Thilo Beck at WEF Roundtable - A Roadmap to Sustainable Health and Better Well-being in the Workforce and Society

Goals House Roundtable, World Economic Forum, Davos – Thilo Beck

A Roadmap to Sustainable Health and Better Well-being in the Workforce and Society: Elaborating on Key Points.   We are living through a historical period defined by uncertainty, which is having a profound impact on our mental health. Research shows that – on average, 15% of working-age adults live with a mental health condition globally,…

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Affluent Neglect

Society expresses great concern for poor, underserved children and the increased likelihood they may lack access to health care and education, or that they may turn to drugs or crime in adulthood. Less attention is paid to children of affluent parents who have their own set of problems. Emotional neglect often goes unnoticed or unreported, which may…

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What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy?

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), developed by Marsha Linehan, Ph. in the 1980s, is a type of talk therapy originally designed for high-risk, suicidal people diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. Today, DBT is used to treat people struggling with a range of complex and intense emotions, including substance abuse and addiction, PTSD, bipolar disorder, eating disorders,…

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The Pandemic-Push: Why are so Many People Suddenly Buying Prescription Drugs Online?

Prescription-med sales skyrocket due to the pandemic, but when does use become abuse? Paracelsus Recovery’s experts weigh in. More and more people are illegally purchasing prescription medication such as anxiety or sleeping pills online as the pandemic takes its toll on our wellbeing. The pandemic has left a mental health crisis in its wake. Rates…

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The Risk of Habitual Cocaine Use

“Moderation in all things” is a proverbial saying that makes good sense – most of the time. However, moderation isn’t always possible for all people and some things are best left alone. Cocaine is a good example, as use of the drug can spiral out of control very quickly.

Human nature drives people to seek out pleasurable activities that release Dopamine in the brain’s reward system, which for some people, can lead to cravings and addiction. “Feel good” activities that release Dopamine include cocaine and other drugs, as well as alcohol and behaviors such as gambling, sex and binge eating.

Some people are able to use cocaine in moderation without ever becoming addicted. Sometimes, the brain’s reward system takes over, cravings sneak in, and in spite of all the best intentions, moderation is no longer possible. This may come as a complete surprise to occasional cocaine users who are shocked to discover they are no longer in control.

Sometimes, addiction occurs when cocaine is no longer just a drug for occasional social events. The path from using cocaine as a party drug to an avenue of relief is a very small, often indiscernible step. It’s all too easy to remember those happy feelings resulting from use of cocaine, and to turn to the drug during life’s inevitable rough patches. A drug once reserved for good times becomes a way to self-medicate stress, anxiety or depression associated with financial difficulties, relationship troubles or work stressors.

It’s important to keep in mind that nobody intentionally sets out to become addicted to cocaine, and there is no way to predict who will become addicted and who won’t. Maybe the original intention is to try the drug just once, or to use it once or twice a year, or once or twice a month. The problem is, there is no way for the user to know when biochemical changes are occurring and use of cocaine is no longer a matter of choice. Cocaine use is no longer enjoyable, it is an addiction – a chronic illness that like diabetes, asthma and hypertension, must be carefully managed and monitored over the course of a lifetime.

If you haven’t tried cocaine, it’s best to forego moderation and all the risks that come with even occasional use. If you use cocaine and you find that cravings are taking control, seek treatment soon – before addiction gets the upper hand. Waiting only allows addiction to become deeply entrenched and provides opportunity for all the problems that accompany addiction, such as damaged physical health, broken relationships, financial difficulties, career problems and legal issues.

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