A woman grabbing her head out of frustration

High Time: Why We’re Addressing Addiction Today

An expert speaks on how you can quit.

While exact figures on substance abuse in this region vary, 14.33% of car crashes are caused by drunk driving in Dubai, and the use of substances like nicotine and alcohol in everyday life remains widely popular. It can become easy to get addicted in such an environment – and even harder to quit. Enter: Noura Alali, a psychologist with a graduate degree in appliedbehavioural analysis. 

Not only does Noura work with the entire spectrum of relationships and specialise in relationship solutions, infidelity support, and self-love, but she has also worked with teens in Toronto. There, she helped students battle peer pressure, observing how substance abuse can be linked to peer pressure and the need for approval through rebellious actions. Addressing the grip of substance abuse, she reveals six things we all should know.

1. We need to start addressing substance abuse in this region.

“The problem is that addiction is seen as a taboo topic, especially considering the culture and the fact that the laws are quite strict. Abuse of drugs such as narcotics and alcohol receive a lot of judgement here. Although the community tries to portray the UAE as a drug-free place, usage still existsunfortunately. In terms of alcohol, serving it is seen as part of being a tourist attraction and, although that is okay, it does create a comfortable space for an alcohol problem to develop with limited resources to aid those in need.”

2. It starts from you, your past, and your circle.

“Some of the most common causes of addiction stem from peer pressure,dysfunctional homes, and unresolved trauma. Friends might influence you to act a particular way and engage in unhealthy habits, including indulging in harmful substances. Previous mental challenges that haven’t been addressed can also fester, while homes that have created a hostile environment can push people to look for a release, leading them to use alcohol, drugs, or smoking as an ‘escape’. The symptoms and side effects of substance abuse can manifest as anxiety,depression, suicidal thoughts, and self-harm.”

3. You can break free from it.

“The first step in quitting should be to inform your family and friends of the issue, your environment, and the condition you are in. The second would be to seek help. Seeking help can mean going to rehab or reaching out to a psychologist who specialises in substance abuse. In fact, you can contact CDA directly on the phone line, where they can guide you with a list of great substance abuse therapists.

Some rehabilitation centres that you can consider include Ownak Social Rehabilitation Center and Erada Center. You should also try to change your environment and cut off friends who have the same habits. Another tip is to create a self-care routine. Do things that make you feel good, strong, and bring you to a place of peace – this could be salt baths, going on walks, music therapy, art, and really anything that works!”

4. A relapse isn’t the end of the world!

“Relapsing is quite common with addictions, and that’s why it’s always best to get an addiction recovery sponsor involved. They’re someone who can support you in moments of vulnerability, someone to call, and remind you to stay on track. It’s also important to find the trigger that throws you back into the relapse loop. This could be a person, a thought, or even a recurring memory. Finding a specialist or a rehabilitation centre that can help you stay clean is the best way to break free from addiction.”

5. If someone you know is struggling, you can help.

“One of the best ways to help someone who is an addict is by doing an intervention and making them seek professional help. You might get frustrated and angry when dealing with an addict as it is a heavy toll to take on, but offeringsupport and a judgement-free zone is the best thing you can do. You can also create comfort kits to make them feel safe and cared for. It can be a great reminder of your positive role in helping them out.”

6. We need to do more to support addicts in this region.

“In this region, substance abuse is shut down and given harsh consequences to maintain a safe environment and deter people from becoming addicts. That being said, there will always be some cases that slip through the cracks. If we offer seminars on the issue and normalise and commercialise seeking help during moments of vulnerability, then people will likely be heard before they decide to try a substance out of desperation and possibly develop an addiction. In fact, it can function as a precaution.”

Follow Noura Alali on Instagram or visit her website to learn more.


Our Newsletter

Our Newsletter

Your Female Email

Gaggler your inbox for a 10% discount on your first order!
By clicking ‘Subscribe’ you agree to receive emails from The Gaggler and accept our privacy policy and terms of use.

Revitalise After Feasting: A Post-Thanksgiving Workout Regimen to Recharge Your Body

Revive, Recharge, Thrive

As the Thanksgiving feast fades into fond memories, it’s time to give your body the attention it deserves. In this post-feasting recovery guide, we’ll explore a tailored workout regimen designed to revitalise your body, recharge your energy, and counterbalance the indulgences of the holiday season.

Meow Yoga

The Wellness Journal

AED 175.00


Yoga Starter Kit – Green

AED 389.00

Gypsy Rose Holistic

Relax Essential Oil Roller

AED 75.00

Gypsy Rose Holistic

Digestion Essential Oil Mist

AED 95.00

Rut Essentials

Sandalwood Pure Essential Oil

AED 70.00


Meow Yoga

Aroma Diffuser – Chestnut

AED 70.00


7 Chakra Balancing Pillow & Room Spray

AED 95.00

C&S Active

Nafs Eco Sports Bra – Black

AED 180.00

C&S Active

Nafs Eco Leggings – Black

AED 200.00


Green Tea Assorted Energy Drink

AED 278.00

Beauty Treats

The Energy Cookie

AED 98.00


RAW Protein Isolate Vanilla

AED 290.00

1. Wake Up the Body with Cardio Bursts:

Kickstart your post-Thanksgiving regimen with invigorating cardio bursts. Whether it’s a brisk morning walk, a jog, or a dance session, get your heart pumping and awaken your body from its food-induced slumber.

2. Core-Strengthening Pilates:

Engage your core muscles with a Pilates session to restore balance and stability. These low-impact exercises are perfect for toning and strengthening, providing a gentle yet effective workout for your post-feast body.

3. Yoga for Digestive Ease:

Explore a sequence of yoga poses designed to aid digestion and promote relaxation. Gentle twists and stretches will help soothe your stomach and release tension, leaving you feeling rejuvenated.

4. High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT):

Inject a burst of energy with HIIT exercises to elevate your heart rate and boost your metabolism. Short, intense intervals followed by rest periods are an efficient way to burn off excess calories and jumpstart your fitness routine.

5. Mindful Cool Down with Stretching:

Wind down your workout with mindful stretching. Focus on areas that may have tightened during the holiday festivities, allowing your body to recover and preventing post-feast stiffness.

As you embrace this post-Thanksgiving workout regimen, remember that it’s not about punishment but restoring balance. This curated routine aims to invigorate your body, clear your mind, and set the tone for a healthy and active holiday season. So, lace up those sneakers, roll out the yoga mat, and let’s embark on a journey to revitalise and recharge after the Thanksgiving feast.

Frequently Asked Questions

How soon after Thanksgiving should I start this workout regimen?

The post-Thanksgiving workout regimen can be started as early as the day after the feast. However, listen to your body, and if needed, allow a day or two for digestion before engaging in more intense exercises.

Can I customize the workout routine based on my fitness level?

Absolutely! Tailor the regimen to suit your fitness level and preferences. Modify intensity, duration, or choose alternative exercises to ensure a comfortable and effective workout experience.

Is it necessary to follow the entire workout routine, or can I focus on specific exercises?

Feel free to adapt the regimen to your needs. While the full routine provides a well-rounded approach, you can choose specific exercises based on your preferences or focus on areas that feel particularly tight or in need of attention.


Our Newsletter

Our Newsletter

Your Female Email

Gaggler your inbox for a 10% discount on your first order!
By clicking ‘Subscribe’ you agree to receive emails from The Gaggler and accept our privacy policy and terms of use.
Load More