Effective and Affordable Drug Addiction Treatment for Malaysians at The Cabin Chiang Mai
Drug addiction is a complex, serious problem in Malaysia. Although drug use is illegal and subject to harsh punishments, there are currently over 500,000 people in Malaysia – 80% of them Malaysian – who are registered drug addicts. Over 10% of those are youths at risk for developing lifelong drug habits. Most addicts, however, do not register, so Malaysia’s drug problem is likely much more serious than statistics would suggest.
Some estimate that as much as 4% of the current population struggles with drug addiction. By comparison, the corresponding figure in the US is around 0.03%. The relapse rate in Malaysia is very high as well, at around 50%, putting those in recovery at risk – and indicating that being treated abroad will give you your best chance at long-term abstinence.
It’s a common misperception that addiction is a sign of weak will or lack of self-control and that a person who’s addicted should just ‘decide’ to quit. 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 Malaysia:
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. 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. 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. This includes amphetamine-type stimulants, methamphetamines, cocaine, heroin and marijuana/hashish among many others. These drugs are 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.