Alcohol Poisoning Facts

Getting to the bottom of alcohol poisoning

We’ve all been there. Our first big party. Succumbing to peer pressure.  Overdoing the limit, only to land up with alcohol poisoning. The truth is black coffee won’t help. Nor will making yourself sick or trying to sleep it off.

In fact, these traditional ways of trying to sober up can do far more harm than good. Particularly if you’re experiencing acute alcohol poisoning – which can be difficult to spot initially.

You may have only had a few drinks, or several, but this isn’t always an indicator.

“By recognising the signs of acute alcohol poisoning and knowing what to do, you could save someone’s life or your own.” Says Athy, from Eden Recovery Centre.

What not to do if somebody is suffering from alcohol poisoning:


  • Leave someone to sleep it off. The amount of alcohol in someone’s blood continues to rise even when they’re not drinking.
  • Give them a coffee. Alcohol dehydrates the body. Coffee will make someone who is already dehydrated even more so. Severe dehydration can cause permanent brain damage.
  • Make them sick. Their gag reflex won’t be working properly which means they could choke on their vomit.
  • Walk them around. Alcohol is a depressant which slows down your brain’s functions and affects your sense of balance.
  • Put them under a cold shower. Alcohol lowers your body temperature, which could lead to hypothermia.

There is no minimum amount of alcohol that could cause alcohol poisoning

Five things to do if someone is showing signs of alcohol poisoning:

  1. Try to keep them awake and sitting up.
  2. Give them some water, if they can drink it.
  3. Lie them on their side in the recovery position if they’ve passed out, and check they’re breathing properly.
  4. Keep them warm.
  5. Stay with them and monitor their symptoms.
  6. If they’re not getting any better, don’t delay, dial 999 for an ambulance.

If you know somebody that is battling alcohol abuse or if you are struggling with the addiction yourself, please feel free to contact the Eden Recovery Centre for advice on recovery and treatment plans. You can depend on full discretion.

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When and how does drug abuse start and progress?

Studies such as the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, indicate that some children are already abusing drugs at age 12 or 13, which likely means that some begin even earlier. Early abuse often includes such substances as tobacco, alcohol, inhalants, marijuana, and prescription drugs such as sleeping pills and anti-anxiety medicines. At Eden Recovery Centre, we have experienced first hand that if abuse persists into later adolescence, abusers typically become more heavily involved with marijuana and then advance to other drugs, while continuing their abuse of tobacco.

So what starts an addiction you ask? AT Eden Recovery Centre we explain to parents that an addiction can start for a variety of reasons. A very common factor is that of peer pressure: young people don’t like to be different from their friends and want to be part of the group.

If that group enjoys drinking or taking drugs then it can very difficult to resist especially if not doing so means that they are excluded from the group.

Experimentation is another reason. Many young people like to dabble in new and sometimes risky activities and drugs/alcohol/smoking are part of that. It is often done out of a sense of curiosity but it is easy to become hooked. Sometimes, teenagers try illicit substances as an act of rebellion or to defy their parents or teachers. They see it as part of being an adult or growing up. Others are attracted by the fact that the more dangerous or illegal a substance is the more desirable it becomes.

Some young people choose to take drugs or drink as a means of escaping a chaotic home life or a deprived background. Teenagers tend to be impulsive and take risks so illegal substances are no different in this aspect.

Children of parents who were or are addicted to drugs are 45 to 79 percent more likely to succumb to drug addiction themselves” Spokesperson of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

If you feel your kids may be falling to the grips of drug addiction, please contact the Eden Recovery Centre for advice and treatment plans. You can depend on full discretion. Or follow us on Facebook / Edenrehabcentre.

Education is the best solution to South Africa’s drug problem

Every year, research shows that more and more young people are not only being exposed to drugs but falling victim to its deadly grasp. No one questions the severity of the drug problem and its devastating impact on youth.

Academic results suffer and, even worse, drugs undermine health and destroy young lives.

At Eden Recovery Centre, we believe that the best solution is to reach young people with effective, fact-based drug education—before they start experimenting with drugs. Tweens, teens and young adults who know the facts about drugs are much less likely to start using them.

Digital is the way of the future and parents should use this to their advantage. There are many online education website that provide full Truth About Drugs Education materials at your fingertips, and contains practical tools to educate young people about substance abuse.

These educational tools can teach you things such as: 1) Various drugs and their effects 2) Signs of drug abuse. 2) Treatment and various facilities such as Eden Recovery Centre 3) Drug facts 4) Friends and drugs as well as videos which you can share with your children.

Education is the most powerful weapon you as a parent have today to prevent your children from making the wrong decisions. Help them choose wisely.

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Drinking and Driving. The limit in South Africa

At Eden Recovery Centre we strongly believe that the rule of drinking and driving is simple… don’t do it.

It is a proven fact that your driving is impaired after even one unit of alcohol, so it is safer to not drink at all when you know you will be driving. Driving under the influence is a criminal offence and it only takes one point over the limit to seal your fate – which could mean up to six years in prison.

Drunk driving is currently one of the biggest threats to Road Safety in South Africa. More than 21,000 people have been arrested on our roads in the last year as a result of drinking and driving, and it has been shown that 50% of people who die on our roads are over the limit.

So how exactly do we define what the drinking and driving limit is? In South Africa, the legal limit is a breath alcohol content of 0.24mg per 1,000ml, or a blood alcohol limit of 0.05g per 100ml, a fact that should be burnt into every motorist’s memory. This begs the question: ‘what does this mean for me, and what specifically constitutes being over the limit?’

The rule of thumb is a maximum of one unit of alcohol per hour, which constitutes 10ml of pure alcohol, based on an adult weighing 68kg. Our bodies can process only one unit of alcohol each hour. However, it is important to be aware that if you weigh less than 68kg your body will need more time to process the same amount of alcohol.

What does one unit represent?

  • It is equal to two thirds of a beer or spirit cooler with 5% alcohol content.
  • For those who drink wine, 75ml of red or white wine per hour with an alcohol content of 12% to 14% is acceptable.
  • Whisky and brandy connoisseurs can drink up to one 25ml tot of alcohol per hour.

“In case you are wondering if there are any quick-fix solutions, drinking coffee to get sober is a myth, as is taking a cold shower or drinking a litre of water.” Says Athy from Eden Recovery Centre. Once the alcohol is in your system your liver is going to need time to process it, and restricting yourself to only one unit per hour will give your body the time it needs to stay sober in the eyes of the law.

Alcohol significantly slows reaction time and distorts your vision, and the effects of a heavy night of drinking could well affect your driving ability the next morning, and you may still even be over the legal limit. After only one unit of alcohol, your chances of being in an accident are doubled, and when you are at the legal limit of 0.24mg, you are four times more likely to be in an accident. At the end of the day, motorists need to ask if it’s really worth risking the consequences before drinking and driving.

If you are concerned that your alcohol consumption could be putting your life, as well as the lives of others at risk, please contact Eden Recovery Centre for advise on treatment plans. We are here to help you break free from the chains o.f addiction. You can depend of full discretion

Intermittent Explosive Disorder

Traffic may drive you crazy or you may find yourself cursing your boss under your breath on a weekly basis. However Intermittent explosive disorder involves repeated, sudden episodes of impulsive, aggressive, violent behavior or angry verbal outbursts in which you react grossly out of proportion to the situation.

“Domestic abuse, throwing or breaking objects, screaming, or other temper tantrums may be signs of intermittent explosive disorder.” Says Athy from Eden Recovery Centre.

These intermittent, explosive outbursts cause you significant distress, negatively impact your relationships, work and school, and they can have legal and financial consequences.

Intermittent explosive disorder is a chronic disorder that can continue for years, although the severity of outbursts may decrease with age. Treatment involves medications and psychotherapy to help you control your aggressive impulses.

What are the symptoms of Intermittent Explosive Disorder?

Intermittent Explosive Disorder (EXD) is characterized by recurrent, impulsive aggressive behaviour that is distinguished from both premeditated aggression as well as defensive aggression provoked by an immediate threat. Aggressive episodes may be preceded or accompanied by:

  • Rage
  • Irritability
  • Increased energy
  • Racing thoughts
  • Tingling
  • Tremors
  • Palpitations
  • Chest tightness

What causes Intermittent Explosive Disorder?

Patients with intermittent explosive disorder generally have a lifetime history of other psychiatric disorders; the most common are unipolar major depressive disorder, alcohol abuse, drug abuse, social phobia, specific phobia, generalized anxiety disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, conduct disorder, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Comorbid bipolar disorder may occur as well.

Intermittent explosive disorder may be associated with general medical disorders, including hypertension, diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke, arthritis, peptic ulcers, headaches, and chronic pain. The evaluation for intermittent explosive disorder includes a psychiatric and general medical history, mental status and physical examination, and focused laboratory tests.

Treatment and drugs:

There’s no one treatment that’s best for everyone with intermittent explosive disorder. Treatment generally includes talk therapy (psychotherapy) and medication.


Individual or group therapy sessions can be helpful. A commonly used type of therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, helps people with intermittent explosive disorder:

  • Identify which situations or behaviors may trigger an aggressive response
  • Learn how to manage anger and control inappropriate responses using techniques such as relaxation training, thinking differently about situations (cognitive restructuring) and learning coping skills


Different types of drugs may help in the treatment of intermittent explosive disorder. These medications may include certain antidepressants (specifically selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or SSRIs), anticonvulsant mood stabilizers or other drugs if needed.

For more information on Intermittent Explosive Disorder, or further treatment plans, please feel free to contact Eden Recovery Centre. Or follow us on Facebook / Edenrehabcentre. You can depend on Full discretion. 

The legalization of marijuana in South Africa

Good or bad move for SA?

So whilst most thought of this as an April Fool’s joke, others shook their heads in disbelief as the news broke throughout SA. Marijuana legal? Are you serious?

The Western Cape High Court has ruled that it is an infringement to ban the use of dagga by adults in private homes and the ruling allows for the possession, cultivation and use of dagga at home. This ruling is to regulate access to medicinal cannabis for prescribed health conditions.

This means that medicinal marijuana will be prescribed for severer health conditions such as severe chronic pain, muscle spasms, cancer pain control, severe seizures resulting from epileptic conditions and various illnesses where alternative treatments have not had positive results.

Most of the reaction to the verdict has been positive with some hailing it as a step in the right direction – however others are warning it could prove to be a dangerous move for those who abuse it for the sake of a high.

Dr Shaquir Salduker from the psychiatry management group says the ruling could have adverse effects. We at Eden Recovery Centre specialize in cases and understand the negative effects marijuana can have on the body and mind from long-term abuse. Studies showing the damaging effects marijuana has on dopamine receptors and our brain’s reward system suggest marijuana could lead to the use of many other different drugs.

In one study done by the University of Michigan Medical School, researchers found a negative correlation between the amount of marijuana consumed over time and the amount of dopamine that was released in the brain in response. This study suggests a change in the reward system over time with a high-inducing drug like marijuana. This decrease in the amount of dopamine released creates a plateau effect. Smokers could possibly then seek other drugs in order to achieve the high they used to experience with pot.

But until the constitutional court confirms the ruling and refers it to the national assembly – the use of dagga is still illegal in terms of the country’s laws.

For information on Eden Recovery Centre’s Treatment Programmes and advice, please feel free to contact the Eden Recovery Centre. You can depend on full discretion.

Top 10 recreational drugs in South Africa

The list of the top 10 recreational drugs in South Africa. From alcohol to cigarettes, Eden Recovery Centre describes how most adults have tried some form of recreational drug during their adolescent or adult years. Fewer people have experimented with prescription medication for recreational reasons, but certain areas of the country are experiencing a serious problem with opioid addiction. Other drugs like cocaine, Cat and LSD, are used sporadically among adults in South Africa.

Using data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive, experts ranked the 25 most commonly used recreational drugs across the world. The substances are ordered by the increasing percentage of people age 12 and over who used the drug recreationally in 2015. In the case of a tie, the drug with a higher classification by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is ranked higher.
To collect this data, SAMHDA conducts the annual National Survey on Drug Use and Health, in which they record use of illicit drugs, alcohol and tobacco in the U.S. population aged 12 or older. It is important to note that this data only includes recreational use of drugs, not proper medical use.

Drugs that are legal, alcohol and tobacco, have the highest recreational use. According to the survey, nearly one in five people over the age of 12 also used marijuana in 2015. As the drug becomes legal in more states throughout America, recreational use is likely to increase. Explains Eden Recovery Centre.

Other Schedule I drugs (drugs determined to have no medical benefit by the DEA) including heroin and DMT had a recreational prevalence rate of less than 1 percent in 2015.

These 10 most commonly used recreational drugs include:
• Psilocybin Mushrooms. These mushrooms are commonly known as magic mushrooms. …
• PCP. Phencyclidine is a narcotic drug that also gives you hallucinations. …
• LSD.
• Ecstasy.
• Opium.
• Marijuana.
• Cocaine.
• Alcohol
• Methamphetamine.
• Heroine

Recreational drug use, while deceivingly innocent at the time, has the power to grab a hold of you and send your world spiraling downhill. If you are worried about a recreational drug that has gotten out of hand, please contact the Eden Recovery Centre for Treatment Programmes and advice. You can depend on full discretion.

The battle of boundaries and addiction

Eden Recovery Centre clarifies the importance of boundaries and how they can be broken when it comes to addiction in relationships.

Why do relationships need boundaries?
Eden Recovery Centre cannot emphasise enough how boundaries are key in marriage, friendships and relationships between parents, siblings, co-workers and more. That’s because establishing guidelines is a crucial part for any relationship. It’s a great way to ensure that each person’s needs are being met and that you feel safe in a relationship.

Boundaries are important. But even more important if a loved one is battling addiction.
Eden Recovery Centre emphasises the importance of having to set boundaries with a loved one battling addiction. “By setting boundaries, you make the addictive person aware of the consequences of their actions and can possibly increase the chances that he or she will seek help.” Explains Athy from Eden Rehabilitation Centre. So where should one start?

Start by setting boundaries for yourself.
What are you willing to put up with? If your loved one is addicted to heroin, painkillers, alcohol – or any other drug, you need to establish boundaries. Setting solid boundaries for yourself allows you to bring a measure of control and sanity into a chaotic and insane situation. Eden Recovery Centre advises on the following boundaries – which are a good place to start when deciding how and what boundaries to set.

Boundary 1: No drugs or alcohol are allowed around me or in the house.
Eden Recovery Centre advises all that you should let your loved ones know what substances are acceptable and unacceptable in the home. Let your loved one understand the consequences if he or she violates these boundaries. Would they need to find somewhere else to stay? Would you notify the police? Reclaim control over what goes on in your home, within your personal space, and the space around your children or grandchildren.

Boundary 2: No drug-using friends are allowed in the home.
Just because your loved one may not be using at the time, doesn’t mean his or her friends aren’t using. If you don’t want someone who is high in your home, then you shouldn’t have to put up with that. Laying out such a boundary reduces the damaging effect of addiction on the family.

Boundary 3:  If you are arrested, I will not bail you out or pay for a lawyer to defend you.
Eden Recovery Centre explains that this type of boundary will prompt responsibility for your loved one. Although addiction is a disease that needs to be treated as such, there is a responsibility that lies upon your loved one to take care of him or herself by getting help. When you set such a limit, you are letting him know that he is an adult and is responsible for himself.

Boundary 4: I will not give you any more money – whether it is to pay a bill, buy you food, or put gas in your vehicle.
Addiction can distort family roles: it turns family members into caretakers, scapegoats, doormats, enablers and pleasers. Remember, setting boundaries won’t cure the addiction or control an addicted person – but they will protect you. Protect your mental health, your physical well-being, and your finances explains Athy from Eden Recovery centre.

Boundary 5: I will not lie or ‘cover’ for you anymore – regardless of the circumstances.
Insisting that your loved one act more responsibly will benefit both of you. The disease of addiction thrives in chaos and lies. Set boundaries that will help to remove you from such mayhem, and force your loved one to take ownership in his or her actions and behaviours.

Boundary 6: If you aren’t on time for dinner, you are not welcome to join us.
With the focus on an addicted individual, family members never put themselves first. If you’re constantly worrying about your loved one and the troubles his drinking or drugging bring onto him or the family – you’re being robbed of your peace of mind. Just as your loved one’s life has been taken over by addiction, so too has that of your family. Set boundaries and take back what is important to you.

Setting boundaries is important for both you and your loved one. With boundaries, you are less likely to become entangled in the chaos of the addiction, and you will keep the focus on yourself and your wellbeing.

For information on Eden Recovery Centre’s Treatment Programmes and advice, please feel free to contact the Eden Recovery Centre. You can depend on full discretion.

Types of drugs and the dangers posed

The types of drugs under international control include amphetamine-type stimulants, coca/cocaine, cannabis, hallucinogens, opiates and sedative hypnotics. Countries have decided to control these drugs because they pose a threat to behavioural problems and health.

Eden Recovery Centre clarifies that while some of the physical effects of drugs might sound exhilarating, they do not last long. Many people get depressed and lonely afterwards and start feeling sick. Also, it is common for people who use drugs to seem confused, have red eyes, sweat a lot and lose interest in their hobbies, family and physical appearance.

The main types of drugs and how they could affect your mental state and health:

Type of drug – Cannabis:

Cannabis is a tobacco-like greenish or brownish material made up of the dried flowering tops and leaves of the cannabis (hemp) plant. Cannabis resin or “hash” is the dried black or brown secretion of the flowering tops of the cannabis plant, which is made into a powder or pressed into slabs or cakes

When asked how it affects you, Eden Recovery Centre explains that short-term effects include increased appetite and pulse rate.While high, users’ intellectual and physical abilities are impaired. With large doses, users may experience severely altered sensory perceptions and slow and confused thinking

Type of drug – Cocaine:

Cocaine is a fine white or off-white powder that acts as a powerful stimulant. In its pure form, cocaine is extracted from the leaves of the coca plant. Crack is cocaine that has been further processed with ammonia or sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) and looks like small flakes or rocks.

Eden Recovery Centre reveals that Cocaine can make users feel exhilarated and euphoric. Furthermore, users often experience a temporary increase in alertness and energy levels, and a postponement of hunger and fatigue

Type of Drug – Ecstasy

Ecstasy is a psychoactive stimulant. In fact, the term “ecstasy” does not refer to a single substance, but rather to a range of substances similar in chemistry and effects. It is usually distributed as a tablet or pill but can also be a powder or capsule. The tablets can be in many different shapes and sizes.

Ecstasy can heighten users’ empathy levels and induce a feeling of closeness to people around them. It is often used at “rave parties” to increase participants’ sociability and energy levels.

Type of Drug – Hallucinogens

Hallucinogens, or “psychedelics”, are drugs that alter users’ state of consciousness and produce different kinds of hallucinations, confirms the Eden Recovery Centre.

The main types of hallucinogens are d-lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD),  hencyclidine (PCP), hallucinogenic amphetamines, mescaline and psilocybe mushrooms.

Taking LSD leads to strong changes in thought, mood and senses in addition to feelings of empathy and sociability. However, the exact effects of LSD vary depending on the mental state of the user and the environment when taking the drug.

Type of Drug – Heroin

This is the drug that scares us the most at Eden Recovery Centre. We have seen the irreversible damage this drug can to do to you. Heroin is an addictive drug with painkilling properties processed from morphine, a naturally occurring substance from the Asian opium poppy plant. Pure heroin is a white powder. Street heroin is usually brownish white because it is diluted or “cut” with impurities, meaning each dose is different.

Heroin can make users feel an initial surge of euphoria, along with a feeling of warmth and relaxation. Users also often become detached from emotional or physical distress, pain or anxiety.

Furthermore, heroin is very addictive, and development of tolerance and physical and psychological dependence occurs rapidly.

If you are worried that you could be suffering from a drug addiction and cannot stop on your own, please contact us for advice or further information on Eden Recovery Centre’s Treatment Programmes. You can depend on full discretion.

Bluetooth drug trends

We have to do it, otherwise we will not survive the cravings.” These are the words of a township teenager who finds himself at the deadly grasps of the merciless, trending drug called BlueTooth.

 The trending – BlueTooth drug, is tearing through South Africa’s streets and claiming victim after victim and raising the alarm on drug addiction in South Africa’s townships. Eden Recovery Centre explains that the highly addictive drug involves addicts exchanging blood through a syringe to share the high. A small bag of nyaope costs about R30 but is only enough for a single hit. So one person buys the drug and shares it with other addicts.

The process is quite simple but also extremely hazardous. One person injects himself with nyaope while another person draws blood from the veins of the high person and injects it into himself.

The BlueTooth drug method significantly increases chances of infection because hepatitis B and C, and HIV are easily transmitted between addicts who use needles.

The drug has also caused a lot of concern among people who fear it will increase the AIDS epidemic in South Africa because HIV is spread through blood and other body fluids.

Eden Recovery Centre asks the question, how do we assist? What can we do to put an end to this “trending” drug that is taking our townships by storm and ultimately leading to increased poverty, disease and destruction? We need to cast more light on the reality of the situation so that it doesn’t go unnoticed… people need to understand that this is not a drug to take lightly.” says Athy from Eden Recovery Centre.

For information on Eden Recovery Centre’s Treatment Programmes and advice on drug addiction, please contact the Eden Recovery Centre. You can depend on full discretion.