Eating Disorders Don’t Discriminate

Eating Disorders Don’t Discriminate

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Eating Disorders Don’t Discriminate: What are Eating Disorders

Eating disorders, much like addictions, are no respecter of age, weight, social status, race, or ability. Many feel eating disorders are a lifestyle choice. A choice made simply to fit into a particular mold. However, this could not be further from the truth. Eating disorders are, in fact, serious and many times fatal. It causes illnesses that create severe issues with a person’s eating behaviors. Obsessions with food, body shape, and weight are signals that an eating disorder is developing or exists. The three most common disorders will be described below. Along with potential treatment options.

Anorexia Nervosa

People with anorexia nervosa, most commonly referred to as anorexia, may see themselves as overweight. Even if they are much smaller than is healthy. They are likely to weigh themselves repeatedly during the day while restricted food intake. Sometimes to nothing. Many will end up dying from complications. Or in some cases, suicide. The first notable symptoms are of course a restriction of the amount and types of food they eat. A relentless pursuit of thinness. Plus a distorted body image. The individuals with anorexia will not recognize their unhealthiness. As it persists, they may show thinning of the bones, anemia, muscle wasting, and heart damage. Among other severe signs.

Bulimia Nervosa

Those with bulimia nervosa, typically just called bulimia, have a combination of recurrent binge eating and purging cycles. During binge eating episodes the person will indulge in large amounts of often unhealthy food. Which is then purged from the body by forced vomiting or the use of laxative and diuretics. Unlike anorexics, bulimics often maintain a healthy weight. However, they are not healthy. Symptoms of bulimia are a chronically sore throat, swollen glands in the neck and jaw. May also include acid reflux, severe dehydration, and electrolyte imbalances. Though a healthy weight is often maintained, the binging and purging cycle is tough on the body. It all results in a slow breakdown of the system.

Binge-Eating Disorder

Unlike bulimics and anorexics, binge eaters are typically overweight or obese. This is due to excessive overeating over time. Symptoms of binge eating include consuming large amounts of food in a short amount of time. As well as eating quickly, and eating when not hungry or already full. Many binge eaters will also hide their eating habits. Frequently diet without weight loss. Often feel shame and guilt over their behavior.


Eating Disorders Don’t Discriminate

Each of these eating disorders is dangerous. Each require specific treatment. The use of individual, family, and group therapy are popular. Medical care monitoring, nutritional counseling, and medications are often necessary. Through these treatments the person can learn to live a healthy life. All while taking care of themselves. The biggest obstacle to treatment for eating disorders is that unlike other addictions, eating is necessary. Most addiction treatments teach abstinence from the problematic substances. However, food is needed for survival. The sufferer must learn to live in a healthy relationship with food. If you or a loved one is struggling with an eating disorder than seek help immediately. DARA offers inpatient facilities that will support you or your loved one on their journey to a much healthier life that can be truly enjoyed.

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Three Reasons You Shouldn’t Use Meth

Three Reasons You Shouldn’t Use Meth

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Meth Addiction – A Worldwide Problem

Methamphetamine addiction has taken the world by storm. Beautiful international locales like Australia, New Zealand, Russia, the United States, and Asia have all been surged with crystal meth, which is causing devastation and destruction. Most people are surprised to learn that methamphetamines are the second most commonly used illegal substance in the world. Marijuana is number one.

Meth (also known as “ice”) is a central nervous stimulant that causes a user to feel speedy. It increases energy, which allows users to stay awake for days and even weeks at a time without food. Many say they feel superhuman when they abuse this drug and love the euphoria it creates. Ice addicts believe they can get more accomplished when they use the drug and like the way it makes them feel.

The problem is, ice is a very dangerous and highly addictive drug that can destroy the life of an individual and their family. While the high might feel great at first, there is only a downside to methamphetamine use.

Here are three reasons you shouldn’t use meth:

# 1 Meth rots your teeth and causes gum disease.

meth mouthHave you ever heard “meth mouth?” It is a legitimate condition. Ice is manufactured using harsh and abrasive chemicals that destroy the teeth and gums. Eventually, using this drug for an extended period of time can cause total annihilation of every tooth in someone’s mouth. Some people have to get all of their teeth removed because they can not be repaired. Meth mouth isn’t pretty. If you want to save your smile, you will have to give up the speed.

#2 Meth is an expensive habit.

Although it doesn’t cost very much to make ice, dealers jack up the street value so they can make more money selling their product. Many people rob and steal to support their habit or they look to their families to help them get their next fix. Some people sell their own bodies. Meth is highly addictive and always leaves you wanting more. If you want to have something to show for your money, don’t spend it on ice.

# 3 Meth causes you to violate your own values.

Ice causes people to do things they wouldn’t normally do if they were sober. People cheat on their spouses, disappoint their children, become unproductive employees, steal from the people they care about, and become all-around dishonest people in the course of their addiction to this drug. When most people get into recovery, they feel terrible about the things they did while they were hooked.

DARA Thailand Can Help You Find Freedom From Meth Addiction

No matter where you are in the world, DARA Thailand would love to have you come to us for treatment. We can help you recover from ice addiction and get your life back on track. Nothing good every comes from an addiction to ice. Before things get worse, contact us. We are here to help.

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We Believe In You

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At DARA Thailand, We Believe In You.

We Believe In You – Recovery Is Possible

At DARA Thailand, we believe in you. We believe that no matter what issue you are wrestling with, you can recover from it. People come to us from all over the world struggling with all kinds of addictions – including gambling, drugs, alcohol, shopping, sex, pornography, and food. We have helped thousands of satisfied clients find freedom from these addictions and we can help you too.

We believe it is important that you know we believe in you. Why? Because by the time most people come to us for treatment services, they no longer believe in themselves. This is a painful place to be. When you feel as if you cannot trust yourself, you wonder how you can ever get better.

Here at DARA Thailand, we will believe in you until you believe in yourself.

Addiction Causes A Loss Of Trust And Self-Confidence

Usually, people who have an addiction try again and again to give up their habit on their own many times before they seek help. They promise themselves they will never do “it” again – whether the “it” is drugs, gambling, watching pornography, or binge-eating. The problem is, they end up doing “it” once again and they feel totally ashamed of themselves.

Addicted people also make promises to friends and family members that they will change – only to wind up doing “it” again. This causes a loss of trust in important relationships. When the people closest to you are angry and resentful at you because you continue to do the very thing you promised you wouldn’t do, it can cause feelings of guilt and a loss of self-worth. This leads someone with an addictive habit to completely stop believing in themselves – which ultimately perpetuates the addictive cycle.

We Believe In Us And Our Ability To Help You Recover

Not only do we believe in you, we believe in ourselves. We think it is important that you know this too. We have absolute confidence in our team because they are highly trained and skilled behavioral health experts. Also, we implement effective treatment models that bring about a change in thinking and behavior; which results in fulfillment, personal freedom, and a new outlook on life. 

We have seen many people come through our program feeling completely hopeless and defeated. When they first arrive, they don’t believe in themselves and they are skeptical about whether or not we can help them. Nevertheless, when they leave, they have a restored sense of self-confidence and they are hopeful about their future. Those who complete our program go on to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives.

Ready To Believe In Yourself Again?

we believe in youIf you feel trapped in a cycle of addiction, we are here to help. We encourage you to contact us so that you can be assessed by one of our specialists. We will recommend a treatment plan and talk to you about travel plans. DARA Thailand is an affordable luxury rehabilitation facility that welcomes people from around the globe to come and stay with us.

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Leaving the Prison of Addiction

Leaving the Prison of Addiction

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Leaving the Prison of Addiction – Many things stopped me from getting into treatment for drugs and alcohol. Simple fear of the unknown dominated the list of “reasons” why I resisted the idea of getting sober. One of the most crucial things that prevented me from getting treatment and getting into recovery was the perception that once I crossed that line from one who just drinks too much to alcoholic, I was entering into a prison I could never escape.

I thought that the “alcoholic” label and identity would forever foreclose most of the things I loved about life. I believed I would spend the rest of my days in dull meetings in the basements of old churches with dull people who had given up on living.

Eventually I had no choice but to get help for my drinking. I was dying from it, and I could not stop. I gave up, or I thought I gave up on life. So I went into rehab, started the programs, fessed up to all of my wicked ways, and started thinking about how I was going to live the rest of my life doing nothing interesting.

To my surprise, the world opened up almost immediately. I am a writer, obviously. As soon as I got the weight of booze and drugs off of me, I found that I could pay attention to things in ways I never could while I was drinking. At first this consisted of small things. I read a lot more than I had previously. My journals and books of notes filled up quicker.

Personal Therapist In RecoverySoon I was taking part in a local poetry groups. I was writing for small newspapers. After these several years of being sober, I publish my writing all over the place. I was leaving the prison of addiction

The social life I thought was the beginning, middle, and end of fun while I was drinking did dwindle. I could no longer run with the happy hour crowd. But as I got sober, got some clarity, I realized this social life was neither social nor life. I was sitting alone in a bar filled with other people who were also sitting alone, and we were all drinking ourselves into oblivion.

As I came to a stable point quite early in recovery, I started to see people more clearly, and people seemed to actually want to hang out with me. I established friendships quickly, and not all of them were people in recovery. The fact is, while I was a drinking, I was just drunk and morose. No one wanted to spend time with me. As I became more alive I found that plenty of people were interested in what I had to say. Plenty of them actually wanted to spend time with me. I gained a social life whereas before I had none.

The point of all of this is that once I got into treatment and recovery, I found that I had not entered into a prison of the dull and lifeless. I had left that prison. I had come back to life in ways I had not known since I was a very young person. Alcohol and drugs were the prison. Recovery and sobriety gave me freedom.

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Is It Ever Okay to Use Drugs in Moderation?

Is It Ever Okay to Use Drugs in Moderation?

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If someone is passing out cocaine at a party, or you’ve heard self-medicating with Xanax might help reduce your constant feelings of anxiety, you might be wondering. Can you ever take hard drugs in moderation and still be safe?

The answer may seem complicated. You might have read a story online about someone who claims to cocaine ‘occasionally’ and still live an otherwise healthy lifestyle. The reality is that these substances can affect everyone differently. And the severe consequences of misuse are no small price to pay to experiment with drugs you’re unsure about.

If you’ve ever thought about recreational drug use or your own ability to self-moderate, read on as we explore what even small doses of opioids, prescription drugs and other powerful stimulants do to the body, and how they can put you at risk for drug addiction.

Why It’s Not Possible to Self-Regulate Drug Use

The most glaring problem with the idea that you can completely control the extent of your drug use is that drug addiction is not a lack of willpower or self-control. Addiction works by affecting your brain’s reward center. Each time you use a drug that produces feelings of euphoria, your brain is flooded with the pleasure chemical dopamine. Over time, your body becomes accustomed to this increased level of dopamine, and intense cravings occur when it doesn’t happen. This is all wired into your biological survival mechanism (that is, your body literally believes it will die if it doesn’t get more of the substance), which is why addiction overrides your normal reasoning and logic. That’s why people who struggle with addiction continue to engage in their addictive substance use or behaviors despite their desire to quit. Or its negative impacts on their life.

Typically, addiction begins with experimentation. Testing limits and pushing boundaries is normal behavior, especially in earlier stages of life. But what most people don’t know is how quickly this can spiral out of control when it comes to substance abuse. As drug use continues, users’ tolerance increases, causing them to use more of the drug to achieve the same effect. This paves the way for physical dependence and addiction. Even over just a short period of time, drug use rewires the parts of the brain responsible for impulse control. Making it all the more difficult to discontinue use and overcome the powers of addiction.

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The Dangers of Opioid Addiction

Whether you’ve been prescribed opioids by a medical professional or take them under illicit circumstances, the effects can be the same. Opioids are among the most highly addictive drugs available anywhere in the world, as they directly impact the way the brain perceives pleasure. Ingesting in small or moderate dosages can create feelings of relaxation and euphoria that keep users coming back from more… and more, and more.

Unfortunately, opioids also quickly create a tolerance that makes small and moderate dosages insufficient to sustain the same effects over time. The need for more of these drugs in shorter periods of time to recreate the same ‘high’. This makes opioids a highly addictive, and deadly, class of drugs.

What Happens When You Use Ice (Meth)

While most ice use begins socially – you’re out with your friends, someone offers a line, and you figure, “Why not?” – there’s a mountain of evidence to show why this is one drug you don’t want to come anywhere near. Ice is so addictive because it’s tremendously powerful and fast-acting, creating intense feelings of pleasure, energy and clarity. But that intense high is followed by an equally intense low.

Says Dr Nicole Lee, Adjunct Associate Professor at Curtin University’s National Drug Research Institute in Australia. “The ‘come down’ period is like a hangover, a recovery period after which people may move into withdrawal if they are dependent”. The uncomfortable feelings associated with that comedown cause many users to reach for more. This lead far too many people down a dangerous road to addiction.

Why You Can’t Just Use Cocaine ‘Occasionally’

Like opiates, cocaine creates dramatic surges of dopamine in the brain. A central nervous stimulant, cocaine increases the amount of energy users feel. Keeping them highly stimulated and creating short-lived, dangerously addictive rushes of euphoria.

Because of the powerful short-term effects of cocaine use. It can be a highly addictive drug that completely alters the chemical makeup of the brain. People experimenting with cocaine often struggle to maintain occasional or moderate use because of the intense highs and lows experienced after each use. Cocaine leaves the body almost as quickly as it enters the bloodstream after being ingested. This makes it all the more likely that even occasional use will result in a very dangerous form of addiction.

The Bottom Line: All Drug Use Can Lead to Addiction

Experimenting with prescription opioids like Xanax or Valium or stimulants like cocaine and ice can be tempting. From their potential as self-medicating substances, to the peer pressure of recreational use. The allure of ‘occasional’ or ‘moderate’ use can be tempting.

But no matter how strong you are, the power of addiction can quickly turn what started as experimental drug use into a dangerous and deadly habit. Predisposition to addiction can be a hereditary condition. Drug use restructures the chemicals of the brain, making moderating your use or quitting completely an extremely difficult task. An almost impossible task for anyone to accomplish on your own.

Can’t Quit? Get Expert Help for Addiction at DARA.

If you’re struggling to stop your drug use, our team of compassionate addiction experts can help. Here at DARA, our goal is to help you find your true self again with our all-inclusive treatment programs set in the serene scenery of Thailand. As the most experienced drug and alcohol rehab centre in Thailand, we truly believe in every client’s ability to recover. And we provide individualised support along every step of the way.

If you or someone you love is addicted to drugs, alcohol or toxic behaviours, help is right here for you. Recover in paradise with the addiction experts at DARA: contact us to learn more about the variety of recovery options we have on offer to help you start living your best life.