Dr. Sagar Mundada is De-addiction and Addiction specialist in Mumbai. Addiction is a major cause of morbidity and mortality all over the world. In India, there is a growing variety of substances people are getting addicted to. The impact of addiction on personal and professional life is substantial.
What is Addiction:
Addiction is nothing but physical and mental dependence on psychoactive substances which cross the blood-brain barrier once ingested, temporarily altering the chemical milieu of the brain. Some psychology professionals and many laymen now mean ‘addiction’ to include an abnormal psychological dependency on such things as gambling, food, sex, cutting, and shopping. Addiction is a form of the disease, and it can pose a series of bad consequences on a person’s professional behavior, well-being, and physical wellness.
What Causes an Addiction?
The reward that one receives from a pleasurable activity is called ‘positive reinforcement’. People drink, for example, to feel good, confident and relaxed. Alcohol and drugs are chemical substitutes for ‘natural reinforcers’ but more powerful and persistent. Continuous exposure to this can initiate increased drug-seeking behavior and set the stage for addiction. If an addict stops their harmful behavior, they get the opposite effect to reward and go into withdrawal. There are many forms of addiction, and each one poses its own series of risks. Addiction is difficult to cover. As chronic substance abuse remains, it will affect almost every aspect of the user’s life. Their ability to focus may be diminished, their mood may fluctuate, and their interests will likely change as drug cravings become necessary.
- – Alcohol
- – Laxatives and Pain Medications
- – Prescribed Medication (Benzodiazepines)
- – Illicit Drugs (Cannabis, Opium, Cocaine & Hallucinogens)
- – Tobacco (Nicotine)
What We Offer:
- – Consultant intervention
- – Psychological intervention (including tests)
- – Vocational & social rehabilitation
- – Aftercare – follow up & monitoring
- – Fortnightly review
- – Feeling & craving control
- – Behavioral therapies (aversion, brain polarization, biofeedback, electrosleep, flooding, sex therapy)
- – Psychotherapies (insight orientation, cognitive, rational emotive, goal directive, in directive)
- – Therapeutic & detoxification
- – Habit formation
- – Relaxation exercises (progressive techniques, yoga & meditation)
- – Counseling (individual, group, family, marital & career guidance)