I attended a conference on Recover hope campaign for Drug addicts ( substance abuse) and yes I presented but it was the worst Conference presentation I ever did for I wasn’t prepared mentally.
First I did my PowerPoint presentation 2 hours to the conference time, I kept on waiting for that writers inspiration but it wasn’t coming. I had writers block and it wasn’t equally funny.
I was funnily frustrated and couldn’t do anything, so for now I am taking a break from conference to recover from this.
Phew! I equally discovered I am better at writing than standing infront of crowd explaining my gibberish, not that I am shy or something maybe I feel better that way.
Recover hope campaign conference was a conference centered on creating awareness on the substance use disorder.
The mental illness centered around drug users, substance abuse and I for one was reminded of the importance of not stigmatising drug users but to reach out more to them .
My topic was on tramadol and will be briefly talking about it.
Tramadol is an opioid manufactured for moderate to severe pain relieving purposes.
It works on the brain to change how ones body feels and reacts to pain but the wonderful people on earth have other use for it beside as pain reliever which includes as mood altering psychoactive drugs, performance enhancing drugs and dependence drugs for Depressive individuals.
It’s one of the drugs/substances that has been abused greatly cutting across all spheres of life and social strata.
Tramadol has numerous side effects including addiction when used for a long period of time for medical purposes and this addiction is becoming a menace that needs to be curbed In the society today for so many reasons including its effect on mental health of an individual.
Tramadol use just like other drugs should be monitored thoroughly and not administered without prescription because destinies that should have been of importance to the world at large has been sent yonder early thanks to it.
Nigeria my beautiful country isn’t left out of this and this includes the Male youths.
Interestingly There was an internet trend some time last month about group of four that overdosed on tramadol before sex romp and three out of these four have been confirmed dead.
Coincidentally Not long after that a young lady was rescued from this substance abuse by a well meaning citizen of the country – Pastor Tony Rapu.
The young lady went on tell her story on how she became an addict. In her words, she claimed to become an addict via her boyfriend then who took it upon himself to add it in her weed unknown to her.
It wasn’t until later that he mentioned it to her that she knew, by then it had become late. According to her, by daytime she’s a beggar and at night sex worker just for her to raise money to purchase this substance.
What a way to live life!!
The side effect of substance abuse and addiction is worse than being killed for it truncates a bright future, leaves one poor and mentally unstable.
Taking drugs/substance is equal to jumping off the window, this goes a long way to show how deadly these substances are.
Tramadol addiction literally has no cure but can be prevented and my professor said we encouraged giving hope to substance abuse individuals. He likened it to a drowning person holding on to tiny rope and for some reasons I would agree .
Addicts treatment entails rehabilitation homes, support therapy, TLC and taking them to educational homes.
More awareness needs to be created on the dangers of these substances than on the production.
While at the conference we were made to understand that they shouldn’t be stigmatised but loved out of it. It could happen to anyone, it’s our duty to be there and notice when they are becoming addicts like when you begin to notice the following:
- Odd hour visits to the doctor
- Tampered medications
- Refusal to undergo examination, testing or referral
- Reluctance to provide medical records
- Repeated loss of prescriptions
- Emergency room visits to obtain drugs
- Doctor shopping
- Drug seeking behaviour which is a classic sign
Symptoms of substance abuse
Drug addiction symptoms or behaviors include, among others:
- Feeling that you have to use the drug regularly — daily or even several times a day
- Having intense urges for the drug that block out any other thoughts
- Over time, needing more of the drug to get the same effect
- Taking larger amounts of the drug over a longer period of time than you intended
- Making certain that you maintain a supply of the drug.
- Spending money on the drug, even though you can’t afford it.
- Not meeting obligations and work responsibilities, or cutting back on social or recreational activities because of drug use.
- Continuing to use the drug, even though you know it’s causing problems in your life or causing you physical or psychological harm.
- Doing things to get the drug that you normally wouldn’t do, such as stealing
- Driving or doing other risky activities when you’re under the influence of the drug
- Spending a good deal of time getting the drug, using the drug or recovering from the effects of the drug
- Failing in your attempts to stop using the drug
- Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when you attempt to stop taking the drug
There’s hope for drug addicts but relapses are as well common.
Reach out to one today.
Did I mention I turned to photographer buddy for one of the Ph.D presenters. I almost dropped his phone😂😂 but he is lucky he presented on an interesting topic.
Together we can save our loved ones from becoming addicts and substance abuse!
Yes we can!!!
Till next post, say no to substance abuse!