The Stats on Drug Addiction in South Africa – Stop The Drug War

Addiction Statistics The drug problem in South Africa has been on a continual rise, especially in the last few years. Methaqualone (Quaaludes), cocaine, marijuana (known as dagga in South Africa), and heroin are all drugs that are becoming increasingly popular. Dr. David Bayever from the government drug control organization, known as the CDA, is quoted saying “The drug problem in South...

Stop Abuse

Emotional abuse does not leave physical scars or bruises, yet, its soul-crushing effects are just as devastating… Say no to emotional abuse Hazel Mullen* (42), wishes she could tell parents what she realised much too late in life. Teach your children to distinguish between friendship and manipulation. She begs, Help them understand the difference...

Understanding Drug Abuse and Treatment

Finding Success in Addiction Treatment Programs Substance abuse programs are seen as ineffective by many people. This is often due to the difficulty in treating drug addiction. Drug and alcohol addiction is a challenging disease to treat because it affects the physical body and the emotional self. Success of substance abuse programs can be...

Is intoxication a valid reason for misconduct?

The question of whether a person should be held accountable for acts committed while under the influence, is a conundrum we have been struggling with for ages. Even today there are still widely differing opinions. Depending on cultural, judicial, religious and personal values, attitudes range from leniency to rigid condemnation. Social and Personal Realities...

PTSD: Complex Trauma: PTSD Symptoms: Complex PTSD Symptoms

People can develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) when they experience, observe or hear about a terrifying event involving disaster, death, injury, violation, disorder, illness or separation. It can also evolve from developmental trauma or long exposure to stressful conditions. It can even emerge from a number of sequential, seemingly less disturbing, incidents. The exhaustive...

What You Need to Know about PTSD and CPTSD

People can develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) when they experience, observe or hear about a terrifying event involving disaster, death, injury, violation, disorder, illness or separation. It can also evolve from developmental trauma or long exposure to stressful conditions. It can even emerge from a number of sequential, seemingly less disturbing, incidents. The exhaustive...

Is Healing From PTSD or CPTSD Really Possible?

People who suspect they have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or the more severe form, known as complex post-traumatic stress disorder (CPTSD), often want to know whether these disorders really can be successfully healed. The irony is that most PTSD and CPTSD victims suffer from hyperarousal and what is known as the “freeze-fight-flight” syndrome. These...

Dealing With Blackmail and Emotional Abuse

While it may be a form of self-defence, it is extremely uncomfortable to be on the opposite end of someone else’s emotional blackmail. This, together with hostage taking falls under the psychological umbrella of emotional manipulation, which is displayed by people who have the need to control others. Projection is demonstrated through the transference...

Sexually Abused People and Addiction

Sexual abuse is any unwanted sexual activity, with perpetrators using force, making threats or taking advantage of victims in any way, so that they are not able to give consent. Sexual abuse can lead to a number of serious psychiatric conditions in children and adults as they grapple with distressing emotions such as fear,...

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