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Drug addiction and treatment

My enemy, my one true love.

You and your life matter.

We all have a story about the first time we used, drank or used and drank.
Back then we chose to use.
Back then we chose to drink.
But we also have a time in our lives when that all changed and we could no longer choose.

We are called addicts.
But we are more than addicts, we are people.
We love. We care. We feel. We fail.

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Do you need a luxury rehab in South Africa?

Making the decision to seek help for your addiction requires a great deal of strength and courage.

Unfortunately it is not the only decision you'll have to make.

There are a number of questions you need to ask and rehabilitation procedures you need to check in order to guarantee that the rehab you choose is not just a "luxury guesthouse" pretending to be a "luxury rehab centre".

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Are you feeling yourself without your meds?

Prescription drug abuse can be defined as taking medication differently to how you were instructed in order to feel the pleasurable effects or a “high” or to avoid the unpleasant side-effects of not taking the drug.

For example this could be taking your prescribed Ambien three or four times a day instead of the prescribed frequency and duration.

It’s important to be conscious of the long-term effects that continued prescription medication abuse can have on your body and overall quality of life.

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Addiction Rehabilitation Treatment Programmes

Step Away is an alcohol and drug rehabilitation centre in South Africa, we address alcohol abuse and drug addiction treatment holistically.

We offer a well-structured rehabilitation programme that is all-encompassing and supports the individual patient with the best professional addiction recovery programme possible.

Our addiction recovery programmes cater to both men and women over the age of 18, with Step Away being one of the few rehabilitation centres to accept both genders.

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Choosing the best rehab to avoid addiction recovery and treatment relapse

The success rate for first time recovery is currently only 20-30 percent in conventional talk therapy addiction treatment programmes.

Many patients recover after subsequent treatments, but with such alarming statistics it’s not surprising that many people think alcohol and drug addiction treatments are ineffective.

What makes Step Away Rehabilitation and Treatment Centre different?

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Instant Gratification - alcohol and drug abuse vulnerability

Experimentation during adolescence is normal; there are a number of changes that people have to adjust to. Teens explore their new interests, discover new social structures and adapt to some new physical changes.

Throughout the years of transition there is a greater vulnerability to addiction because of the social changes youth face and the development stages their brains go through.

These stages involve the development of the parts of the brain which are responsible for impulse control and decision-making, including parts which regulate instant gratification and emotional expression.

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Are you vulnerable to substance abuse and addiction?

The latest research in the neurobiology of addiction points to genetics as a major component of the addiction process.

One example is the deficiency in the gene that is responsible for the D2 subtype of the Dopamine Receptor. 

The deficiency acts to make the individual less receptive to the natural ‘feel-good’ effects of Dopamine.

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Say NO to Slavery

Every person experiences and travels a different road to addiction; peer pressure and bullying, negative upbringings, or even older siblings.

There are ample reasons out there explaining why we are steadily losing the battle against drugs.

Religion, culture and or strong family or personal morals deter many individuals at first from experimenting with substances.

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Peer pressure – the shaping of social identity

This blog allows us to share information about drug and alcohol abuse, as well as drug and alcohol abuse rehabilitation and about our drug and alcohol recovery centre.

There are many reasons why individuals begin taking drugs, and it isn’t uncommon for them to feel alone in their reasons and feelings of anguish.

However, there are common factors that play a role in all abusive behaviour.

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Tripping may trigger a complete nervous breakdown

The human brain is extremely complex; because it is so delicate and fragile the slightest variation in chemical levels, process or structure has the potential to completely rearrange an individual’s persona, mental reasoning and understanding and in essence cause psychotic behaviour or episodes.

Lysergic Acid Diethylamide commonly known as LSD or acid is a psychedelic drug. This illegal substance, although non-addictive and found to cause no harm to the brain, can lead to acute psychotic reactions such as anxiety, paranoia and delusions.

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