Organization for Addiction Prevention Treatment and Rehabilitation (OAPTAR)


Have you ever felt like you “feel fat” and “over-weight” even when you hardly eat?


Do you fear gaining weight and being overweight?


At the same time, you are anxious about how you look….so you go on a semi-starvation diet

If the answer is YES, then you have an eating disorder.

Many people who develop an eating disorder will deny it in the beginning. Other symptoms (like dry skin, brittle nails or constipation and low blood pressure, to name a few) will develop, and it is important to get help. If we observe or know that a friend or a loved one is in that condition, we need to research out and lend a hand.

People with eating disorders can develop substance use disorders or may have substance use disorders prior to the eating disorder.

There is TREATMENT and HOPE is certain.

Many drinkers use alcohol as a Band-Aid for deeper issues. Some use it as a sedative to keep past traumas buried.

For others, it helps push back the pain of loneliness, anxiety or an unhappy relationship. Some even use it to overcome physical pain.

The reason other solutions to problem drinking often fail is that they try to eliminate the symptoms without addressing the underlying problem.

If you’re miserable in an unhappy relationship and someone takes away the things that help you cope, it’s easy to see that your new found peace is a house built without a foundation and provides your solution without restricting your freedom.

The smoke from combustible tobacco products contains more than 7,000 chemicals.

Nicotine is the primary reinforcing component of tobacco; it drives tobacco addiction.

Hundreds of compounds are added to tobacco to enhance its flavor and the absorption of nicotine.

Cigarette smoking is the most popular method of using tobacco; however, many people also use smokeless tobacco products, such as snuff and chewing tobacco, which also contain nicotine.

In addition to the drug’s impact on multiple neurotransmitters and their receptors, many behavioral factors can affect the severity of withdrawal symptoms. For many people who smoke, the feel, smell, and sight of a cigarette and the ritual of obtaining, handling, lighting, and smoking the cigarette are all associated with the pleasurable effects of smoking and can make withdrawal or craving worse. Learning processes in the brain associate these cues with nicotine-induced dopamine surges in the reward system.—similar to what occurs with other drug addictions.

Nicotine replacement therapies such as gum, patches, and inhalers, and other medications approved for the treatment of nicotine
addiction may help alleviate the physiological aspects of withdrawal. However, cravings often persist because of the power of these cues.
Behavioral therapies can help smokers identify environmental triggers of craving so they can use strategies to avoid these triggers and manage the feelings that arise when triggers cannot be.

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OAPTAR Brochure

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