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Remembering Dr. Kleber

Source: Google Doodle Greetings from Kripa! Today, we remember Dr. Herbert David Kleber, a pioneering doctor in the field of addiction treatment. Dr Kleber who worked in addiction psychology for over 40 years in the US, co- on Addiction & Substance Abuse. He viewed addiction not as a moral failure, but as a condition that […]

True Life Stories: John, Part 2

Greetings from Kripa Revival Centre. Here’s the second and concluding part of our real life story on John: The first stirring of responsibility dawned on John when he realised the harm he was inflicting on himself. John got himself admitted into rehabilitation programmes over a period of 2 – 6 years; none of them really […]

True Life Stories: John, Part 1

Greetings from Kripa Revival Centre. Here’s the second of our real life stories. We feature John (name changed in order to protect privacy) in this story. Let’s be contrarian this time and start at the end. John is in his early 50’s, of average height and build, with strong arms, and a helpful demeanour. His […]

A parallel life story

Greetings from Kripa Revival Centre. Just to give you, dear readers, a heads up – our second real life story is coming up. We are incredibly grateful to John (name changed on request) for sharing his life story for our benefit. As with our first real life story about Anand, we found some common ground […]

Towards a successful treatment

Greetings from Kripa! In our previous post, we had started our discussion on treatment for substance abuse addiction. Here are some important principles which should form the foundation of an effective treatment program. As a parent, friend or caretaker of the patient, its important for you to know these principles to understand the scope and […]

Can addiction be treated?

Welcome back! As we mentioned in our previous posts, addiction is a disease that affects a person’s brain and his behaviour. Addiction starts as a voluntary act, an experiment of sorts and then slowly progresses to becoming a repeat, recurrent and compulsive behaviour by the addict. The question is: Can addiction be treated? Definitely, yes. […]

Professional Service Providers

Greetings! In our previous post on the do’s and dont’s when addressing addicts / addiction, we recommended caregivers to ‘discuss the situation with someone you trust’ to help relieve anxiety & worry. However, expert advice must be sought for an effective solution to the issue and the addict treated for the illness. The following professionals, […]

Guidelines for caregivers

Hello! The last few posts, as we hope you have read, were focused on Addiction. In the event you find a loved one addicted to substances, you might find yourself experiencing a range of emotions – anger, sadness, disappointment, frustration etc. Remember, you are as human as the addicted one is and you should allow […]

Addiction Dangers

Greetings from Kripa! In our last couple of posts, we’ve written about drug addiction and several of its aspects. Some users seek out drugs to relax (‘chill’) and unwind, while others turn to chemicals to expand their sensory perceptions or give them energy. For many addicts, drugs are a way to relieve physical or emotional […]

Stages to Addiction

Hello once again. On our Kripa Blog here, we continue our focus on addiction. Are there stages to addiction? Let’s see in this post. Drugs are chemical substances that alter brain structure / chemistry, affecting user feelings and sensory perceptions and change the bodily functions. Addiction to drugs rarely happens overnight; it is a multistage […]

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