Getting your facts straight

Recent media attention on substance abuse, problem gambling, and other addictions has put the thorny issue on the spotlight yet again. Although acupuncture is a new addition to the current multidisciplinary treatment approach comprising medication and counselling (“IMH takes a stab at helping addicts”, Straits Times, 6 Sept 2013), there are a number of existing resources available to address the problem of addictions:

1. Local resources

  • National hotline for all addictions: 6-RECOVER (Mon to Fri, 8.30am to 10pm)
  • National hotline for Problem Gambling: 1800-6-668-668 (24h hotline)
  • Resources and services | National Addictions Management Service (NAMS)

2. Problems with substance use

Drug addiction is a complex disease (NIH). It’s important to have the facts:

3.  Problems with alcohol use

When does drinking become a problem? Find out from this NAMS fact sheet.

4. Problem gambling

Activation of brain reward areas of people with problem gambling is similar to those of people with alcohol use disorders. It’s important to know the signs: