Wasim Akram discusses the slippery slope of drug addiction and explains how he became addicted to cocaine, going from one line to two, then to four.
Wasim Akram’s new autobiographical book Sultan A Memoir tells all about his cocaine addiction and how drugs can take one downhill
Wasim Akram, who has had a tumultuous existence both on and off the pitch, was the subject of an exclusive interview conducted by Simon Wilde for The Times (UK). Then, Wilde makes a shocking disclosure of what Akram has penned in the upcoming autobiography Sultan: A Memoir. Wasim Akram reportedly admitted to The Times that he had a cocaine addiction after retiring from soccer.
Akra said, “I’m a bit apprehensive about the book, but I think once it is out, I’ll be kind of over it.” This was in reference to the astounding claims and candid confessions made in the book. I’m worried because, at my age—56 and diabetic for 25 years—just it’s stress, you know. It was difficult to go over everything again. Just to put my side of the story forward, I did it for my two 25- and 21-year-old boys as well as my 7-year-old daughter.
Wasim, a World Cup champion from 1992 and a player with more than 900 international wickets to his credit, is still one of Pakistan’s most well-known brands with sponsors and advertising, but he admits: “I don’t know what happens after this book.”
Wasim Akram claimed that dealing with other cricketing disasters during his playing days was by far easier than dealing with his cocaine addiction after his playing days.
After retiring, Wasim Akram worked extensively on talk shows, advertising, reality TV, etc. He writes in his memoir, “I loved to indulge myself; I liked to party.” “South Asia has an all-consuming, alluring, and corrupting fame culture. A night can have ten parties, and some people do. And I felt the effects of it. My technology became a vice.
The risks of addiction and cocaine use in nightlife
The worst part is that I became dependent on cocaine. My use gradually became more serious to the point that I felt I had to use it in order to function after I was offered a line at a party in England. It all seemed innocent enough at the time. He also mentions how Imran Khan had a calming presence when he played cricket, but that changed after he retired following the 1992 World Cup victory, which contributed to the emergence of his usage of illegal substances.
His two sons and wife, Huma, who is now deceased, were in Manchester at the time. It gave me irritability. It induced deception in me. Huma, I know, was often lonely in this time . . . she would talk of her desire to move to Karachi, to be nearer her parents and siblings. I was reluctant. Why? Partly because I liked going to Karachi on my own, pretending it was working when it was actually about partying, often for days at a time.
“Huma ultimately discovered a packet of cocaine in my wallet, which is how she learned I was lying. You require aid. I concurred. It was out of control. I was unable to stop it. One line would become two, two would become four; four would become a gram, and a gram would become two. I could not sleep. I could not eat. I grew inattentive to my diabetes, which caused me headaches and mood swings. Like a lot of addicts, part of me welcomed discovery: the secrecy had been exhausting.”
Akram describes his seven weeks in a Lahore recovery centre as “awful. When somebody keeps you against your will, it irritates you, and that left me with some emotional scars. The doctor was apparently a con man and the facility was a hideous jail-like set-up where he was kept sedated or put through prayers and lectures.
Everything changed when Huma tragically passed away shortly after this from mucormycosis, a rare fungal condition that Pakistani doctors had overlooked.
“Huma helped me overcome my drug addiction in his final unselfish, unintentional deed. I no longer followed that manner of living, and I have never done so. Since then, he has remarried; his current wife is Shaniera Thompson, and the two of them have a daughter.
Wasim Akram states that his drug use was “a substitute for the adrenaline rush of competition, which I deeply missed, or to take advantage of the opportunity, which I had never had,” when asked why he may have started using drugs after retiring.
Drug dependence is a precarious situation:
A study from the Department of BioEngineering at the National Institute of Technology (NIT)-Agartala claims that abuse-related chemicals affect neurobehavioral symptoms, which can simultaneously worsen liver damage. These medications cause liver damage, acute fatty infiltration, cholestatic jaundice, liver granulomas, hepatitis, liver cirrhosis, etc. as a result of acute or chronic dose-dependent liver toxicity.
The identical study that Science Direct published
Dopamine levels are raised in the brain circuits controlling pleasure and movement by cocaine, a potent central nervous system stimulant. Our neurons release dopamine in response to stimuli like the aroma of delicious food or other potential rewards. Cocaine inhibits the dopamine from being recycled, which results in an accumulation of too much dopamine in the junction or synapse between neurons, which amplifies the dopamine signal and ultimately interferes with regular brain communication. Cocaine users refer to this surge of dopamine as a “high,” and addicts will continually up their dosage in an effort to heighten and prolong this intense feeling of pleasure.
Consider the physical harm that cocaine use causes. Blood vessels tighten, pupils widen, and the body’s temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure rise as a result. Additionally, it can lead to gastrointestinal issues like nausea and abdominal pain as well as headaches. Chronic cocaine users may also lose weight due to the drug’s tendency to suppress appetite. In both human and animal models, cocaine damages the liver in addition to being harmful to the cardiovascular and neurological systems.
People with addictions continue to deny their problems and place blame.
The majority of drug users, according to White Sands Treatment, are in denial and refuse to acknowledge their drug addiction. They will have a reason to hide the truth even if their addiction causes issues. Addicts who don’t face their addiction head-on are likely to put off asking for assistance.
Disclaimer: The advice provided in this article is general in nature and not intended to be taken as expert medical advice. Before beginning any exercise programme or altering your nutrition, always speak with your doctor or a dietician.
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