Dr. Sadaqat Ali’s expert opinion on “Alcoholism is a disease”




In this video Dr. Sadaqat Ali talks about “Alcoholism is a disease”. Dr. Sadaqat Ali is a renowned addiction psychiatrist and project director of Willing Ways Pakistan.

Alcoholism is considered to be a physiological disorder that further causes psychological and social problems. Not necessarily every user becomes an alcoholic rather only 10% of alcohol users develop this disorder.  It is very similar to diabetes, which relates to genetic codes. There are certain triggers that initiate the process of disease in the body. These triggers can be environmental or psychological. Once the addictive gene is triggered it produces a metabolic error. Because of this metabolic error, consumption of alcohol results in the production of toxic chemicals such as chloroform. Furthermore the hallmark of alcoholism is denial. Individual suffering from alcoholism may not be aware of his disease. Unfortunately, other people also perceive this disorder as merely a character flaw and see the alcoholic as a wicked person with weak will power. The truth is in total contrast to this taboo, it is a pure bio-psycho-social disorder.  Disease model of alcoholism suggests that it is a primary, progressive, chronic disease which is fatal in nature. Moreover, alcoholism generates 324 other recognizable diseases.

Suddenly quitting the alcohol leads to misery of body aches, nausea, headaches, shivering and insomnia termed as withdrawals. Another danger is to face Delirium tremens (DTs) in which individual loses the sense of reality for few days. Quitting alcohol by cold turkey method can be counterproductive. Thus, seeking help by going to rehabilitation and following a recovery program is an appropriate way.

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Dr. Sadaqat Ali , a graduate from Dow Medical College, Karachi is a renowned professional in the field of addiction psychiatry. He has a background of getting trained at “HAZELDEN” and “Vital Smarts”, USA. Dr. Sadaqat Ali is the Project Director of Willing Ways Pakistan, and Sadaqat Clinic (pvt.) Limited. He is a sought after speaker who promotes new scientific solutions for persistent and profound problems. Dr. Sadaqat’s name was included in the international Who’s Who directory of professionals which was the first ever distinction of any Pakistani doctor. The print and electronic media have interviewed him extensively. He appears frequently on national TV channels expressing his views on drug addiction, alcoholism, compulsive gambling, suicide prevention and home runaways. He loves to train people on how to intervene if a family member indulges in self-destructive behaviors. He is running a number of national facilities. Willing ways for outdoor and Sadaqat Clinic for indoor treatment of addiction and alcoholism.

Willing Ways Pakistan is an accredited center of excellence in the field of drug treatment and counseling. We have a history, while we started our operations in 1979 when Pakistan was suddenly hard hit by heroin epidemic. We bravely took the responsibility of making public aware that addiction is very much treatable at any stage and today we stand proud being the trusted leaders in the field of addiction treatment. We have our clientele not only in Pakistan but across the borders as well including UK, USA, Middle East and Europe.

At Willing Ways Pakistan the clients are treated scientifically – the secret of our long lasting standing in the field of addiction and counseling. We keep our team and our program up to date with the latest advancements while helping our clients through extensive, specialized and client centered treatment program. These programs are not only patient focused but an extensive work is done with family through what we call counseling for change. The major purpose of this program is to bring peace and serenity in the lives of those who have been suffering in silence, because of a family member’s addictive behavior. We equip families with a set of vital behaviors to produce results.

The programs are uniquely tailored to meet the needs of the patient which eventually help them reach their ultimate goal of a serene life. Our organization comprises of a highly competent team that holds striking credentials and is not only well trained but also carries extensive know – how. We are a unique team of clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, Addiction counselors and Medical specialists involved in research and education, and who collaborate with each other within the institute to ensure our clients receive the best possible care.

We are leading the battle to conquer the disease in all of its forms through cutting-edge research and innovative approaches. Our mission is to prevent, treat and manage addiction for a world free of this illness and its complications.