- Drug abuse is, for example, on the one hand, understood as the use of illicit drugs.
- This means that not all illegal drugs can be used without the person being an abuser. (Alcohol is legal but can also be abused).
- The other component of drug abuse is the use of prescription and over-the-counter drugs for purposes other than those for which they were registered. In this regard, many people use the drug piriton to induce sleep.
“At Easter one of the sermons touched on the subject of drug and alcohol abuse and I have to say I was confused. The priest seemed to confuse the use and abuse of alcohol and seems to use the terms interchangeably. His conclusion was that all drugs and alcohol are bad at all times and that all of God’s people must preach this gospel. What is the medical opinion about alcohol and drugs in general? “
The first and perhaps the most important point I need to make from a medical point of view is that we respect all religions and indeed we know that spirituality is often a key element in the path to healing of all. diseases and in particular drug addiction.
For this reason, even though the person in the chair that day may have exaggerated with the enthusiasm of the word, we still respect them even though we have a different take on the matter.
A good place to start could be a few definitions as understood by the medical profession.
Drug abuse is, for example, on the one hand, understood as the use of illicit drugs. This means that not all illegal drugs can be used without the person being an abuser. (Alcohol is legal but can also be abused).
The other component of drug abuse is the use of prescription and over-the-counter drugs for purposes other than those for which they were registered. In this regard, many people use the drug piriton to induce sleep.
This is a sign of drug abuse because this medicine should be used as an antihistamine to treat for example a runny nose or some form of allergy! You are an abuser if you put them to sleep.
The other component of abuse and this is where the medical profession and your priest separate is when there is excessive use of a substance. Again, alcohol is a good example.
Her Royal Highness The Queen Mother has passed away at the age of 101. It’s no secret that she tasted a gin with Dubonnet almost every day of her adult life. In her case, small amounts of alcohol per day were not considered abuse. Many young men who drink excessively, although not drinking daily, can be considered alcohol abuser.
When a person uses a drug (including alcohol) and causes physical, emotional or social harm, such as problems at work or in the family, then that person is abusing alcohol. So, for example, a mother who uses milk money to buy alcohol is as problematic as her daughter who skips college because she has a hangover.
For the avoidance of doubt, any use of bhang (cannabis) or heroin is drug abuse because these substances are illegal in Kenya. The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued guidelines on alcohol consumption limits (whether your priest disagrees or, worse yet, ignores) that state that an equivalent of 14 units of alcohol per week is safe for men and rather less than for women. .
This translates to about seven glasses of wine per week. In other words, one drink per day for women and two for men is the safe limit. Anything beyond that, be it the Queen Mother or your husband / wife, is abuse. This is the current medical position.
There is no safe limit for heroin or cannabis or for that matter any illegal drug.
The other term your priest could have used is addiction. This is sometimes confused with the term addiction. Again, at the risk of upsetting your priest, let me point out that drug addiction or drug addiction refers to the medical disease of addiction.
Simply defined, it is a condition in which the patient has the physical or psychological inability to stop using a chemical, drug, activity or substance while causing psychological or physical harm.
The person who is addicted is aware of the harm that alcohol consumption does to their family or to their body, but the urge to drink is greater than the damage caused by alcohol. Simply exposing a husband for his bad behavior or even the threat of hell to death is simply not enough to cure the disease! Prayers and threats are important but often insufficient.
A number of references to psychiatrists now come from the clergy and other spiritual providers who are now keenly aware of the need to approach the disease of addiction from both a spiritual and a medical perspective. There are reasons to be hopeful.