Too Young – Too Late

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The earlier in life one introduces drugs in his body the larger is the probability that he/she will continue on long term problematic use of drugs, not withstanding the negative consequences that such use may bring along. The harm ranges from social difficulties to conflicts in relationships, involvement with the criminal system, medical complications as… Read more »

Dealing with Loss and Grief

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When someone we love passes away or we lose something very dear to us, we are gripped by great sorrow and go through many uncomfortable emotions. We may even convince ourselves that the pain and sorrow associated with loss will never go away. These are very normal reactions that one experiences in case of loss…. Read more »

OASI Meeting with Standing Committee for Gozo Affairs

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The OASI Foundation was invited to attend a meeting of the Standing Committee for Gozo Affairs to discuss the impact that Covid-19 is having on our beneficiaries and services.  A recording of the meeting can be listened to on the Parliament website.   More information can be found in this article by Hon. Dr. Justyne Caruana,… Read more »

Denial is the Greatest Enemy of the Truth

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Denial is the greatest enemy of the truth; It puts you in a bubble and cuts you off completely from reality; Makes you extremely sensitive to the least important thing; Whilst continuing to seek attention endlessly!   I lived my life with very low esteem. I was bullied, cut myself to physically relieve myself from… Read more »

6 Subtle Signs You Have an Anger Problem

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Anger is a normal human emotion, and can be beneficial in the right context. For example, righteous anger can help us defend ourselves from other people. Unfortunately, inappropriate and frequent episodes of anger can undermine your relationships, career, and health. Shouting, swearing, and throwing objects are all obvious signs of pathological anger, but did you know it’s possible… Read more »

Prevention

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“A CLEVER person solves a problem, A WISE person avoids it” – Albert Einstein    Prevention means: recognizing the possibilities of harm and preparing oneself beforehand or take action to stop it from happening. The main focus here is for every citizen, adults and especially school children, to never have any reason to resort to any dependency…. Read more »

OASI Foundation Operations 2019

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The OASI Foundation continued to experience an increase in people who used its services due to drug-related problems that are considered recreational. The Foundation’s Therapy Team works with over 200 cases a year. In 2019, 44% had problems directly related to cocaine use, while 25% asked for help due to alcohol-related difficulties and 9% due… Read more »

Debate on Cannabis for So-Called ‘Recreational’ Use

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Caritas Malta, Sedqa, the OASI Foundation and the Maltese Association of Psychiatry are in agreement that: There needs to be more sensitivity towards persons who use cannabis. The Law of 2015 – Drug Dependence (Treatment Not Imprisonment) Act – was an effective law and a step forward so that those persons caught with small amounts… Read more »