Category: Indian Addiction and Recovery Blog

April 30, 2012

If you haven’t yet, check out part one of our series: Yoga, an Alternative Treatment Method Think about how an addiction begins—think about how your addiction began. Did someone with a re-assuring look place a "harmless" pill in your hand, or hand you a bottle with a trivial amount of alcohol sloshing near the bottom?… Read more »

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April 25, 2012

"Quick" and "easy" are two words you'll never hear during treatment. But one of the greatest hopes of many brown sugar, prescription drug and any variety of drug addicts remains that treatment would be just that: quick and easy. Because a cure doesn't exist for drug and alcohol addiction, treatment centres are forced to use… Read more »

Happy Indian Family
April 17, 2012

It’s no secret: recovering from addiction isn’t easy. In fact, it’s probably one of the most difficult things you or your loved one will ever have to go through. Here are ten tips that should help you through the recovery process. 1. One day at a time. As you begin to recover from your problem… Read more »

April 15, 2012

Have you ever felt all alone? Maybe hundreds of people surrounded you. Maybe even your loving family or a close friend was nearby, but that feeling of loneliness wouldn't leave you—it almost felt like there was no one else in world. No one to talk to. No one to relate with… This is how many… Read more »

Mandrax Money
April 9, 2012

Six years ago one of the biggest narcotic hauls of recent times took place. In Delhi, India police seized 4,400 kg of mandrax. The bags of small white pills, probably on their way to South Africa (the world's biggest consumer of the drug), was estimated at Rs. 2 billion. That's a lot of mandrax. That's… Read more »

Snake 1
April 5, 2012

A UP roadways bus heading towards Meerut on Tuesday night had more than just passengers on board. 500 ml of cobra venom accompanied by two live snakes (a baby python and a sand boa) were seized from the bus by the Delhi police. The bottle of venom, estimated at Rs 2 crore, was discovered in… Read more »

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March 26, 2012

Now it’s time to apply what we learned from parts one and two! Once you understand and unconditionally love your addicted loved one, it’s time to combine what you know— it’s time to intervene. Intervention (or confrontation) is your most powerful tool as you help your loved one seek treatment. 80% of interventions produce positive… Read more »

Hope and Despair
March 13, 2012

This is a continuation of the, “My Friend Needs Help” series. View Part 1: Understanding the Addict. Five months ago my grandfather died of kidney cancer. His condition before he passed away restricted him to a hospital bed—and there he existed; lying on a set of clean white sheets for the last few months of… Read more »

helpful person
March 10, 2012

When a loved one becomes a lost one, and you feel as if you've been replaced by a powdery substance, a pill, or a bottle—what do you do? …what can you do to help?? Before we get into the details of understanding an addict, think about how people develop the ability to help. How does… Read more »

glass of alcohol
March 3, 2012

Am I an alcoholic? Do I really have a problem? And if I do, do I need to seek help? Like any other addiction, before an alcoholic can recover, the disease must be identified and accepted by the addict himself. But how do you identify an alcohol addiction? Alcohol Addiction | Identification The CAGE questionnaire… Read more »

Delhi article
February 17, 2012

DELHI: Last Monday a comprehensive national policy to aid in the curbing of drug abuse was announced by finance minister, Pranab Mukherjee. The policy responds to the intensifying drug menace in India, and represents India's strong commitment of rising to the challenge presented by substance abuse in our country. [ref][/ref] India: A Magnet for Substance… Read more »

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February 7, 2012

Baahir sinks his brown hand into the soil and pulls out a handful of black dirt. Water seeps into the hole he formed, and he drops two seeds that splash into the ground. Habitually, he brushes the soil back over the seeds, and begins forming the next hole. Baahir is a heroin addict, and he… Read more »

Punjab 3
February 3, 2012

"It's as if we're sitting on a time bomb that can explode at any time." Dr. JPS Bhatia, a local doctor who has run a Punjab rehab clinic for the last 15 years, said this regarding the drug menace in Punjab. [ref][/ref] And as the impact of the 2012 elections continue to develop, the… Read more »

January 28, 2012

You've walked around the casino for the last three hours feeding slot machines, playing roulette, feeling the thrill of winning and the agony of losing. But right now you feel lucky, a sort of feeling you couldn’t explain to someone, but makes perfect sense to you. A feeling where when going up against 1 and… Read more »