Thursday, April 30, 2009

Improve your Self Esteem to Stay Away fom Drugs

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One of the reasons of using drugs is low self esteem. Mostly young people start using drugs because of approval seeking behavior. If we help them improve their self esteem, we can help them from using drugs. First of all one needs to know what is self esteem and then we need to know how to improve our self esteem. In this post i will define self esteem and in my next post I will give a few tips to improve self esteem.
Self Esteem
The way you feel about yourself impacts how and why you do everything in life. If you feel good about yourself, then what you do will be an outside reflection of your innermost thoughts and feelings. Positive self-esteem comes from within and does not change because the circumstances change. High self-esteem is relatively stable even when the forecast looks foreboding.
Your self-esteem is like a star at night that shines brightest when it is the darkest. It is your inner light that burns brightly and freely no matter what is happening around you. Self-esteem is perfectly intact when we are born, in fact, it is inherent to us; however, it often diminishes over the course of our childhood. We lose a little of it whenever we fail, make mistakes, misbehave, feel guilty, refuse to forgive, neglect ourselves, and/or do things we are ashamed of. As an adult, we sometimes feel as if our self is in pieces--- that we are somehow not whole and complete.
This is not true. We are whole and complete even with our missing pieces and broken parts. We just need to decide to gather up ourselves up and become whole again. I am willing to bet that when you look back over your life, the first thing that comes to mind is the regret, the sad times in your past. Do you see the pieces of yourself lying along the path of your life? The ones where you didn’t feel good enough, or where you were criticized or blamed by someone else? But have you ever stopped to look at the memories of when you won the prize, felt really great, on top of the world----those moments that prove what a wonderfully amazing human being you are?

Early Signs Of Risk That May Predict Later Drug Abuse

Some signs of risk can be seen as early as infancy or early childhood, such as aggressive behavior, lack of self-control, or difficult temperament. As the child gets older, interactions with family, at school, and within the community can affect that child’s risk for later drug abuse.
Children’s earliest interactions occur in the family; sometimes family situations heighten a child’s risk for later drug abuse, for example, when there is:

  • a lack of attachment and nurturing by parents or caregivers;
    ineffective parenting; and
  • a caregiver who abuses drugs

But families can provide protection from later drug abuse when there is:

  • a strong bond between children and parents;
  • parental involvement in the child’s life; and
  • clear limits and consistent enforcement of discipline

Interactions outside the family can involve risks for both children and adolescents, such as: poor classroom behavior or social skills; academic failure; and association with drug-abusing peers.
Association with drug-abusing peers is often the most immediate risk for exposing adolescents to drug abuse and delinquent behavior.
Other factors—such as drug availability, trafficking patterns and beliefs that drug abuse is generally tolerated—are risks that can influence young people to start abusing drugs.

Help Your Child Stay Away From Drugs

Given below are a few tips for parents to help their children prevent from using drugs.

1-Discuss the Issue
Children get to know a lot though their peers and mostly they tend to develop misconceptions about drug and alcohol abuse. So make sure to take out some time and discuss these issues with your children and help them understand the harmful effects of drug or alcohol abuse.
2-Listen to your Child
Pay attention to your child and carefully listen to him when he or she comes up with questions or concerns related to drugs. Encourage your child to share his o her feelings with you and be supportive.
3- Help your Child Develop Self Confidence
Let your child know about his or her strengths and potentials. Prais your child's efforts and achievements. It will help your child develop confidence and self esteem. If you have to correct your child's behavior, don't criticize him rather let your child know that he needs to change his behavior. Remember to be a good role model.
4- Help your Child Develop Strong Values
Set rules, standards and values and be a good example. You follow these values first and your child will learn to practice it too. Remember it will help your child feel good about himself.
5- Help your Child Cope with Peer Pressue
Help your child understand the importance of being an individual. Make him ealize that he is a unique individual. As a result your child will learn to accept himself. Sel acceptance help children resist peer pressure.
6-Help your Child to Get Involved in Healthy and Creative Activities
Look for activities that you and your child can do together. It will give you a chance to understand your child. Moreover, your child will feel good about it.
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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Psychological Problems

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Sunday, April 26, 2009

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Cannabis compounds: Signs and symptoms

Cannabis compounds are found in marijuana and hashish. Signs and symptoms of use and dependence on these drugs include:
A heightened sense of visual, auditory and taste perception; Poor memory; Increased blood pressure and heart rate; Red eyes; Decreased coordination; Difficulty concentrating; Increased appetite; Slowed reaction time; Paranoid thinking; Sexual problems and infertility and Drug induced psychosis.

Opioids: Signs and symptoms

Opioids are narcotic, painkilling drugs produced naturally from opium or made synthetically. This class of drugs includes heroin, morphine, codeine, methadone and oxycodone (OxyContin).
Signs and symptoms of use and dependence on these drugs include:
Reduced sense of pain, Sedation, Depression, Confusion, Constipation, Slowed breathing, Needle marks (if injecting drugs), Risk of developing HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis.

Inhalants: Signs and symptoms

The signs and symptoms of inhalant use vary depending on what substance is inhaled. Some commonly inhaled substances include glue, paint thinners, correction fluid, felt tip marker fluid, gasoline, cleaning fluids and household aerosol products. When inhaled, these products can cause brief intoxication and a decreased feeling of inhibition. Long-term use may cause seizures and damage to the brain, liver and kidneys. Inhalant use can also cause death.

Designer drugs: Signs and symptoms

Synthetic compounds, such as Ecstasy, which has both amphetamine-like and hallucinogenic effects, are included in this category.

Signs and symptoms of using designer drugs vary depending on the drug. You might be able to tell that a family member or a friend is using or abusing a drug based on the physical and behavioral signs and symptoms associated with the drug.
For example, Ecstasy produces a mild hallucinogenic effect and a feeling of euphoria. It also causes an increased heart rate, overheating, high blood pressure, kidney and liver toxicity, and memory problems.

Central nervous system stimulants: Signs and symptoms

This class of drugs includes amphetamines, methamphetamine, cocaine and methylphenidate (Ritalin). Signs and symptoms of use and dependence on these drugs include:
Euphoria, Decreased appetite, Rapid speech, Irritability, Restlessness, Depression as the drug wears off , Nasal congestion and damage to the mucous membrane of the nose in users who snort drugs, Insomnia, Weight loss, Increased heart rate, blood pressure and temperature and paranoia.

Central nervous system depressants: Signs and symptoms

Barbiturates and benzodiazepines are examples of central nervous system depressants. Phenobarbital, amobarbital (Amytal) and secobarbital (Seconal) are examples of barbiturates. Benzodiazepines include tranquilizers such as diazepam (Valium), alprazolam (Xanax), oxazepam (Serax), lorazepam (Ativan), clonazepam (Klonopin) and chlordiazepoxide (Librium).
Signs and symptoms of use and dependence on these drugs include:
Drowsiness, Slurred speech, Lack of coordination, Memory impairment, Confusion, Slowed breathing and decreased blood pressure, Dizziness, Depression, Prolonged use can cause inhibited sexual response.

Drug Addiction

Drug addiction is a brain disease because the abuse of drugs leads to changes in the structure and function of the brain. Although it is true that for most people the initial decision to take drugs is voluntary, over time the changes in the brain caused by repeated drug abuse can affect a person's self control and ability to make sound decisions, and at the same time send intense impulses to take drugs.
It is because of these changes in the brain that it is so challenging for a person who is addicted to stop abusing drugs. Fortunately, there are treatments that help people to counteract addiction's powerful disruptive effects and regain control. Research shows that combining addiction treatment medications, if available, with behavioural therapy is the best way to ensure success for most patients. Treatment approaches that are tailored to each patient's drug abuse patterns and any co-occurring medical, psychiatric, and social problems can lead to sustained recovery and a life without drug abuse.
Similar to other chronic, relapsing diseases, such as diabetes, asthma, or heart disease, drug addiction can be managed successfully. And, as with other chronic diseases, it is not uncommon for a person to relapse and begin abusing drugs again. Relapse, however, does not signal failure—rather, it indicates that treatment should be reinstated, adjusted, or that alternate treatment is needed to help the individual regain control and recover.
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