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Opiate addiction treatment – what options are available?

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If you know someone, or have experiences with opiate addiction, you may be familiar with the intensity of opiate withdrawal symptoms. Opiate drugs, which include heroin and prescription drugs, can begin to produce effects as little as thirty minutes after intake, while the withdrawal symptoms can last for a week or longer. Withdrawal is generally a risky task for any drug, but even more so for opiates due to their addictive nature. Unassisted withdrawal is not always a life-threatening situation, but when not handled well it can lead to high chances of relapse. Medical detoxes are more likely to help the individual succeed from using the drug, as therapy and medications are under assessment.  

Why are opiates addictive? It is human nature to avoid pain as much as possible, which leads to seeking out medical help when possible, including purchasing painkillers to solve the problem. The problem therefore lies in the addiction to the benefits that the drug gives you. Opiates enter to save the situation countless times – they are effective in doing this because they alter the way your brain processes pain. They also have another side effect – by altering this perception, they generate a ‘high’ feeling by changing the pleasure and reward centers of the brain.

The CNS (Central Nervous System) that includes the respiratory system, the brain and cardiovascular systems, contains the nerve endings of opioid receptors. These receptors are responsible for sending pain signals to the brain, and opioid drugs block these receptors, resulting in the brain not receiving the signals and bringing pain relief to the user. This also affects the other components of the CNS, so there is lowering of blood pressure, heart rate, body temperature and breathing, and the increase of pleasant feelings.

The problem here is more serious than you may think – the repeated use of the opioid changes the way the chemistry of the brain operates, therefore leading to dependence on the drug both psychologically and physically. The body stops operating normally without the presence of the drug, resulting in withdrawal symptoms that begin to appear in between dosages or when the person stops consuming the drug for some time. Opiates are indeed a global issue, not just in the U.S., as between 26 and 36 million people around the world abuse the drug in their various forms according to findings from NIDA (National Institute of Drug Abuse).

What are some of the signals of opiate withdrawal? The symptoms may vary from mild to serious, but this is all dependent on how long you have taken the drug, as well as the severity of addiction. In fact, dependency has a link to the time you have experienced the addiction, the specific drug you consume, co-occurrence of a mental health problem, the dosage of the drug, certain environment and biological factors, in addition to underlying medical issues and the method you use to consume the drug.

Environment and biological factors include a family history of drug addiction, highly unsupportive or stressful home life and any previous trauma you have experienced. The usual withdrawal period also varies among individuals, although it tends to follow a specific timeline. These signs are in early withdrawal and late withdrawal symptoms. Early symptoms begin within six to twelve hours after you consume the opiate (this mostly applies to short-acting opiates), while it can also start within a thirty-hour time frame, in case of the long-acting opiates.

Short term signs include muscle aches, tearing up frequently, dilation or constriction of the pupils, blurry vision, and increasing states of restlessness, hypertension, insomnia, excessive fatigue, anxiety problems, increasing sweating, running nose, increasing heartbeat, fever and agitation. Late withdrawal symptoms start as early as 30-72 hours after consumption, and they last for up to a week. They include vomiting as well as nausea, goose bumps, diarrhea, depression and increasing mood swings, craving the drug, and stomach cramps.

Note that psychological symptoms after withdrawal and even during consuming the drug last for more than a week in some instances. This is the reason mental support as well as therapy is also in provision as you go through an opiate detox program. This also ensures that the symptoms and chances of relapse also reduce, and the side effects of withdrawal are also lessened. Another problem presents itself when a pregnant woman uses opioids or suffers an addiction. When her baby is born, the child often experiences withdrawal symptoms, which may include problems with digestion, dehydration, poor feeding, seizures and vomiting.

How long should withdrawal periods last?

Keep in mind that different drugs stay in the system for various periods, so this also affects the appearance of withdrawal symptoms. For instance, in the case of heroin, your body eliminates it at a faster rate than another opiate such as methadone. Heroin usually takes a day after use, so the symptoms begin showing at least 12 hours after use on average, while methadone can take up to 36 hours to show. Doctors and health specialists recommend a withdrawal period of at least six months, even though the individual may go through withdrawal symptoms. This phenomenon is ‘protracted abstinence.’ Your healthcare provider or doctor should be able to give you advice about the issue, and discuss ongoing symptoms with you  

How do doctors diagnose opioid withdrawal?

Your doctor or health care provider does a physical examination, in addition to inquiring about your symptoms. They also order blood and urine tests to confirm the presence of opioids in your body. Some inquiries may include precious drug use history as well as medical status, so to get the best treatment you must answer truthfully.At the end of the day you must try to choose the best possible addiction recovery facility.

What options are available?

For problems of mild withdrawal, the doctor can prescribe aspirin, Tylenol, or NSAIDs (Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) such as Ibuprofen. In nausea issues, hydroxyzine such as Atarax or Vistaril can assist, and Imodium can help with diarrhea. For patients with more severity of symptoms, clonidine is helpful as it lessens the symptoms by up to 75%. Note that there is avoidance of rapid detox treatments, as the administration of the opioid-blocking drugs is under anesthesia. This is to avoid the chances of fatality that may occur if it goes wrong.

Final thoughts

Opiate withdrawal should be handled as carefully as possible for the patient, as it can lead to life-threatening consequences when not correctly done. There are options you can explore, but ensure that it is giving you the best chances of recovery.]]>

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Be Vigilant: WorldRemit issues statement on fraudulent money-doubling scheme in Ghana

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WorldRemit has issued a statement following a warning from the Bank of Ghana for the general public to be wary of a money-doubling scheme operating in Ghana under the pseudo name “Worldremit”, saying, the scheme is fraudulent and does not reward investors as promised.

The Central Bank made it clear that, this fraudulent scheme is distinct from the globally renowned Fintech, “WorldRemit” which is in the business of international fund transfers.  WorldRemit has since issued an official  statement on its website concerning the matter, as follows:

Dear WorldRemit partner,

We’re aware of recent fraudulent attempts to impersonate our brand online in Ghana – using our name or pseudonyms like Worldremit or World Remit.

We aim to be ever-vigilant in our approach to cybersecurity and fraud prevention measures, and do our best to shut down these sorts of attempts when we see them. The reality is that there are many fraudsters on the lookout to scam customers out of their money or personal details. This is not unique to us, but is a very common tactic used by unscrupulous people who target our industry.

Ways we minimise the impact of fraudsters:

1. Educate our customers on security measures, including our most recently published Security Guide, which you can find online here: http://wrem.it/security
2. Report and remove fraudulent accounts that are active on the various social media sites where we operate
3. Only ever use secure connections through our website and app, which use a bespoke, in-house machine learning model to protect against fraud
4. Utilise a bounty programme which pays white hat hackers to find vulnerabilities in our system to then be patched and secured immediately
5. Implement next generation antivirus to keep our system secure from any fraudulent attempts to access our systems internally
6. Adhering to PCIDSS compliance to protect all cardholder data

As always, we seek to keep our customers safe from all online scams where our service is concerned. Some simple steps we would urge our audience in Ghana to adhere to are:

  1. Check that they are visiting our official website www.worldremit.com (you will see a secure lock pad in the browser window next to our URL).
  2. Check that you are downloading our official WorldRemit app before making any transactions. We will never ask for your personal details over our social media sites in a public forum, such as full name, address or bank details. We take your safety very seriously and request that if you do see any instances of people acting fraudulently that you join us in reporting them on whichever channel they appear.

Thank you for your help in this matter,

Your WorldRemit team

 

WorldRemit is a cross-border digital payments service that provides international money transfer and remittance services in more than 130 countries and over 70 currencies. It was founded in 2010 by Ismail Ahmed, Catherine Wines, and Richard Igoe.

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Baileys Delight marks World Liqueur Day in Lush Style

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Baileys Delight, a light and lush cream liquor with a taste of African honey with rich dairy cream, has commemorated this year’s World Liqueur Day in a playful and indulgent way.

 

The first of its kind to be celebrated in Ghana, World Liqueur Day is set aside to celebrate and appreciate the plethora of liqueurs across the world.

 

As part of the celebrations, Baileys Delight popped up in town to share the delightful experience with its patrons by gifting them a delightful box containing items such as  Baileys Delight infused chocolate bar, a branded glass and a bottle of Baileys Delight — right from the heart of Baileys.

 

To reiterate the celebratory moment and leave a lasting impression, the gifting came with a customized festive balloon. The goal of the gifting is to share a delightful experience with Ghanaians and rekindle the light taste of Indulgence in their lives.

 

Some of the patrons who benefitted from this gifting spree include Tiktok stars Wesley Kesse and Say Logan.  Others include media icon Chrystral Karyee, Nana Made in China, Asantewaa Neizer, Gisela Amponsah, Akosua Win, and a host of other inspiring figures. Beneficiaries were also delighted about the message of responsible drinking and urged that others explore the drinkiq.com platform for more.

 

Baileys Delight remains the delectable offering of choice from the makers of Baileys Original Irish cream, and offers a flawless fusion of Cream Liqueur with an African twist to present a perfectly silky, smooth, and delicious treat. Baileys Delight is invitingly charming.

 

The deliciously light cream liquor ingredients are a product of meticulous craftsmanship, innovation, and delicious trendsetting that Guinness Ghana is renowned for.

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Top YouTube Analytics Essential to Grow Your Channel

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Having a successful channel is more than growing views and subscribers. There are a lot of factors that come into play when analyzing your channel’s growth. In addition to view and subscriber count, strategizing with more metrics in mind provides the transparency you need to grow your channel.

It can feel overwhelming and like a foreign language, but Promolta has broken down the analytics you need to watch to create more successful videos and in turn, grow your channel!

1. Pay Attention to Impressions

Impressions are the number of times your video’s thumbnail appeared on a user’s screen. This is a great metric to see how visible your videos are on the platform and where users are more likely to see them.

To dig a little deeper, the impression click-through rate shows the number of people who clicked on your video from just seeing your thumbnail. This helps you determine which thumbnails and titles work for pulling in views. And not just views, comparing this metric with average view duration lets you see how long people watch your video. Having a high impression click-through rate and high average view duration means users are responding well to your thumbnail and title and are interested in your content.

2. Keep Up with Watch Times

It’s just as important to keep track of views as it is to keep track of watch times. Watch time is the number of minutes your viewers have spent watching your content. Identifying which videos gain the most watch time can help you determine what content your audience prefers. This metric is key to gain more visibility as the YouTube algorithm pushes videos with high watch times and engagement.

3. Examine your Audience Retention

Similar to average view duration, audience retention shows how long your viewers are watching and when they stop. It also shows specific times in the video that your viewers engaged with most. This metric allows you to break down your video second by second and discover key moments that pulled in your viewers. This is useful information to keep in mind when you create your videos.

4. Identify Your Traffic Sources

Identifying where you pull in your viewers from is important to help you bring in more. Traffic sources are where on YouTube your viewers click on your videos and what external sites they come from. Keeping track of your traffic sources can help you strategize marketing for those top sources and bring in more viewers.

5. Learn Where Your Videos Are Being Shared

Similar to traffic sources, you want to know where your videos are being shared. Looking at the sharing service metric lets you see what social media sites your video is being shared to and where your video is being embedded. This is essential to create more shareable content for your viewers, pull in more views from external sources to grow your channel.

6. Discover What Devices Your Viewers Uses

What device your viewers are using can influence what videos they watch. Looking at the device type metric will show you where most of your views come from. Mobile users might be more inclined to watch shorter content while computer users might apt for longer videos and playlists. With this data, you can optimize your content for the device type most viewers use and pull in more engagement.

7. Study Your Card Click-Through Rates

Card click-through rates measure the percentage of viewers who click on your cards. It can also show which type of cards your viewers prefer. Analyzing this metric can guide you to identify your most engaging cards and even the best timing and placement. You can use this data to implement engaging cards into all your videos helping bring in more views and subscribers.

Learning about your viewers is vital to learning how to keep your viewers and gain more. While there is a litany of metrics available, these core analytics are always relevant no matter how big your following grows.

We hope you enjoyed this blog.

 

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H.E Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo, H.E Paul Kagame To Grace YouthConnekt Africa Summit

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The Government of the Republic of Ghana, through the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the National Youth Authority, in partnership with the YouthConnekt Africa Hub and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), will host the 2021 YouthConnekt Africa Summit.

The Summit, which will be held from Wednesday, 20th October to Friday, 22nd October 2021, is based on the theme: “Africa Beyond Aid: Positioning The Youth for The Post COVID Economy and AfCFTA Opportunities.”

This will help highlight coordinated trade and job creation policies and ignite a conversation on social investment in African Youth.

As a hybrid event, the summit will take place at the Accra International Conference Centre and Online.

The 2021 YouthConnekt Africa Summit will provide a platform for all partners involved in youth development to strategize around policies, programs and partnerships that position African youth to cater for the AfCFTA and advance regional integration.

The summit will also positively impact the creative industry through skills development, sports, tourism and the digital economy.

The President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the president of Rwanda, Paul Kagame and other keynote speakers with experience in entrepreneurship and trade will be speaking at the Summit.

Other noted speakers include the Minister for Youth and Sports in Ghana, Hon. Mustapha Ussif, the Minister for Youth and Culture in Rwanda, Hon. RoseMary Mbawazi and Ahunna Eziakonwa, the UNDP Assitant Administrator and Director, Regional Bureau for Africa.

The 2021 YouthConnekt Africa Summit will offer, over the three days, a combination of informative, high-level plenaries, panel discussions, keynote speeches, small group workshops, research presentation and off-site activities.

 

Further details can be found via: https://youthconnektafrica2021.org

About The YouthConnekt Africa Summit:

The YouthConnekt Africa Summit is an annual convening that connects youth from across the continent and beyond with policy influencers, political leaders, public/private and development sector institutions to engage, discuss, design, and accelerate youth empowerment efforts at the continent level.

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The Tropical Fiesta 2 Artist Line Up is crazy !!!

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Wait Wait Wait , it’s been almost 2 years since we seen a line up like this .What ? Not since COVID.
Friday evening Akwaboah, Efya, Adina, Kwabena Kwabena perform at the Verve Cliquot garden party with the YWF Band .

Later that night D-Black the enjoyment minister hosts guests from the Uk, South Africa, 10 djs & mc’s at the Bleu Me Away Rave.

On Saturday morning, there’s a celerity soccer gala , snooker and spar tournament, volley ball contest for the ladies and gold lessons before the All White Exclusive Boat Party hosted by socialite, artist, entrepreneur Mona 4Real, South African reality tv stars Faith Nketsi and Lady Kim, Ace entertainer Segos Pumpkin from South African & Belgian Model Shallie on the New Dodi Princess Boat.

The Tropical Traffic pool concert with Mr. Drew, Sefa, Kofi Jamar, Mona 4 Real, Dope Nation, Mz Vee, SWADU (Seirra Leone), Segos Pumpkin (SA), Dj Neptune (Nigeria), Quamina MP + more jamming on stage happens right after to climax an epic day.

On Sunday 4Syte tv hosts the biggest pool
Party yet at the Royal Senchi at 2pm before Stonebwoy, D-Black & Medial finish us off at the Black Out Rave that same night as we rave till the am.

Patrons will be treated to 10 exclusive parties all weekend , jam with the Young , Wild & Free band all weekend and also vote which of their favourite legendary highlife acts they want to see on Monday’s brunch before they leave back to their homes.

Tropical Fiesta is a 4 day 3 night fun get away music & lifestyle festival experience brought to you by Livewire Events and supported by Club Onyx, Yfm, 4Syte Tv, Event Factory, 3 Music, Oasis Lounge, Muse Africa, Belaire, Verve Cliqout & Hennessy.

This year’s edition dubbed Tropical Fiesta 2, 4 Days and 3 nights away from it all happens at the Royal Senchi, Akosombo from the 5th – 8th of November 2021.

The 8am aerobics class by the pool , the cigar lounge and vendor market place are perks to look out for at this years Tropical Fiesta happening from 5-8 November at the Royal Senchi.
Get your packages or tickets now at www.tropicalfiesta.com or for
Info / Reservations : +233 55 453 1243 | +233 54 381 1852 | +233 20 757 6743

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Get stylish with the HUAWEI FreeBuds 4i with long lasting battery and immersive noise cancellation

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Complete with High quality sound, long lasting battery topped off with Immersive noise cancellation

 

Are you looking for a pair of new wireless earphones with high quality sound, super long battery life, impressive active noise cancellation, fast charging, and one that comes with a chic design? Huawei has exactly what your heart desires – the HUAWEI FreeBuds 4i earphones with high quality sound, longest battery life and active noise cancellation.

 

 

Listen to your music with high quality sound

Huawei’s earphones are designed for the young, active city dwellers who enjoy listening to their music a bit more than everyone else does. Speaking of music, the HUAWEI FreeBuds 4i comes with a 10mm dynamic driver with well-balanced performance, ensuring sharp sound and high quality no matter the kind of audio. The HUAWEI FreeBuds 4i are expertly tuned for music, they subtly balance instrumental and vocal audio frequencies making these pair a great companion for all sorts of music lovers.

 

Rapid charging with long battery life

What is the point of wireless earphones if they cannot be charged swiftly or if their batteries run out of power every now and then? Another problem avoided with the HUAWEI FreeBuds 4i, more charging speeds equals more operational time. The HUAWEI FreeBuds 4i can offer 10 hours of continuous music playback or 6.5 hours of voice call on a full charge. Together with the charging case, it could achieve up to 22 hours of music playback or 14 hours of voice call. Moreover, these earphones can provide 4 hours of audio playback with just a quick 10-minutes coffee break charge. Additionally, the HUAWEI FreeBuds 4i supports fast charging to address any concerns about low battery. Thanks to its fast-charge and impressive battery life, you no longer need to worry about the battery level when you are out or rush back home just to charge your earphones.

 

Isolate yourself from unwanted noise

Listening to your favourite tunes when in noisy places could be a challenge, we know. Or, talking to your superior over the phone when in crowded areas can also be difficult sometimes, thankfully the HUAWEI FreeBuds 4i addresses these issues. The HUAWEI FreeBuds 4i actively cancels out noise to provide you with immersive audio, regardless of where you are. Moreover, the HUAWEI FreeBuds 4i comes with an Awareness mode to stay aware of your surroundings and communicate clearly with those around you without having to take off the earphones.

Your calls are also clear, thanks to the multiple technologies used by the HUAWEI FreeBuds 4i including the emission of “inverted soundwave”, supported by two external microphones for accurate sound pickup. It also comes with a unique anti-wind design, which can effectively improve wind noise cancellation for greater call clarity.

 

A chic and dapper design

Since you are probably going to be wearing earphones a lot, you do not only need them to provide you with high quality sound but you also need them to be sleek and stylish. The HUAWEI FreeBuds 4i comes in three colourways: Ceramic White, Carbon Black and Red, they are also lightweight fitting the ear canal and ultimately making them comfortable to wear all-day long.

 

 

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