Positive Self image Prevents Drug Abuse

By Riffat Sadiq
Self-image is defined as the person’s perception of self or self-portrait. A person who perceives himself good enough to be the part of his environment indicates his positive self-image. This positive self- image helps to grow successfully, develop skills and reduces the risk of psycho-social diseases; e.g drug abuse. Self-image is the combination of four components which are as follows’
Psychological Risk Factors for Drug Abuse Problems
By Shireen Ismail
Following are the psychological factors that lead to drug abuse problems among people;
Stress:American Psychological Association (APA) defines stress as, "The pattern of specific and nonspecific responses of an organism that tax or exceed his ability to cope". In response to stressors, physiological changes occur in the body that lead to psychological changes and person feels to be under stressed and could not cope with the stressors. Sometimes, he finds the solutions of his problems in useless things and get involved in the addictive behavior. He uses different kinds of drugs just to feel relax and to escape from reality.
Psychosocial Impact of Drug Abusers On their Children
By Riffat Sadiq PHD
Addiction to drugs burns everything like a fire. Wealth, family and every aspect of life is deteriorated. In family, parents, spouses and children of drug abusers are severely affected. Though, children are fully dependent on their parents and caregivers, therefore, they are at great risk of psychosocial problems. Children expect all of their needs to be gratified by their parents. When they see their parents, a source of satisfaction for them, involved in unhealthy and useless activities, they become insecure and frustrated.
5- Strategies to Deal Traumatic Events
By Riffat Sadiq PHD
Any trauma in our lives leaves behind negative feelings, anger, hopelessness and sadness. If these feelings and thoughts are not overcome on time may lead to psychological disorders in future. All kinds of psychological disorders impair personal, social and occupational life. Traumatic experiences such as; death of loved one, divorce, physical and sexual abuse have profound impact on our memories. In order to escape from these painful memories, a person either accepts death or indulges himself in those activities which stop him from thinking about the trauma
Effectiveness of Cognitive-Behavior Therapy in
Treating Drug Abuse Problems
By Riffat Sadiq PHD
Cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT) is being widely used in treating people suffering from drug abuse problems because it works with both cognitive and behavior patterns of the patients. It focuses on negative schemas, beliefs which lead to maladaptive behavior such as addictive behavior. Therapist, via conducting cognitive -behavior therapy, tries to focus on deficit coping skills of drug abusers
The Eleven Principles of Behavioral Health Recovery Management

1. Focus on Recovery:
The Behavioral Health Recovery Management (BHRM) model emphasizes recovery processes over disease processes by working towards full and partial recoveries and by emphasizing client strengths and resiliencies rather than client deficits. Recovery reintroduces the notion that any and all life goals are possible for people with severe behavioral health disorders.
Aftercare Services For Recovering Drug Addicts

By Riffat Sadiq PHD
Drug abuse is a disease which needs to be focused of intensive care even after providing quality of detoxification and rehabilitation services to drug abusers. In order to sustain long term recovery, patients are provided aftercare services by same treatment and rehabilitation centers. Following services are included in a comprehensive aftercare program;
Drug Abuse and Hierarchy of Needs

By Riffat Sadiq PHD
According to Maslow, people have a set of motivation system in self which stimulates to achieve their needs. These needs are fulfilled one by one, when one need is gratified people move to another one. In this regard, Maslow (1943) presented a hierarchy of needs.
Revenge and Drug Abuse Problems
By Riffat Sadiq PHD
According to Ysseldyk (2005), ''Revenge is an intense emotional state requiring relief, based on the perception and motivation that one has been wronged, rather than on rational thought, undifferentiated anger, or retributive justice"
Revenge is usually taken to punish or treat the offender in the same way as he/she treated the offended person. Sometimes, this revenge is toward self as the result of severe guilt and having feelings of rejection/unfair treatment from the significant one and society.
Drug Abuse Problems and Marital Relations

By Dr. Amena Zehra Ali & Riffat Sadiq
Nature has created men and women to share love and to fulfill commitments to each other.
As mentioned in  Sura Al-Baqara (2:228), "And they (women) have rights (over their husbands as regards living expenses, etc.) similar (to those of their husbands) over them (as regards obedience and respect, etc.) to what is reasonable, but men have a degree (of responsibility) over them. And Allâh is All-Mighty, All-Wise''.
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