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Effects of Drug and Alcohol Consumption You Need to Know

Effects of Drug and Alcohol Consumption You Need to Know

Drugs are chemicals. The different types of drugs according to their chemical structures could affect the body in several ways. Basically, some drugs can even change a person’s body and brain in ways that last long, even after having stopped taking drugs, maybe even completely.

Depending on the drug, it can enter the human body in a number of ways, including injection, inhalation, and intake. The method of how it enters the body can impact how the medication influences the individual. For example; injections take the medication directly into the blood vessels stream, providing more immediate effects; ingestion requires the drug to complete the digestive tract, not nearly having as  immediate of an effect as injections.

Many deaths, illnesses and ailments stem from drug mistreatment. Today, one in four deaths is attributable to alcohol, tobacco, and drug use.[1]

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Moreover, drugs are generally not the only chemicals that can cause terrible things to our overall health. Many people don’t even know that smoking increases aging and shortens the life span.

People who live with drug dependence have a higher risk of negative outcomes, including unintentional traumas, accidents, risk of home violence, medical problems, and death.

Health-Related Problems Due to Drugs

Here are some of the health-related problems faced by drug maltreatment. The impact of drug abuse and dependence can be far-reaching, influencing almost every organ in the human body. Drug use can:

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  • It weakens the immune system and increases susceptibility to illness.
  • It causes cardiovascular conditions, ranging from an abnormal cardiovascular system rate to heart problems.
  • Injected drugs can also lead to collapsed veins and infections of the blood vessels and cardiovascular valves.
  • It causes vomiting and belly pain.
  • It causes the liver to have to work harder, possibly creating significant damage or liver failure.
  • It can cause seizures, strokes and widespread brain damage that can impact all aspects of daily life by triggering problems with memory, attention and decision-making, including sustained mental confusion and long-lasting brain damage.

Here are some more problems an addict may face:

  • Aggressiveness
  • Hallucinations
  • Addiction
  • Impaired Wisdom
  • Impulsiveness
  • Loss of self-control

That said, here are some ways of fighting off opiate addiction and moving forward to opiate detox.

Side Effects Of Alcohol

Aside from drug use, here are some of the effects of alcohol that you might need to take note of. Depending on how much is taken and the physical condition  of the individuals, alcohol can cause:

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  • Slurred speech
  • High blood pressure
  • Gastritis (inflammation of belly walls)
  • Cancer of the mouth and throat
  • Sexual problems
  • Permanent damage to the brain
  • Unconsciousness
  • Anemia
  • Depression
  • Upset stomach
  • Headaches
  • Breathing troubles
  • Depression of the immune system
  • Reduced sexual performance
  • High blood pressure, stroke, and other heart-related diseases
  • Liver disease
  • Nerve damage
  • Weight gain
  • Coma
  • Liver damage
  • Cancer
  • Insufficient of Vitamin B
  • Ulcers
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Alcoholic has claimed the lives of many gifted writers and musicians over the past decades. Here are a few of them:

Brian Connolly (1945-1997)

Scottish rock vocalist and lead performer for Sweet. His alcohol problem caused him to leave the band in 1978; he reunited years later but the damage of excessive drinking had already been done—he died of renal failure (a possible result of alcoholism) in the year, 1997.

Steve Clark (1960-1991)

Guitar player for Def Leppard, Clark was an excessive drinker who died in his London home due to a lethal combination of both drugs and alcohol.

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John Bonham (1948-1980)

No doubt, the excessive consumption of alcohol led to the sad death of Led Zeppelin Drummer, John “Bonzo” Bonham.

Take the needed preventative steps so that you can live a more fulfilling drug-free and alcohol-limited life.

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Last Updated on August 13, 2020

12 Benefits of Meditation That Improve Your Body And Mind

12 Benefits of Meditation That Improve Your Body And Mind

As a mediation teacher, I am constantly confronted with these two questions regarding the benefits of meditation:

1. Why can’t I enjoy the benefits of meditation continuously?

I ask back: Is it maybe because you see mediation as a technique, performance, or some exclusive activity? The answer is: yes!

Or, because your mind is constantly evolving on the past negative attachments and traditional habits? After careful thinking they answer: yes, probably!

Although meditation is very simple and challenging at the same time, in the above mentioned case, it’s not easy to benefit from meditation, especially when approached with the idea that it has to be learned, studied, or applied. Meditation is to be seen as a natural, mental cleansing process that happens on a basis of awareness on a moment-to-moment experience. When that takes place, the benefits of meditation are continuous.

2. What is the purpose of meditation?

The purpose of meditation is to accomplish a level of consciousness for mastering the mind and uniting with the finest, deepest, and subtlest part of yourself as a being.

It is a conscious process of observation of the mind—helping the meditator to understand the structure of its mind and the quality of its content. During this process, countless benefits of a physical, mental, and spiritual/philosophical nature arise for the meditator.

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Meditation as a Fixer and Benefactor

In this article we’ll have a look at the primary and the ultimate benefits of mediation, which improve your body and mind at the same time. For the sake of clarity, readability, and tangible experience, I have separated the benefits into three groups.

You can change just about anything you don’t like about yourself (psychologically, as well as physically) through meditation. However, this is only possible with a specific approach, when your brain allows the benefits of meditation to do their work.

This means not to interrupt the benefit with other thoughts, but to let their effect implement itself in your body and mind. This approach is crucial.

The following exercises will make you feel the benefits of meditation instantly, but the continuity of the benefits of meditation on your body and mind depend on the discipline of your brain, how you manage external stimuli and your thoughts.

Less Physical, More Psychological

Even though the practice of meditation is more psychological and less physical, the first benefit we’re going to experience is both physical as well as mental.

This benefit happens literally immediately, right at the moment of meditation. It is the essence of mediation basically.

The First Benefit of Meditation

The first benefit of meditation is twofold:

  1. Improving inward attention (sharpening the mind)
  2. Relaxation of the body

Let’s do it right now. This benefit consists of only one step, and it is very simple to perform. It goes like this:

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Sit still and pay attention to your exhalation.

That’s it! Technically, the whole journey into the world of mediation begins here and nowhere else. And right here, you benefit from this step in the following way:

When you pay attention to the flow of your exhalation (gentle, deep, effortless exhalation), your body begins with the process of relaxation instantly (your heart rate slows down, your nervous system calms, and tension in your muscles is relieved).

When the nervous system calms, your mind calms down, and, more specifically, less thoughts are produced by your mind. How, exactly? By applying one of the most valuable mental skills—attention—the mind follows the breathing and has no space and time to generate any other thoughts. Only when the attention goes off the breath, other thoughts are constructed, and the mind is accelerating with thought production again.

Keeping the First Benefit Effective and Ongoing

Here you apply the approach of not letting the relaxation and attention process get interrupted; rather let the effects of these benefits implant in your body and mind as deeply as possible.

This is to say, the instant relaxation and inward attention happen at the same time when you follow the flow of your breath. Repeating this process—creating a constant rhythm out of the breathing and the attention—you create a process of meditation.

Keep your attention on the flow of your breath and see how the calmness of body and mind begin to rule your present moment. The longer you stay connected to your breathing, the stronger you’ll feel the benefit. Start with 3-5 minutes at a time without doing anything else, and increase to 10-20 minutes and onwards.

Can you think of a better, simpler and quicker exercise that can relax the body and improve attention in this way, at this speed?

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This benefit takes you to the second one.

The Second Benefit of Meditation

While still working with the first benefit of mediation, you slowly start to see the second benefit of mediation, which is fourfold. I call it the major value of mediation:

  1. Energy (physical and mental strength)
  2. Observance
  3. Peacefulness (stillness, and space of mind for deeper observation)
  4. Patience

Peacefulness is the source of a blissful life. The energy is the fuel to express that blissfulness. Whatever we want to accomplish in life we need: 1) Physical and mental strength, 2) Observance of that energy, 3) Peacefulness—the calmness and stillness that creates space for freedom of being and creative thinking, and 4) Patience for the process of accomplishment.

You can only get creative in thinking and boosted with physical and mental energy when you get in touch with the deepest levels of yourself—when you harmonize your mental and physiological activities. How do you do that? Let’s try it right now:

This step involves the observation of the two separate movements of your breath. After paying attention on your exhalation, you have prepared your body and mind to really see and feel what true peacefulness and true energy means.

1. Energy

Keep your attention on your inhalation (inhaling gently, deeply and lightly) and feel the new energy (new oxygen) flowing in your body. The inhalation is the symbol for aliveness and vitality. It is the the primary act that connects the baby’s body with the outside world after coming out of the womb[1]. Each inhalation is a new opportunity for your body to revive, regenerate, and renew itself.

2. Observance

The observance comes during the process of meditation, enabling you to see the physiological benefits of introducing new energy to your body. Use that benefit by utilizing its effects, and create deeper observation into yourself. With every single inhalation, this observation will enable you to generate even more energy, mentally and physically.

3. Peacefulness

Keep your attention on your exhalation, and feel how, out of the relaxation, peacefulness is spreading throughout your whole body. The exhalation is the symbol for relaxation and peacefulness. Only through meditation can you realize what absolute peacefulness means.

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4. Patience

The meditation delivers the previous benefits to you immediately and opens up the possibility for many other benefits and great virtues. A specific one to mention, which is essential for reaching the ultimate benefits of meditation, is patience. If you have experienced the aforementioned benefits, it means that you have invested a certain amount of patience into mastering yourself and your mind.

The Ultimate Benefits of Meditation

Patience is a key quality when it comes to the ultimate benefits of meditation.

Since the mind is the tool that reveals everything, mediation is the method for the proper utility of the tool.

The above mentioned benefits of mediation lead to the ultimate benefits of mediation—qualities that depict what makes a human being human. As you dwell in a meditative state of being, the following benefits begin to emanate:

  • Diligence: the persistence for righteous effort to reach an intrinsic value; inner strength.
  • Temperance: to express self-control and show excellence in managing the physio-biological and mental necessities
  • Courage: using righteous effort and braveness to look into the weaknesses of yourself and at the hardship of your life, endure it and patiently overcome the obstacles
  • Loving kindness and Compassion – a capacity to care, understand, and tolerate other people’s state of being, wishing them freedom from suffering.
  • Wisdom: the moment when you feel that mediation gives you the feeling and the knowledge that what you do relating to life and practical affairs is just.
  • Equanimity: that puts you in a state of composure, and you experience an ongoing blissful state of being.

These are the 6 ultimate benefits of meditation that put your body and mind in a state of health and balance.

Final Thoughts

Mediation exists to put order in your mind and awaken the best of you, to reconnect you to your goodness and your inborn intelligent capabilities.

Meditation is the window to your true Self. It gives you a panoramic view of your heart’s greatness. It shows you the true meaning of love, freeing you from the dungeons of ignorance and despair. The power of meditation dismantles the evil that’s trying to cloud the beauty of your heart.

Your heart, body, and soul are the bridge over which the challenges of life frequently carry their heavy load. Meditation is the support of that bridge. Make use of that support.

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