Filtered by: Drugs <Back to previous page Changing Lives case study 1The dictionary describes the word rehabilitation as ‘to restore to effectiveness through training’. There are many different types of rehabilitation projects available for those who are seeking help in recovering from drug dependency. In these pages and also on page entitled 'Changing Lives - case study 2' we look at some case studies of different approaches to drug rehabilitation. Changing lives case study 2The La Roca Community, Viña del Mar, Chile. La Roca began after much discussion and prayer as concerned Christians in Viña del Mar, Chile saw young people turning away from their drug addiction when they became church members, but later leaving the church and going back to drugs. They felt these young people were not supported enough in their everyday lives. Their spiritual growth was not sufficient to keep them from falling back into old ways. Chloroquine abuseFollowing a recent eye health tour in Uganda, a group of experts (Drs Sandford-Smith, Hall, Waddell and Mattus) have been concerned to discover the abuse of chloroquine. Most health workers keep stocks of chloroquine to treat malaria. The drug is cheap, easy to obtain and very effective. However, what is not so widely known is that if high doses of this drug are taken over a long period of time, then eyesight is damaged. The damage is very gradual and slight at first. However, there is no ... EditorialPeople addicted to drugs are a very challenging section of society to work with – difficult, unresponsive and often depressing. Rehabilitation work is very demanding. The most successful projects need more than simple concern: they need huge extra resources of patience and love – which usually only come through faith in a loving God. In the industrialised world rehabilitation often begins with detoxification – using a cocktail of substitute drugs to help the body gradually off its ... Health work with drug usersWorking within a network by Graciela Radulich. El Retoño is a Christian organisation which focuses on working with drug users within the poorer areas of the capital of Argentina, Buenos Aires. This organisation was begun in 1985 in order to offer complete rehabilitation (physical, psychiatric, social and spiritual) to male drug users who came voluntarily to ask for help. Ibtida - drug rehabilitation programme, KarachiA community-based drug rehabilitation programme: a project of the Diocese of Karachi, Church of Pakistan Misuse of antibioticsby Theodore Mbata Misuse of antibiotics is a problem in countries across the world, but particularly in the South, where people often use them to treat any minor infection, with or without a doctor’s prescription. Inappropriate use of antibiotics frequently leads to the development of resistant strains of the bacteria that cause infection. This means that in future these antibiotics will not be effective in treating infections. Excessive use of antibiotics also increases the cost of treatment ... Problems with drugsby Dr Taha Baasher. Throughout the history of mankind, nearly all countries and cultures have had problems with the use and abuse of drugs. Since the earliest recorded times, drugs have been used for different reasons – mainly religious, medicinal and pleasure. For example, alcohol and opium were both well known in ancient Egyptian culture. Cannabis was commonly used in Hindu ceremonial rites as well as in Indian and Chinese medicine. Drug related problems, therefore, are not new. Reducing the risks for injecting drug usersInjecting drug users (IDUs) are one of the groups most at risk of HIV infection. The Freedom Programme is an organisation working to prevent the spread of HIV among IDUs in Egypt. Smoking a deadly habitWhy should there be an article on smoking in an issue on drug rehabilitation? Surely, smoking is a pleasant social habit! Advertisements for smoking lead us to believe that it helps us to feel in control of our lives, it helps us to relax and makes us attractive to the opposite sex! The secret killerDid you know that: Tobacco is the only widely available product which, when taken as instructed, kills? Why turn to drugsby David Partington. What is it that encourages people to begin taking addictive drugs? We all have things in our lives which bring special pleasure, things that we want to experience over and over again, things that we would struggle to give up. We all lean on something – the only difference is that drugs and solvents (glue) are very harmful, both physically and mentally.