The Middle-East is a region that poses a direct threat to active addiction. With severe outcomes, it's becoming lethal if not suicidal to continue using here. For example, addicts get beheaded in Saudi Arabia. In the U.A.E, possessing narcotics could lend you some prison time. Also, there is a dearth of treatment options available for the still suffering addict.  As a result, addicts are not getting the help they truly need to overcome this illness.

At Solace Sabah, we're able to treat addicts from this illness. Treatment addresses the illness from a medical perspective. We treat our clients as patients, not criminals. We give our clients the dignity to recover. Upon returning home, they will be able to live a safer life in recovery.


DRuG ADDiction

Drug addiction is a disease of the midbrain. When addicts take drugs, they flood the brain with the neurotransmitter dopamine. When enough dopamine gets released, the brain will reduce dopamine receptors. When this happens, the addict will find that he/she will need to take more drugs for the same high. This, we call, drug tolerance.

Over time, as drugs are sought for its ability to control dopamine, it will become a staple. The need to use will replace other survival mechanisms. It will become more important than food and drink. Thus, drugs will become the root of survival. When this happens, the addict cannot see a life without drugs. Addiction would have already set in. Drug addiction is a real disease that can only be treated by full-time residential care.

At Solace Sabah, we have ways to address this illness. It's based on the latest scientific research and professionalism. But, first, you need to know the signs of the addiction.


Drug addiction signs

It may not be too late to detect if someone has an addiction. People suffering from addiction exhibit a variety of signs. You may notice that they don't pay much attention to you. They are anxious at any given moment, and that their health has deteriorated. These are but some signs you could make out from someone in active addiction. Yet, it's not conclusive.

There's a need to know specifically, the signs and symptoms of drug addiction. Some of these signs may coincide with other illnesses. For example, it's easy to confuse the shivers of withdrawal with a viral attack. Also, addicts have used these similarities to hide their disease from others. Many times, they will explain away the addiction by saying they are sick. It's part of being in denial, as that too, is a sign of addiction.

The real physical symptom of addiction are the drug cravings. Addicts will leave home anytime, to pursue their one desire: more drugs. When they do not get the drugs, their bodies will begin to shiver and quiver. These are signs of forced withdrawals. Also, there will be signs of abuse on their bodies. E.g., needle marks should they take drugs intravenously. There may also be burnt marks from hot bongs. You may even find slashes on the skin due to suicidal tendencies. Another physical sign are the regularity of sicknesses. Drugs and drugging culture lowers the immunity. Thus, addicts get sick more often than normal people.

Social signs of addiction include isolation. The addict will not want to be around people who are not using drugs. They find such company boring and repulsive because they want to use. So, they will be with people who will support that behaviour. This may explain the long period of absence from home. It'll also explain why a great deal of these absences are unreasonable. Addicts will make up nonsensical excuses and stories to justify their behaviour.

Drugs affect the way the brain works. For hashish and marijuana users, the brain will slow down. For amphetamine users such as methamphetamines and captagon, the brain will gear up. Either way, addicts will become crazy. Their thinking will be more rigid. They will be obsessed about getting the next high. Over time, their minds will fog out and blur. They will not be able to hold two thoughts together at the same time. It will result in a psychotic breakdown.

Addicts will exhibit aggressive behaviours, especially towards loved ones. The closer your relationship with the addict, the higher the hostility. They blame their loved ones for their addiction. This makes them vulnerable to arguments and outbursts of rage and anger.

Also, they get depressed and see no prospect in living beyond their next high. All this creates immense irritability and hypersensitivity for those in active addiction. They have used the drugs to numb their emotions. So much so that when faced with any emotion, they become reactive, if not radioactive.

What kind of a person is an addict? He/she will lie, cheat, and steal. The addicts' values are not based on honest living. They're based on getting the next high. They do not care about anyone but themselves and their immediate drug needs. This makes them dishonest, value-less, and apathetic.

At times, we may get frustrated by their behaviour, but we have to understand that this is their sickness. Addicts, anywhere, will behave the same way. Thus, addiction is not a fault in character but creates defects. It's for this reason that recovery is a time when addicts will learn how to love. Their personality will get better. We've written about the life addicts can look forward to in recovery. Click here to know more. Also, get to know the addicted personality by clicking on this link.


Seek Treatment at Solace Sabah

Located in Kota Kinabalu in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo, we are a drug and alcohol rehab. It's far away from the judgement and prejudice that addicts face in the Middle-East.

We treat addiction from a biopsychosocial-spiritual model. From a biological perspective, we treat the body to stop craving drugs. We have an intensive medical detoxification program. You may read more about it here. This will remove the effects of the drugs on the body's system.

We have various therapies to treat the addicted mindset. There is a need to change certain core beliefs around the self. When these change, behaviours and feelings will follow. We call this type of therapy CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy). We also apply other therapies when required for various presenting problems. All our clients will get individual attention in treatment.

We hold group therapies to enhance the social aspect of the addict. Addicts live in isolation. Our group therapies enable the addict to see from others, the effects of their behaviours. They can choose to share and change those unwanted patterns of living. Our clients live in a therapeutic community wherein peers help the recovery process.

We are set in a muslim-friendly environment. Being in Malaysia, we serve Halal cuisine. We will also cater to your religious needs such as mosque visits on Fridays. Some of our clinicians are Muslim themselves. So, you will have Islamic support in your recovery.

Our centre hosts clinicians from all over the world. They are from South Africa, U.K, U.S., and Europe. Our clinicians have professional experience in treating addiction. Also, they will be able to give you the help that you need to get better. For more information, give us a call. We're always here to help.