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.

Alcohol and weight gain

Eden Recovery explains the shocking way alcohol contributes to weight gain.

We’ve all been there! Staring blankly into the mirror searching for answers as to why you suddenly see Judy with the big booty staring back at you. ”But I haven’t been eating more?” “What about all the exercise I’ve been doing? And then it dawns on you… all those glasses of wine at dinner recently must be contributing to your larger self.

According to Eden Recovery Centre, people who consider themselves average wine drinkers consume an excess of 2000 calories per month – the equivalent of 141 ice creams a year. In fact, for adults who drink, alcohol alone accounts for a whopping ten per cent of the calories they consume.

Because alcohol is made from sugar or starch, it contains lots of calories – seven calories a gram in fact, almost as much as fat. At Eden Recovery Centre we reiterate that calories from alcohol are ’empty calories’, this means they have no nutritional value. Most alcoholic drinks contain traces of vitamins and minerals, but not usually in amounts that make any significant contribution to our diet.
Drinking alcohol also reduces the amount of fat your body burns for energy. While we can store nutrients, protein, carbohydrates, and fat in our bodies, we can’t store alcohol. So our systems want to get rid of it, and doing so takes priority. All of the other processes that should be taking place (including absorbing nutrients and burning fat) are interrupted.

What’s the case with abusive drinking?

We at Eden are asked this question a lot and scientists have long noted that alcoholics aren’t as overweight as you’d expect, given the staggering number of calories they consume in alcohol. Metabolic studies of chronic alcohol abusers have turned up something interesting: If you drink enough, you pass a threshold after which a certain portion of your alcohol calories are “free.”

Eden Recovery Centre explains that basically, you do so much damage to your liver that it can’t efficiently process alcohol anymore and you “waste” the calories or store them in your liver, giving yourself a disease called fatty liver, which can lead to cirrhosis and death if you keep at it.

If you are concerned that your drinking is turning into a problem and that you are constantly worried about your weight and your health – please get in touch with us. 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.

The resolution to quit drinking

At Eden we welcome the New Year. That’s because it’s a time when people make all types of resolutions and necessary lifestyle changes. Maybe it’s because waking up on the 1st of January is like getting a clean sheet. People want to do things a bit differently than the year before. A common resolution for people to make as the clock strikes midnight is to quit drinking. Such a change can bring many benefits to the life of the individual as we have seen at Eden Recovery Centre.

For some, it will mean escaping a life of misery. Unfortunately most people do not keep their resolution to quit alcohol for long. They may have reverted to their old drinking patterns within a matter of weeks. There are things that people can do to increase their chances of being successful with this resolution. That’s where our specialists at Eden Recovery Centre come in. Our impeccable team at Eden is trained to understand the addictive cycle and destructive pattern alcoholics have become accustomed to and to customize treatment plans to help patients understand and overcome their addictions.

Motives for stopping drinking as a new year’s resolution.

These are some of the most common reasons that we at Eden Recovery Centre have come to understand as to why people decide to give up alcohol in the New Year:

* They are worried about their current level of consumption. Such people may not yet have developed any of the symptoms of addiction, but they just feel uneasy with the amount they are currently drinking.
* If people are already addicted to alcohol they may decide that the New Year is a good time to give up and rebuild relationships with family or friends.
* Many individuals decide to give up alcohol because they just want to live a healthier life.
* Some individuals who wish to follow a spiritual path may decide to give up alcohol for the New Year.

If you are worried that you will not be able to stick to your resolutions to stop drinking and break free from addiction, contact us for advice or further information Eden Recovery Centre’s Treatment Programmes, please contact the Eden Recovery Centre. You can depend on full discretion.

Men vs Women when it comes to alcohol abuse

Eden Recovery Centre answers the common question of who is most likely to abuse alcohol…. Men or women?

Men Vs Women and alcoholism. The truth uncovered: Alcoholism is more than twice as common among men as women. Men are more at risk for abusing or becoming dependent on alcohol than women. HOWEVER, the consequences associated with heavy drinking are accelerated in women vs. men. For example, a man may be a heavy drinker for 20 to 30 years and have moderate problems, while a woman can be a heavy drinker for only five years and show moderate to severe problems.

At Eden Recovery Centre, we explain to women that they are more at risk for developing a drinking problem later in life. And when it comes to emotional stability, Eden warns ladies that chronic alcohol abuse takes a greater toll on women than on men. Women alcoholics also have a higher percentage of death due to alcohol-related injuries, circulatory disorders and cirrhosis of the liver.

Men vs. Women and Alcoholism: Metabolism
Women typically have less body mass and less water content in their bodies than men. Body water diffuses alcohol content as it’s digested, which means women have a higher concentration of alcohol in their blood stream when they drink. This not only causes women to become more impaired from drinking, but also exposes their brains and other organs to more alcohol before it’s broken down. This plays a role in the short- and long-term effects of alcohol on women.

Men vs. Women and Alcoholism: Alcoholic Health Issues
Alcohol-induced liver diseases such as cirrhosis and hepatitis develop more quickly in women than in men, and more alcoholic women die from cirrhosis than alcoholic men.
At Eden Recovery Centre, we constantly highlight the fact that women who consume alcohol are more at risk for developing cancer than men. Excessive alcohol consumption has also been shown to increase the risk of several digestive-tract cancers in women.
Women in the late stages of develop hypertension, anaemia and malnutrition much quicker than alcoholic men. They are also at risk for developing depression, sleeping problems and are more at risk for personal injury. These risks are especially prevalent in older women.

Men vs. Women and Alcoholism: Excessive Drinking
Studies show that men are more likely than women to take risks during periods of excessive drinking, further increasing their risk of injury or death. In fact, men consistently have higher rates of alcohol-related deaths and hospitalizations than women.
Drinking makes symptoms of depression and anxiety worse. Studies show that men are more likely than women to commit suicide, and that the majority of men who commit suicide consumed alcohol before doing so.

Men vs. Women and Alcoholism: Treatment
At Eden Recovery Centre, we believe that alcoholism is more than just a physical problem. We recognize the need for mental and physical recovery and strive to treat our guest’s well-being. At Eden Recovery Centre, we also understand that men and women face unique hurdles in treatment and will tailor-make a treatment programme to your specific needs.

Drinking and the festive season

Eden Recovery Centre urges all to remain safe and think again when it comes to alcohol.
During the Christmas and New Year period there is an increase in festivities, parties, family gatherings, work functions and braais. While it’s a great time of year for some, drinking and the festive season can be a very worrying and strenuous time for alcoholics and their families”, says Athy, from Eden Recovery Centre.
The festive season is a good time to reflect on our drinking culture and the way we drink. Eden Recovery Centre tells us that even when people intend to drink responsibly, it can be difficult to stick to this plan because getting drunk is often an accepted norm during this time and there is often social pressure to drink.
One of the most important ways to create a less harmful drinking culture is to change the acceptance of drunkenness, and the problems that go with it. To start changing the drinking culture and to help you to look after yourself, your friends and family, here are some tips to implement during the festive season and throughout the year.

Tips for drinking and the festive season from Eden Recovery Centre:

• Plan some alcohol-free days – grab a juice, mineral water or iced tea instead.
• Keep count of your standard drinks by pouring your own drinks.
• Eat before, and while, you are drinking
• Alternate alcoholic drinks with non-alcoholic drinks
• Plan activities for your family that don’t involve alcohol. Even responsible alcohol use can send the message to your children that alcohol is a necessary part of everyday life. Show them that alcohol doesn’t have to be part of every social situation to have a good time.
• Set yourself some goals. New Year’s is a great time to think about cutting down the amount of alcohol that you consume.
• Avoid drinking on an empty stomach.
• Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
• Look out for your family and friends.
• Avoid combining alcohol with energy drinks.
• Drink slowly and try drinks with lower alcohol content.
• Remember that many drink serving sizes are often more than one standard drink which means your Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) may be rising more quickly than you think. Check the label on the drink container for standard drink information.
• Pour your own drinks so you can be sure of how much you have consumed.
• If you are driving to the party, carpool with a few friends and decide who will be the designated driver at the start of the night.

For information on Eden Recovery Centre’s Treatment Programmes which may help you or your loved one deal with addiction during the festive season, please contact the Eden Recovery Centre. You can depend on full discretion.

Emotional Hangovers

Eden Recovery Centre explains the emotional hangovers (feelings) that sometimes follow a night of heavy drinking.

At Eden Recovery Centre we like to educate our guests on emotional hangovers. Some people experience uncharacteristic sadness and/or anxiety upon waking after a night of heavy drinking. The emotional aspect of such a hangover consists of the typical symptoms of depression: sadness, crying, lethargy, fatigue, anxiety, feeling like a failure, fears about the future. Here Eden Recovery Centre outlines the reasons for emotional hangovers.

Hormonal Imbalance

Eden Rehabilitation centre explains that alcohol consumption literally kills brain cells is an antiquated assertion. Drinking in excess will throw off your body’s natural rhythm as it rushes to cope with the sudden intoxication. Drinking to intoxication is the cause of typical hangover symptoms. This results in temporary symptoms of depression and an emotional hangover.

Blood Sugar Levels and Dehydration

Alcohol is little more than a heavily processed sugar that your body has to break down in many different ways, says Eden Recovery Centre. This puts an immense strain on the pancreas and can cause a severe insulin spike. This will leave you with abnormally low blood sugar levels the next morning. Alcohol also promotes excessive urination and vomiting which can contribute to severe dehydration. Low blood sugar and dehydration will have a significant impact on your mood, more often than not, resulting in an emotional hangover.

Getting Proper Sleep

When you binge drink, your sleep is disrupted. People who “black out” as a result of binge drinking are not getting proper sleep explains Eden Recovery Centre. This plays a major role in emotional hangovers and dampening your mood the morning after. A nap later in the day will be just what you need to help you reverse the negative impact your over-indulgence had on your sleep.

The Social Aspect

A significant contributing factor to an emotional hangover is concern about your behavior the night before. These fears can be augmented by a fuzzy memory. Our social interactions have a major impact on our mood and it has been proven that a strong social network is one of the strongest defences against mental disorders like depression. Any perceived damage to this social network on your part as a result of intoxication is certainly a legitimate concern.

Of course, the best remedy for emotional hangovers is to abstain. Aside from the emotional duress, getting hangovers is just plain unhealthy. If you are concerned about your drinking or seeking advice on treatment options, contact Eden Recovery Centre.

Substance Abuse Prevention

When people ask us if substance abuse can be prevented, our answer is a definite YES. There are things that everyone can do to prevent substance abuse and avoid the painful circumstances that come with it.

Here are the top five ways to prevent substance abuse:

  1. Understand how substance abuse develops. Substance abuse starts by:
  • Using addictive drugs (illicit or prescribed) through peer pressure or for recreational purposes
  • Seeking out an escape every time you use
  • Abusing prescription medication
  1. Avoid Temptation and Peer Pressure. Develop healthy friendships and relationships by avoiding friends or family members who pressure you to use and abuse substances. It’s often said “we are who our friends are,” meaning if you surround yourself with people who abuse drugs and alcohol you are more likely to as well. Peer pressure is a major part of life for teens and adults. If you are looking to stay drug free and avoid substance abuse, develop a good way to just say no, prepare a good excuse or plan ahead of time to keep from giving into peer pressure.
  1. Seek help for mental conditions. Mental illness and substance abuse often go hand in hand. If you are dealing with a medical conditions such as anxiety, depression or post-traumatic stress disorder you should seek professional help from a licensed therapist or counsellor. A professional will provide you with healthy coping skills to alleviate your symptoms without turning to drugs and alcohol.
  1. Examine the risk factors.Look at your family history of mental illness and addiction, several studies have shown that this disease tends to run in the family, but can be prevented. The more you are aware of your biological, environmental and physical risk factors the more likely you are to overcome them.
  1. Keep a well-balanced life.People often turn to drugs and alcohol when something in their life is missing or not working. Practicing stress management skills can help you overcome these life stressors and will help you live a balanced and healthy life.

Develop goals and dreams for your future. These will help you focus on what you want and help you realize that drugs and alcohol will simply get in the way and hinder you from achieving your goals. Share these tips for avoiding and preventing substance abuse with your friends and family and help promote a healthier lifestyle free from addiction.

If you are worried about substance abuse or for information or advice on how we can help you or your loved one prevent substance abuse; please contact the Eden Recovery Centre. You can depend on full discretion.