all the areas of our life such as physical, mental, relationship, finance , job health, social and spiritual. Addiction is nothing but an obsession and compulsion towards an action or behavior.

Addiction is a disorder of the brain's reward system which arise through transcriptional and epigenetic mechanisms and occurs over time from chronically high levels of exposure to an addictive stimulus (e.g., morphine, cocaine, sexual intercourse, gambling, etc.) In the year 1956 WHO recognized addiction as a disease with the definition stating that “A physical craving mingled with mental obsession leads to a spiritual bankruptcy”.

Since the denial is the common syndrome In the disease of addiction it is very difficult for an individual to accept the need for the treatment against his disease. At this juncture an addict can ask the following test questions and answer them as honestly as he can. (If the answers are 'No' to all the questions, re-answer them with the help of your spouse or the closest member from your family).

Questionnaire

1 Do you lose time from work due to usage of alcohol/drug? Yes No
2 Is using of alcohol/drug making your home life unhappy? Yes No
2 Do you use alcohol/drug because you are shy with other people? Yes No
4 Is using alcohol/drug affecting your reputation? Yes No
5 Have you ever felt remorse after using alcohol/drug? Yes No
6 Have you ever got into financial difficulties as a result of using alcohol/drug? Yes No
7 Do you turn to lower companions and an inferior environment when using alcohol/drug? Yes No
8 Does using alcohol/drug make you careless of your family's welfare? Yes No
9 Has your ambition decreased since using alcohol/drug? Yes No
10 Do you crave for use of alcohol/drug at a definite time daily? Yes No
11 Do you want to use alcohol/drug the next morning? Yes No
12 Does using of alcohol/drug cause you to have difficulty in sleeping? Yes No
13 Has your efficiency decreased since using alcohol/drug? Yes No
14 Is using alcohol/drug jeopardizing your job or business? Yes No
15 Do you use alcohol/drug to escape from worries or trouble? Yes No
16 Have you ever had a complete loss of memory as a result of using alcohol/drug? Yes No
17 Do you use alcohol/drug alone? Yes No
18 Has a physician ever treated you for using alcohol/drug? Yes No
19 Do you use alcohol/drug to build up your self-confidence? Yes No
20 Have you ever been in a hospital or institution on account of using alcohol/drug? Yes No

Analysis of questionnaire

If you have answered YES to any one of the questions, there is a definite warning that you may be an alcoholic/addict. If you have answered YES to any two, the chances are that you're an alcoholic/addict. If you have answered YES to three or more, you are definitely an alcoholic/addict. (John Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA uses the above test questions, in deciding whether or not a person is an alcoholic/addict).

‘Addiction is a highly relapse –prone disease. A rigorous maintenance schedule is essential in order to stay sober.'

We recognize that every person entering treatment has different needs, our treatment plans are individualized for each patient. The Spirit of Freedom treatment team utilizes a multi-faceted approach to the delivery of care, acknowledging the many factors that contribute to alcoholism and drug addiction. Utilizing a 12 Step philosophy, the bio psychosocial model of treatment includes nursing and medical care, individual and group counseling, a family program, and a focus on diet, nutrition and physical fitness.