Dr. Sadaqat Ali talks about addictive behaviors


In this video Dr. Sadaqat Ali  extensively talks about addictive behaviors exhibited by people of different age groups. Dr. Sadaqat Ali is a renowned addiction psychiatrist and project director of Willing Ways Pakistan.

Addiction is an illness which needs to be treated with proper medical care. There are indications before every illness, like high cholesterol before heart problems. Likewise, addiction has some pointers, those include people who are reactive/impulsive, who don’t set priorities in life, who don’t believe in equality, either sacrifice themselves for the sake of others or damage others for self, with poor listening/understanding, doing much of the talk, who don’t believe in teamwork and who stop learning/enhancing in life.

Drug addiction is most commonly found in teenagers and adults who are high achievers, both groups having their unique signs/symptoms. Signs in teenagers include: Fall in grades, having friends that are disliked by parents, Bad relations with parents/siblings, No self respect, disrupted sleep routine, early onset of cigarette smoking and easily distracted in unconstructive activities. Parents should establish their writ peacefully by organized interventions. Humiliating/scolding the children doesn’t help. High-achieving adults push their limits to make their mark, draining themselves of energy, so they resort to drugs. Their signs include declining performance, disrupted relations, lack of planning and isolation. For betterment, one should work on interpersonal skills, find a sponsor, stay away from slippery people/places, make necessary environmental changes, and keep visiting default future.

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.