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Currently, substance use is a Turkish public health problem that harms a person’s self, family, the environment in which they live, and the general community. Although adolescence is defined as a risky period, a person can become addicted to an addictive substance at any age.

In plain language, substance use is the general name for the use of all substances at risk of addiction that have a drug or stimulant effect on a person’s thinking structure, mood and behavior.

In our country, substances are often called Turkish drugs, which leads to a serious misunderstanding. Some substances are used for drug effects, while some substances are used as stimulant effects. On the other hand, the legal use of alcohol and cigarettes causes another misunderstanding. Alcohol and nicotine are also among the substances that are at risk of addiction, such as heroin and cocaine. A false belief about the risk of addiction of substances is the illusion that substances that are natural will not be addictive. Although cannabis in particular falls into the class of natural substances, the substance THC, known as bonzai, is produced as a result of chemical processes.

Anyone can be an addict. Anyone can become dependent, regardless of language, religion, race, sex, age, and socio-economic difference. Although the type, amount, and method of use of the substance used cause a difference in the duration of dependence, the person eventually becomes addicted to the substance he uses.

The first stage in addiction is the trial stage of substances. This stage is when it is said, “nothing happens once.” A person begins to use substances from time to time, thinking that they will not become addicted.decadent. The second stage is the period when he” thinks he can control substances.” Then he says,” I can quit if I want to.” At this stage some may and some may not. Those who can’t quit continue to use it and lose complete control. Those who can leave, on the other hand, often start using again and lose control. Now people use people, not substances.

Addicts are people who can’t stop using any drugs or a substance that has a stimulant effect, who can’t quit when they want to quit. Once these individuals start using the substance, they cannot stop and increasingly start using it in increasing doses and using it more and more often. This causes people to be labeled as” weak-willed ” over time. However, these individuals experience a condition medically defined as brain disease. Physiologically, increasing the dose causes changes in brain chemistry, and people are forced to use it more to eliminate the deprivation they feel in their bodies. Where there is obligation, there is no mention of will, therefore a choice, a person must use substance other than his own choice.

So, if all attempts to quit substance use end in failure, what should be done? Certainly help should be sought. Creating a healing environment in which psychological/spiritual support and family are also involved in the process results in the addict entering recovery as soon as possible. Although this period varies from person to person, we know that addicts who are participants in their own treatment enter recovery after a certain period of time and recover their lives in Turkey.


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President of Organ Transplant Center at MedicalPark Hospital Antalya

Turkey's world-renowned organ transplant specialist. Dr. Demirbaş has 104 international publications and 102 national publications.

Physician's Resume:

Born on August 7, 1963 in Çorum, Prof. Dr. Alper Demirbaş has been continuing his work as the President of MedicalPark Antalya Hospital Organ Transplantation Center since 2008.

Prof. who performed the first tissue incompatible kidney transplant in Turkey, the first blood type incompatible kidney transplant, the first kidney-pancreas transplant program and the first cadaveric donor and live donor liver transplant in Antalya. Dr. As of August 2016, Alper Demirbaş has performed 4900 kidney transplants, 500 liver transplants and 95 pancreas transplants.

In addition to being the chairman of 6 national congresses, he has also been an invited speaker at 12 international and 65 national scientific congresses. Dr. Alper Demirbaş was married and the father of 1 girl and 1 boy.


Eczacibasi Medical Award of 2002, Akdeniz University Service Award of 2005, Izder Medical Man of the Year Award of 2006, BÖHAK Medical Man of the Year Award of 2007, Sabah Mediterranean Newspaper Scientist of the Year Award of 2007, ANTIKAD Scientist of the Year Award of 2009, Social Ethics Association Award of 2010, Işık University Medical Man of the Year Award of 2015, VTV Antalya's Brand Value Award of 2015.


Doctor of Medicine Degree Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine Ankara, General Surgeon Ministry of Health Turkey EKFMG (0-477-343-8), University of Miami School of Medicine Member of Multiple Organ Transplant, ASTS Multiorgan Transplant Scholarship. Lecturer at Kyoto University. Lecturer at University of Essen, Research assistant at the University of Cambridge .

Professional Members:

American Society of Transplant Surgeons, American Transplantation Society Nominated, Middle East and Southern Africa Council Transplantation Society 2007, International Liver Transplantation Association, Turkish Transplantation Association, Turkish Society of Surgery, Turkish Hepatobiliary Surgery Association.


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