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Boredom and drug and alcohol addiction

Labs are certified to diagnose flu outbreaks

 

Boredom and drug and alcohol addiction

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 valuable.

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.

 

Labs are certified to diagnose flu outbreaks

Chiang Mai Mail reporters

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 diseases spread.

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 outbreaks.

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.