Addiction Treatment & Counselling in Dubai

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Written by: Shehzeen Ahmad | Medically Reviewed by Dr. Bahjat Balbous


Addiction or substance abuse is a mental disorder that can make it hard for an individual to quit consuming a particular drug or substance. A drug addict excessively consumes a legal or illegal substance ignoring its consequences. Generally, addiction is associated with substance abuse; however, this is not always the case. Some people are also addicted to particular acts and processes, and they are unable to quit no matter the consequences. Luckily, Addiction Treatment Dubai can help such individuals by identifying the root cause of their addiction. An addiction therapist works with the addict and explores their unhealthy habits and dysfunctional coping mechanisms. With this knowledge, they go on to develop a customized treatment plan for each individual.

Causes

Individuals can develop different types of addictions due to numerous factors. Some of the causes are as:

  • Genetic predisposition
  • Family history
  • Dysfunctional families
  • Peer pressure
  • Mental disorders
  • Early intake
  • Trauma

Types of Addiction

As far as addiction is concerned, most people think we can only be addicted to drugs. However, it is possible to be addicted to several other acts and processes. Some common types of addiction are as follows:

  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Nicotine
  • Legal or illicit drugs, such as cocaine, heroin, meth, etc.
  • Internet and gaming
  • Gambling
  • Shopping
  • Pornography and sex
  • Plastic surgeries
  • Social media and TV
  • Food
  • Fitness and exercise

Long-Term Effects of Drug Addiction

Addiction and substance abuse can have short and long-term effects on an individual’s health. Besides the addict, addiction also impacts their family, friends, and close ones. Therefore, it is essential to undergo Addiction Treatment in Dubai to avoid these effects.

Some long-term consequences of drug addiction are as follows:

  • Wakefulness
  • Low/high heart rate and blood pressure
  • Mood swings
  • Changes in appetite
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Psychosis
  • Death due to overdose
  • Heart disease
  • Lung disease
  • Mental illness
  • Kidney damage
  • Liver damage
  • Gastrointestinal damage
  • Cancer
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Hepatitis
  • Impaired cognitive function
  • Changes in memory
  • Death of brain cells
  • Decreased mental sharpness
  • Poor performance at school/work
  • Poor physical health
  • Relationship problems
  • Unemployment and financial crisis

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Can addiction therapy help?

Drug addiction can be destructive in all aspects of life. Addiction Counselling Dubai can help individual’s give up this unhealthy and life-threatening habit. However, counseling and other treatments only work if the individual is willing to get well.

Addiction therapy can help individuals who:

  • Cannot stop alcohol or drug intake
  • Continue using drugs even after being clean for a while
  • Experience withdrawal symptoms whenever try to quit
  • Engage in unsafe activities under the influence

Treatment Techniques

In order to treat different types of addiction, multiple therapies, approaches, and medications are used. Some of the most effective treatment techniques for addiction are as follows:

  • Early/Brief Interventions

Early interventions can be carried out by family, friends, support groups, community workers, and general practitioners. These interventions prevent the progression of drug abuse during the initial stages.

  • Detoxification

Most people who try and fail to quit drugs usually follow the cold turkey detox. It can be harmful and even fatal because their bodies and brains have become used to chemical changes. So, addicts should always try to detox with the help of a support group or medical professionals.

  • Counseling and Psychotherapy

Counseling and psychotherapy sessions are some of the most effective addiction treatments. An expert psychotherapist tries different talking therapies to convince individuals to quit using alcohol or drug abuse during these sessions.

  • Pharmacotherapy

Some practitioners also prescribe medications such as anti-anxiety, antidepressants, or sleeping pills. These medications help addicts deal with withdrawal symptoms. Usually, medications work well in combination with counseling.

  • Hypnotherapy

Addiction Hypnotherapy Dubai is another effective approach to deal with drug addiction. It uses intense concentration and helps patients deal with their suppressed feelings.

  • Self-Help

Besides every other technique, self-help has proved to be highly beneficial for quitting drugs and alcohol. Most self-help approaches are based on the 12-step program of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA).

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Alcohol and drug addiction has become one of the prevailing problems worldwide. However, addiction of any kind usually proves to be destructive and even fatal. Therefore, it is better to realize our life’s worth sooner than later. Addiction Treatment Dubai can help individuals struggling with quitting addictions of different types. At Euromed® Clinic Center, we have addiction therapists who can help patients get rid of multiple addictions. You can book a consultation session with them by filling the online form or giving us a call.

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