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May 2014

March 2014

February 2014

Hope Trust, as a part of its continuing effort of spreading awareness about addiction treatment, conducted a seminar at Bhopal (capital city of Madhya Pradesh) o
 
 
In our experience, parents usually think that their addiction has not really impacted their children in any significant way. Also, in our experience, this is not true – actually believing that the children are not affected by addiction in a family is part of the addictive denial.

January 2014

There are all sorts of rehab centres and treatment programs with varying range of effectiveness. If you are looking for the right rehab – it’s a difficult job with so many rehabs and so many different treatment approaches for alcohol and drug addiction.
Drugs have been abused since perhaps drugs have been around. Abuse leads to addiction, and addiction leads to so many problems, physically and mentally.
 
 
Addiction to a substance (alcohol, drugs) and other compulsive disorders such as gambling can wreak havoc on the person’s life. It affects all areas of the person – physical, mental, social (relationships), career, finance and spiritual.
 
Hope Trust is located in Hyderabad. Hyderabad is a centrally located city and is easily accessible by rail and air to rest of India and world. Hyderabad is an over-400 year old city with a rich cultural background.

November 2013

If your loved one is suffering from drug or alcohol addiction, it can be a frustrating experience – all your pleading, cajoling, explaining and advice will most likely not work. This is due to the powerful pull of addiction and the denial which is very much a part of it.
Have you ever felt so tired, beat-down and stressed out that conjuring feelings of gratitude seemed downright ridiculous, and perhaps even a little infuriating?
If so, you are not alone. The truth is, most of us have been raised in an environment where negativity trumps gratitude.

October 2013

Courage was a foreign concept to me for a very long time.
When I was using, I spent most of my time living in abject fear. Fear of being caught stealing from my family; fear of not being able to get my hands on alcohol and drugs; fear of getting caught in or forgetting one of the dozens of lies I was always telling; fear of everything, really. I was coming to a crisis and I knew it. My using had always been problematic but over the past two years I had completely subjugated my will to King Alcohol and was suffering mightily for it.

September 2013

Here is a dilemma, a question often asked and pondered upon:
If AA is such a wonderful way of recovering from alcoholism why is it that so few actually recover and live sober lives?
Listening: this is a really useful tool for progress, whether in recovery from addiction or growth in other areas of our lives!
Twelve Step recovery is based on the idea that healing from addiction begins when you become willing to share your story with another person. Our personal stories help us make sense of who we are, where we’ve been, and who we are becoming.
Think you know about addiction? Then these common myths may sound familiar:Myth 1: Drug addiction is voluntary behaviour.  You start out occasionally using alcohol or other drugs, and that is a voluntary decision. But as times passes, something happens, and you become a compulsive drug user. Why? Because over time, continued use of addictive drugs changes your brain - in dramatic, toxic ways at times, more subtly at others, but virtually always in ways that result in compulsive and even uncontrollable drug use.
Leading medical authorities such as WHO and the American Medical Association now recognize alcoholism as a disease, with definite and predictable symptoms.
Alcoholics Anonymous defines alcoholism as “cunning, baffling and powerful”.
The members of a family are interdependent on each other. Therefore, when there is stress, the whole family readjusts itself to bring stability and balance into their lives.
 
With an addict in the family, the rest of the family members begin to react in predictable ways.
In recovery, we often hear the slogan "Let Go, Let God". That's easier said than done!
How exactly do we practice this principle in our daily lives? How exactly do we let go and let God in recovery?
The process of doing so successfully always starts with awareness.





The risks of alcohol and drug use for those with bipolar disorder
One of the more common themes in addicts/ alcoholic's bipolar stories is the role that substance use has had in the course of their disorder. Sometimes it's simply part of the stormy adolescence that precedes their diagnosis. For others, it's more a part of the storm that follows. But either way it's almost never a helpful or curative part of their narrative.

August 2013

"Addiction"
Hopeless, helpless and dying.
Anyone that has lived with a severe chemical addiction is very familiar with those realities. Soon the thought of actually being dead seems better than a life of torment and daily decay. The idea of just ceasing to exist is the only comfort that you feel.
Depending on how entrenched you are in the lifestyle of drug and alcohol addiction, you are going to need something of a "clean slate" in order to recover.
Importance of Understanding the Root of Addiction



Opinions in Addiction:
Addicts can be highly opinionated people. It is a characteristic of the addictive personality and may be due to feelings of low self esteem. These opinions can help the addict make sense of the world and their place in it.

July 2013

Finding Peace in Addiction Recovery
Most people will experience life as being full of ups and downs.
Searching for Higher Meaning with Drugs
In 1967 Timothy Leary advised the human race to turn on, tune in, drop out.
Life in Early Recovery
When people first become sober they can feel a bit overwhelmed by their new reality.
Importance of Faith in Addiction Recovery
When people break away from addiction they are likely to see some benefits immediately.
Zen and Meaning in Recovery
When people first become sober their life can lack meaning.
Damage Caused by Addiction
When people first begin using alcohol or drugs, they may at first experience pleasure and relaxation.
The Way Out of Suffering
Buddhism is one of the major world religions.
The Destruction Caused by Addiction
Escaping an addiction is a wonderful achievement, but it does not mean that everything is going to be perfect right away.

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