Effective and Affordable Drug Addiction Treatment for Saudis at The Cabin Chiang Mai
Drug addiction is a complex, serious problem in Saudi Arabia. Because drug use is illegal and subject to harsh punishments, there are hundreds of thousands of Saudis struggling with drug addiction in secret every day.
Actual statistics regarding the number of drug-addicted Saudis are nearly impossible to come by, as drug addiction is highly stigmatized and is not openly discussed. But even without specific figures, it’s easy to see that Saudis are struggling with drug addiction.
Hashish, which is an addictive drug despite its social acceptance, has become almost as normal as smoking a cigarette to many. Also, highly addictive amphetamines such as Captagon are widely consumed throughout the Kingdom, and Saudi Arabia actually ranks as the largest consumer of illicit amphetamines in the region. In fact, 30% of global amphetamine seizures are from Saudi Arabia, and authorities believe the actual amount being imported is far higher than seizures indicate.
And of course, where there are drugs, addiction follows.
It’s a common misconception that addiction is a sign of weak will or lack of self-control – and that, if you’re addicted, you can (and should) just ‘decide’ to quit. However, the truth is, it’s not that simple.
Drug addiction is, in fact, a chronic brain disease that causes compulsive drug seeking and use, despite the harmful consequences it has on you and those around you. Long-term drug abuse creates changes in your brain that affect your judgment, cognitive abilities, memory, decision-making and behaviour control. The longer the substance is abused, the stronger the physical dependence and the more difficult it is to get clean.
Some drugs prime the brain for addiction in as little as one use, so it’s easier to get hooked than you might expect – and you likely know someone who has been.
There are two main categories of drugs, both of which are abused in Saudi Arabia:
Legal drugs are substances that are approved by law for sale or consumption.
In terms of addiction, legal drugs usually refer to prescription or over-the-counter medications. Despite their legality, legal drugs can and are used in illegal ways. Any time someone takes prescription medication in a way that’s not approved by their doctor, it is considered substance abuse.
And prescription drug abuse is becoming a global epidemic. The fact that they are legal, more socially acceptable, readily available and highly addictive makes prescription medications some of the most abused drugs available today.
Illicit drugs are substances that are prohibited by law. A few examples include amphetamine-type stimulants, methamphetamines, cocaine, heroin, captagon and marijuana/ hashish (LINKS) – but there are many others. These drugs differ in their specific effects, but they have major commonalities: they’re all addictive and have serious negative effects on the mind and body.
The illicit drug trade is a major global business and is associated with organised crime, violence and illegal activity. Use of illicit drugs can lead to risky behaviour and serious consequences such as hospitalisation, contraction of HIV or other diseases and arrest.