Category: Drug abuse

How to fight drug addiction-Real life examples

How to fight drug addiction-Real life examples

 

Addiction is a state that is characterized by compulsive drug use or compulsive engagement in rewarding behavior, despite negative consequences.

This is a menace that is soon taking a toll on a vast majority of the youths today…
Take for instance, the abuse of Tramadol in the youths of today, it is terrible, as many persons are incapacitated without this drug. A drug that was initially meant for moderate to serious pain killing.

In our previous post, we examined what happens in the brain during an addiction. 

So, that is why I’m writing this post, to assist you with information on how to manage drug, substance or drink addiction.


Without wasting much time, below are detailed tips that will guide you through out the management phase.

1. Stop the addiction with another addiction.

When I first learnt about that phrase, I was in my third year, in the faculty of Pharmacy, Niger Delta University, Nigeria, in my hostel, and my senior colleague, now a Pharmacist, was preparing for a mini presentation on drug abuse, and I helped him along with the typing of the PowerPoint presentation, and I stumbled on the phrase, and we talked about it.
It sounds funny, but it is true.
Sometimes we say, energy can neither be created nor destroyed, and sometimes it seems that the addiction cycle can not be broken, but the truth is, if we channel that energy into something else, we would probably forget about the addiction.
Talking About that, we know that, an idle mind is the devil’s workshop, so, instead of being idle, thereby causing us to remember what we are addicted to, we can develop another addiction and further develop ourselves. That is channeling the negative energy, to doing positive things.
If I’m addicted to smoking, most especially when idle, I could use that time to learn how to play football, and so, each time I remember smoking, I’d pick up my ball and start jogging around with it.. Before you know it, I’m exhausted, and won’t think about smoking.

2. Choose your circle wisely.

We are our friends, and our friends are us.
Move away from anybody that might not contribute to your goal plan. If I used to smoke or drink with a group, that not only encouraged me, but ginger me to consume more, I’ll have to move away from them if I’m committed to the goal. As simple as that.

3. Talk to people!

A problem shared, is a problem half solved. Always share your problems with trusted persons. Who knows? They might be your salvation.

4. Be committed to the Goal.

I want to quit cannabis, I have to be committed to the goal, and believe in the process, even if it seems slow.
You might find yourself going back to it once in a while, but don’t give up, stick to the goal… Just one day, it’ll be gone.

5. Make your doctor your friend.

Do you know that there are medications that can help you stop some addictions?



Try to talk to them, they’re are your friends and, they will help you out.
That wraps it up dear reader, Stay committed to process, and don’t forget to pray… It goes a long way

With ❤
John Omoku

Drug abuse, a time bomb

Drug abuse, a time bomb

Tramadol Hitler: The Angel of death
By John Omoku

 

Credit: Mc Adrian Photography

 

(It was a sunny afternoon, and wailings from old women and youths resonated from afar)
Woman 1: Chei!!! See this fine boy
Woman 2: E be like say na Epilepsy oo
Plantain seller: Make una pour am water!
Pedestrian: Make una flog am otapiapia.
(Then I said to myself, what could be happening? Otapiapia? So, I quickly put on my shirt and opened my gate)
Lo, it was a young man, he was lying helplessly, and happened to have what looked like a seizure.
Ah! Wetin happen na? I asked…



Barely could anyone answer, as all hands were on deck to revive the man. In few seconds, the medics arrived and took Mr. Man away.
Everywhere was quiet, then I asked my neighbor, abeg, Wetin do am?
Hmm! No be small thing o, she said… Na one labourer, him take 800mg of Tramadol oo, as Ein climb up with headpan, naso Ein fall from that one storey building.. Choi!(i shouted).
Dear reader, one storey building?
Tramadol dey give energy,
Tramadol dey help when Emeka disappoint
Tramadol dey make eye clear
Tramadol dey treat malaria.
Who told you?
Do you know that Tramadol can turn you to NEPA, before you know it, light Don go?

Read also what happens in your brain when you are addicted to Tramadol


Drug addiction is real, and it kills.
Help yourself, and let others help you.
You can do that job without that drug.
Don’t be a vegetable while you’re alive.
If you have any issues, talk to God, then talk to people.. Don’t self-Prescribe! Know your doctor/pharmacist.
Tramadol is a pain killer, and taking it for it’s side effects might end up killing you.
N/B: when you need energy, get a soft drink 😉
In course of reading this article, you’ll encounter some Nigerian slangs… The article features a story of a young labourer who was addicted to a certain drug(Tramadol), and met his doom after consuming a dose of 800mgs and fell off from a storey building while attempting to climb up the building with a headpan loaded with Cement. 
Indeed drug abuse and addiction ,is fast becoming a dangerous menace to existence, and together we can stop drug abuse and addiction!   
With ❤
John Omoku. 



Why you are addicted to that drug, and what happens in your Brain

Why you are addicted to that drug, and what happens in your Brain

Hello and welcome, I know you are probably here because you stumbled upon this post from the search engines, or from an article I wrote on Tramadol addiction, or someone must have sent you the link via other platforms… Well, either ways, you’re welcome again.
If you’re new to this blog, you’d notice that this is not a health blog,  but rather, a blog by John Omoku, where articles are shared, for the sole aim of reaching out to people and educating them by providing well thought out and researched information for the benefit of all men, and for bettering man’s existence. Some of them would require you to reflect on them, others such as this one, will give you information that will enlighten you and provide answers to your questions. You can read more about this blog by heading straight over to the About us page.

And so, no need to waste time, we’ll head straight over to the topic of the day.
As at the time of writing this post, I was in my fourth year, in the faculty of Pharmacy, Niger Delta University, Nigeria, and so, you’d have an idea why I’m making this post, and where I’m driving at. And if you just imagined that I want to pass on the knowledge that I’ve gained, then you might be just right.



So, today, I’ll be talking about the Brain’s rewarding system and how it affects drug abuse, and also, during the course of reading this post, you’ll find out how to manage drug addiction from real life examples.
What is The brain rewarding system?
Before I define that, I want you to know that this post is not intended, to display my pharmacology prowess, or my knowledge in anatomy and physiology, as there won’t be any cause for ambiguous grammar or terms, neither are we diving into the extremities of any of the above subjects, but in lame man terms, I’d make it as simple as possible.

Now to the definition.
The brain rewarding system is a collection of neural network of structures in the brain, that performs a function that may affect the way a substance is being consumed.

Now let’s see it as FIFA, the governing body of football. Every time a team wins a match, FIFA gives them money or souvenirs to compensate them, and some times promises them these monies before the football game, making the teams to try their best during the games to win that match, in order to qualify for the prize.

How does this relate to your brain rewarding system?
The brain rewarding system in this case is the FIFA body, and it rewards you each time you consume a particular substance, or food, at a particular amount or quantity.

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How does this affect drug addiction?
In simple terms, this is how it works…
Take for instance, you consume a drug, for the aim of achieving what you may call, “Highness”.
Consider that you take this drug at a dose of 100mgs, and you get that feeling of being high, what this means is, that, for the 100mgs consumed, your brain has rewarded you with that feeling of being high.

After a Long time, your brain now tells you that you need to step up that dose, and the brain no longer rewards you for that 100mgs that you usually consume to attain that feeling of being high.
Therefore, everytime you consume 100mgs, you may no longer get that feeling… And something tells you that you need to increase the dose. When you finally increase the dose, your brain now rewards you with the feeling of being high, and so from 100mgs to 200mgs, and after a while, 200mgs becomes ordinary and you will feel like increasing the dose, and this goes on, until the person might even get up to 400mgs.
Yes, it’s that bad, and can be caused by dependence on a certain drug, substance or even food.



And so, this is what happens in the brain, and it’s just one out of other mechanisms that goes on in the brain.
That is why, you have to know the consequences of what you’re about to do, or doing… And the results of course, are complexities of side effects which may lead to serious problems, that may affect delicate organs such as the kidneys and the liver, or may cause Death.

With ❤
John Omoku.