IDENTIFYING THE STAGES OF SUBSTANCE ABUSE AMONG THE KENYAN YOUTH

IDENTIFYING THE STAGES OF SUBSTANCE ABUSE AMONG THE KENYAN YOUTH

Experimentation, regular to risky use, dependence and addiction are the stages of substance abuse. These behaviors can be addressed and treated at any stage, despite popular myths that people must hit bottom before they can benefit from help. One role of a dental professional is to recognize symptoms and behaviors […]

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REHABILITATION, TREATMENT AND EMPOWERMENT FOR WOMEN – NAIROBI KENYA

REHABILITATION, TREATMENT AND EMPOWERMENT FOR WOMEN – NAIROBI KENYA

Studies show that women who use drugs can have issues related to hormones, menstrual cycle, fertility, pregnancy, breastfeeding, and menopause. In addition, women themselves describe unique reasons for using drugs, including controlling weight, fighting exhaustion, coping with pain, and attempts to self-treat mental health problems. Science has also found that: […]

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CAUSES OF SUBSTANCE ABUSE AMONG PEOPLE IN NAIROBI KENYA

CAUSES OF SUBSTANCE ABUSE AMONG PEOPLE IN NAIROBI KENYA

The cause of substance use disorders is still unknown, though genetics are thought to account for 40% to 60% of a person’s risk. Substance use often starts as a way to feel good or out of curiosity in childhood or early adolescence.  Repeated use of the substance and increased tolerance […]

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The road to recovery

The road to recovery

Drugs are addictive chemicals that activate our brain’s “pleasure circuit,” releasing excessive amounts of dopamine and making users experience an overwhelming sense of euphoria. When these addictive substances are used as a means to cope or to escape complex emotions, a person can become reliant on them to function and […]

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Environmental Influence on mental health

Environmental Influence on mental health

It is well-documented that human mental health emerges from a complex interplay between genetic, psychological, lifestyle, and other factors. In addition, people are also exposed to numerous environments.  These environmental exposures (e.g Green space, noise, air pollution, weather conditions, housing conditions) might trigger mental disorders or be protective factors, facilitating […]

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Difficulties in establishing substance abuse programs

Difficulties in establishing substance abuse programs

Some communities have trouble developing programs that prevent and treat substance use disorders (SUDs). These barriers may include:   Stigma and confidentiality concerns. The historical classification of substance use as a crime has led to stigma surrounding substance misuse. Stigma is a barrier to recovery and affects whether individuals with […]

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