We provide accessible and professional help for individuals and families struggling with drug and alcohol addictions using a structured therapy programme designed for people with substance, prescription meds and alcohol abuse problems

The Reboot Centre provides a safe environment for everyone to work on their issues and effect long-lasting change. Counselling is given by trained and experienced addiction specialists using the basic 12 session program that includes individual and family counselling sessions and group therapy. Extra sessions after the initial phase of the programme may be required for some individuals, depending on their need.

At Reboot we provide treatment for alcohol and drug addictions along with treatment for co-occurring disorders such as depression and anxiety that frequently occur with addiction.

Addiction is a substance use disorder, associated with compulsive or uncontrolled use of one or more substances. It is a chronic brain disease that has the potential for both recurrence (relapse) and recovery.

A psychoactive compound with the potential to cause health and social problems, including substance use disorders (and their most severe manifestation, addiction).

Substance Category Representative Examples
Alcohol
  • Beer
  • Wine
  • Malt liquor
  • Distilled spirits
Illicit Drugs
  • Cocaine, including crack
  • Heroin
  • Hallucinogens, including LSD, PCP, ecstasy, peyote, mescaline, psilocybin
  • Methamphetamines, including crystal meth
  • Marijuana, including hashish
  • Synthetic drugs, including K2, Spice, and “bath salts”
  • Prescription-type medications that are used for non-medical purposes
    • Pain Relievers – Synthetic, semi-synthetic, and non-synthetic opioid medications, including fentanyl, codeine, oxycodone, hydrocodone, and tramadol products
    • Tranquilizers, including benzodiazepines, meprobamate products, and muscle relaxants
    • Stimulants and Methamphetamine, including amphetamine, dextroamphetamine, and phentermine products; mazindol products; and methylphenidate or dexmethylphenidate products
    • Sedatives, including temazepam, flurazepam, or triazolam and any barbiturates
Over-the-Counter Drugs and Other Substances
  • Cough and cold medicines
  • Inhalants, including amyl nitrite, cleaning fluids, gasoline and lighter gases, aesthetics, solvents, spray paint, nitrous oxide
Nicotine
  • Cigarettes and other tobacco products

You can ask or help them to take various popular and clinically tested self-assessment tests like- CAGE-AID, which are available on our website in the Tests section.

The signs and symptoms of substance dependence vary according to the individual, the substance they are addicted to, their family history (genetics), and personal circumstances.

Signs and symptoms of substance addiction may include:

  • The person takes the substance and cannot stop – In many cases, such as nicotine, alcohol or drug dependence, at least one serious attempt was made to give up, but unsuccessfully.
  • Withdrawal symptoms – When body levels of that substance go below a certain level the patient has physical and mood-related symptoms. There are cravings, bouts of moodiness, bad temper, poor focus, a feeling of being depressed and empty, frustration, anger, bitterness and resentment.
  • There may suddenly be increased appetite. Insomnia is a common symptom of withdrawal. In some cases the individual may have constipation or diarrhoea. With some substances, withdrawal can trigger violence, trembling, seizures, hallucinations, and sweats.
  • Addiction continues despite health problem awareness – The individual continues taking the substance regularly, even though they have developed illnesses linked to it. For example, a smoker may continue smoking even after a lung or heart condition develops.
  • Social and/or recreational sacrifices – Some activities are given up because of an addiction to something. For example, an alcoholic may turn down an invitation to go camping or spend a day out on a boat if no alcohol is available, a smoker may decide not to meet up with friends in a smoke-free pub or restaurant.
  • Maintaining a good supply – People who are addicted to a substance will always make sure they have a good supply of it, even if they do not have much money. Sacrifices may be made in the house budget to make sure the substance is as plentiful as possible.
  • Taking risks

a)   In some cases the addicted individual make take risks to make sure he/she can obtain his/her substance, such as stealing or trading sex for money/drugs.

b)   While under the influence of some substances the addict may engage in risky activities, such as driving fast.

  • Dealing with problems – An addicted person commonly feels they need their drug to deal with their problems.
  • Obsession – An addicted person may spend more and more time and energy focusing on ways of getting hold of their substance, and in some cases how to use it.
  • Secrecy and solitude – In many cases the addict may take their substance alone, and even in secret.
  • Denial – A significant number of people who are addicted to a substance are in denial. They are not aware (or refuse to acknowledge) that they have a problem.
  • Excess consumption – In some addictions, such as alcohol, some drugs and even nicotine, the individual consumes it to excess. The consequence can be blackouts (cannot remember chunks of time) or physical symptoms, such as a sore throat and bad persistent cough (heavy smokers).
  • Dropping hobbies and activities – As the addiction progresses the individual may stop doing things he/she used to enjoy a lot. This may even be the case with smokers who find they cannot physically cope with taking part in their favourite sport.
  • Having stashes – The addicted individual may have small stocks of their substance hidden away in different parts of the house or car; often in unlikely places.
  • Taking an initial large dose – This is common with alcoholism. The individual may gulp drinks down in order to get drunk and then feel good.
  • Having problems with the law – This is more a characteristic of some drug and alcohol addictions (not nicotine, for example). This may be either because the substance impairs judgment and the individual takes risks they would not take if they were sober, or in order to get hold of the substance they break the law.
  • Financial difficulties – If the substance is expensive the addicted individual may sacrifice a lot to make sure its supply is secured. Even cigarettes, which in countries like India costs about Rs. 300 for a pack of twenty – a 40-a-day smoker will need to put aside nearly Rs. 20,000 per month or Rs. 2.4 Lacs per year.
  • Relationship problems – These are more common in drug/alcohol addiction.

Some substance/alcohol abusers who are not technically addicted may also suffer from or cause some of the descriptions mentioned above, but they do not usually have the withdrawal symptoms of an addict or the same compulsion to consume the substance.

There are various physical, behavioural, and emotional signs you can look for, like- spending unusually long hours in the washroom, excessive sniffing and runny nose (not attributable to a cold), dilated pupils or red eyes, isolated or secretive about activities, disrupted sleep patterns, always in need of money, compulsive lying, irritability, confusion, and unusual defensiveness on confrontation.

The use of any substance in a manner, situation, amount, or frequency that can cause harm to users or to those around them. For some substances or individuals, any use would constitute misuse (e.g., underage drinking, injection drug use).

Any health or social problem that results from substance misuse. Substance misuse problems or consequences may affect the substance user or those around them, and they may be acute (e.g., an argument or fight, a motor vehicle crash, an overdose) or chronic (e.g., a long term substance-related medical, family, or employment problem, or chronic medical condition, such as various cancers, heart disease, and liver disease). These problems may occur at any age and are more likely to occur with greater frequency of substance misuse.

The return to alcohol and drug use after a significant period of abstinence.

A process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential. Even individuals with severe and chronic substance use disorders can, with help, overcome their substance use disorder and regain health and social function. This is called remission. When those positive changes and values become part of a voluntarily adopted lifestyle, that is called “being in recovery.” Although abstinence from all substance misuse is a cardinal feature of a recovery lifestyle, it is not the only healthy, pro-social feature.

Majorly due to its misinterpretation as a voluntary habit, family members often hope in vain that their loved ones will give up the addiction on their own. Often this act of hoping for addicts to reconcile on their own allows the disease of addiction to progressively worsen, resulting in further damage to the addict’s physical, social, family and professional life.  Since with treatment and support recovery is immediately available, it is advisable that you seek professional help at the earliest to help your loved one.

Friends and family members often suffer when a loved one has a substance use disorder. This may be due to worry about the loved one experiencing accidents, injuries, negative social and legal consequences, diseases, or death, as well as fear of the loved one engaging in destructive behaviour, such as stealing, manipulating, or being verbally or physically aggressive.

Do’s
  • Learn about the addiction and how it may affect each member of the family.
  • Encourage your loved one to seek help and sustain in treatment.
  • Allow your loved one to take responsibility for his/her own recovery.
  • Protect yourself physically, emotionally, and financially as necessary.
  • Consider seeking support for yourself, even if your loved one is not in treatment.
  • Understand the problem and impact it has on you to help you cope better.
Don’ts
  • Nag, argue, lecture, threaten or recall past mistakes.
  • Overprotect, cover-up or rescue your loved one from the consequences of his/her addiction.
  • Neglect yourself.
  • Forget that addiction is an illness.
  • Manipulate or make idle threats.
  • Reboot provides emotional support to concerned significant others and families, to help them systematically and strategically alter their own unproductive behaviours that have emerged in their efforts to deal with the substance use problems of their affected loved one.
  • Reboot also provides support to concerned family members, affected significant others, and friends whether or not their loved one seeks help and achieves remission or recovery. Our goal is to foster emotional stability and “loving detachment” along with encouraging family members to get their loved one into treatment or recovery.
  • Reboot holds workshops and camps which focuses on the specific needs of adolescents affected by a parent’s or other family member’s substance use.

Alteration of the body’s responsiveness to alcohol or a drug such that higher doses are required to produce the same effect achieved during initial use.

A set of symptoms that are experienced when discontinuing use of a substance to which a person has become dependent or addicted, which can include negative emotions such as stress, anxiety, or depression, as well as physical effects such as nausea, vomiting, muscle aches, and cramping, among others. Withdrawal symptoms often lead a person to use the substance again.