By Cait Saul
There are several reasons why people begin to use drugs
or alcohol. One of the most common reasons is boredom. Drug and alcohol
users commonly say that they drink or use because it helps pass the time and
keeps them from being bored.
Boredom can be experienced by anyone, anywhere in the
world. It acts as a silent predator that drains motivation, activity, and
excitement in our daily lives. Boredom is commonly misunderstood and plays a
very big role in drug or alcohol addiction. Those who are easily bored are
at higher risk for depression, anxiety, eating disorders, anger, and
addiction to drugs and alcohol.
When people use drugs or alcohol to escape boredom, it is
often considered to be recreational drug use. The most common recreational
drugs are alcohol, heroin, cocaine, and prescription medications. This
recreational use commonly turns into a tolerance and addiction.
One of the biggest challenges that a person who is trying
to recover from a drug or alcohol addiction will have to face is trying to
overcome their boredom. It is crucial to learn how to overcome boredom, as
it can prevent a relapse.
There are various ways to help those who are recovering
from a drug or alcohol addiction overcome boredom. An addict may use drugs
or alcohol as an escape from their feelings and problems. When drugs or
alcohol is being used as an escape, it is important to find a new “escape
route”, especially when trying to recover from an addiction. This “escape
route” should be something that is productive, enjoyable, develops personal
growth, and most importantly is done sober.
A great way to overcome boredom is to do something good
for another person. An example of this is to volunteer at a local charity or
other organization. Volunteering can make a person feel an increase in
euphoria, energy, and peacefulness. Volunteering can give a person a sense
of control in their life.
A great way to overcome boredom and keep an addict’s mind
off of using is to engage in some sort of physical or outdoor activities.
Additionally, it is not only important to meet people who do not have an
addiction, but to meet people who stay active, and keep a positive attitude.
Another great way to overcome boredom is to find a great
book; maybe even one related to recovering from a drug or alcohol addiction.
Reading helps to simulate the mind. Writing is another great tool to
overcome boredom and will keep the mind active. Daily journal writing is
great, as it helps someone write down any feelings, recovery goals, and
problems that may be occurring in life.
Valuing one’s time is one of the most effective ways to
overcome boredom. What this means is to do things that are good for the
overall health of the mind and body. It is hard for people when they are
bored to remember that they only have so long to live, and every moment is
When a person is feeling constant boredom, they often
stray to negative activities. In order to overcome boredom and prevent a
relapse a person must take action. What this means is don’t wait for boredom
to kick in, prevent it in the first place. Meet positive people, engage in
physical and outdoor activities, take a class, find a new hobby, stay
motivated, and enjoy every moment of life. [email protected] thecabinchiangmai.com
for more information on drug and alcohol addiction.
Chiang Mai Mail
The Ministry of Public Health held a meeting with the
World Health Organization (WHO) and the Thai-U.S. Public Health Cooperation
Center where certificates were presented to some of those laboratories that
had passed the test for ability to assess and diagnose flu and epidemiology.
The meeting, held at the Holiday Inn Hotel on October 26
and 27 aimed to boost networking and integrate monitoring networks for
influenza and other diseases as well as set up warning systems before the
Dr. Staporn Wongcharoen, Director General of the Medical
Science Department, noted that there had been no spread of bird flu over the
past 4 to 5 years in Thailand and that continual monitoring had controlled
The National Institute of Health Department of Medical
Science is working on analyzing the H1N1 flu, and is well recognized by the
Southeast Asia region as well as the World Health Organization (WHO), which
has appointed this Institute to be the national test center for the flu
epidemiology. The Institute is also working in cooperation with all 14
regional medical science centers nationwide, Dr. Staporn added.
This year, Dr, Staporn noted, the Public Health Ministry
has implemented a policy to help support lab examination and development in
the both government and private hospitals throughout the country, so that
they could diagnose and analyze outbreaks.
The following hospitals have been certified to perform
lab tests for influenza; Maharaj Nakhon Ratchasima Hospital, Ratchaburi
Hospital, Yala Hospital, Surat Thani Hospital, Chonburi Hospital, Khon Kaen
Hospital, Chiang Rai Prachanukrao Hospital, Udon Thani Hospital, Surin
Hospital, Hat Yai Hospital, Maharaj Nahon Srithammarat Hospital, and Bangkok
RIA Lab Co., Ltd.