Monthly Archives: August 2014

Alcoholism – Is it a Disease or Just a Bad Habit?

There is a lot of confusion amongst the general public regarding the issue of alcoholism. Most people assume that an alcoholic is simply one who over-indulges in a substance which every other drinker can handle responsibly and in moderation.

Others automatically presume an alcoholic to be of weak moral character and strength, lazy and self-indulgent with nothing to contribute to society. They are known to lie, cheat, steal in order to get what they want and are even known to be sexually aggressive or obsessive.

But what about the working man who comes back home after a hard day at

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A Man – Part 2

It really didn’t take much of an intervention to get me into rehab.

A couple of friends showed up at the door one day and told me that I was a mess and was finally going to get some help for it. They also reminded me that it was I who had muttered the word “rehab” in the first place. Despite being completely tanked up at the time, I was ready for it.

In my head though, rehab meant a place to go where they’d help me put the brakes on my runaway lifestyle. I didn’t think I needed a

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A Man

“I need rehab”, I remember saying to a visiting relative while sitting at a coffee shop sometime in 2011.

I’d been drinking steadily and heavily for almost a decade and a half and it was the first time. I’d admitted to anyone other than my own self that I had a problem. And about time too.

My life was in tatters.

Professionally, my career as a musician/concert promoter/writer was at an end.

On the social front, most of my family (with the exception of an ailing mother), were abroad and seemed too far away to be able to help much.

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Why look offshore for de addiction treatment?

Percentage of alcohol dependent individuals in our country has increased tremendously and is only showing upward trends, if it was to be compared to the 1990s. In every 100 men, 70 like to drink and around 30 out of 70 are suffering from alcohol addiction problems in the country. Majority of Indians now start drinking at the age of 19 compared to 28 in the 1990s.

Experts believe that in another couple of years, majority will start consuming alcohol at the age of 15. Western culture and changing lifestyle seem to be playing a pivotal role for increasing alcoholism cases

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People addicted to various substances have managed to get sobriety with help of organizations like Alcoholics Anonymous, residential rehabilitation programs and outpatient clinics devoted to treating addiction. It is estimated that there are about 6.25 crore alcoholics, 90 lakh Cannabis and 2.5 lakhs opiates and nearly 10 lakh illicit drug users in the India.

Of the million addicted patients, only about 1 in 10 gets treatment, often these also fail to keep themselves sober. Many of existing  centres do not use proven scientific methods to deal with the factors that are root cause of addiction and trigger relapse.


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