What are drugs? What is the disease of addiction and how does it originate? How does addiction affect an individual’s mind and body? What should I know before seeking treatment for addiction? Sadaqat Clinic can answers all your burning questions. Sadaqat Clinic is the best psychiatric and addiction treatment center in Karachi, Islamabad, and Murree, operating on the belief that the key to success in psychiatric and addiction treatment is equipping the individual with knowledge of disease concept and empowering lifestyle changes in them.
What are drugs?
Drugs are substances that are capable of affecting body’s function, either physically or psychologically. They are often used to numb physical or psychological pain or alter one’s mood, thoughts, or behaviours. Every drug has its own effects – some act as depressants, some are stimulants, and some are hallucinogens.
What drugs are used commonly in Pakistan?
Traditionally, cannabis, hashish, marijuana, alcohol, and opium are commonly used. Use of cough syrups, sleeping pills, crystal meth/ice, and narcotic injections have also grown at a dangerous rate in the past few years and heroin use has grown rapidly since the 1980s.
What kind of people use drugs and who develops the disease of addiction?
Any person, regardless of their socioeconomic status, religion, or personality, can use drugs. Drugs may be used for fun, to socialize, out of curiosity, to celebrate, to relieve stress of boredom, to cope with problems, as a way to self-medicate, or due to peer pressure. However, the disease of addiction originates as a result of a chemical abnormality in the individual, not due to factors related to mood or personality. Research has yet to certainly uncover when and how does this chemical abnormality develop in an individual.
What is the difference between a user and an addict?
There are two factors that clearly differentiate between a used and an addict
1. Maintenance Pattern
Here a person’s primary reason for using drugs is to keep withdrawal symptoms under control and keep functioning normally. Hence, a person sees the drug as a medication.
2. Loss of Control
Here a person loses control in 3 areas: the amount of drug consumed, time and place of drug use, and the duration of the drug use.