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defense mechanisms used by substance abuse patients

A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
40 years experience Holistic Medicine
Yes, but a poor one: Many if not most people with substance abuse come from dysfunctional families & suffer from anxiety &/or depression. Many are very sensitive souls.The ... Read More
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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
32 years experience Psychiatry
Traits: Addictive traits with thrill seeking.
Dr. Jeff Blixt
24 years experience Addiction Medicine
Yes: Persons with addictions have unique personalities just like people without, so without out giving specific labels, i would say that people with addic ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
32 years experience Psychiatry
Depression: Therapist can help you find healthier coping mechanisms to deal with depression, while you enroll in rehab program to help you quit the habit.
Dr. Vasu Brown
34 years experience Integrative Medicine
Choice: Everything in life is by choice. So by choosing a drug it potentiates depression even though for few seconds it feels better. Depression is the abilit ... Read More
Dr. Cyma Khalily
35 years experience Psychiatry
DUAL TREARMENT: Substance abuse is not a coping mechanism it is self treatment for depression or anxiety. So you need to get treatment for the substance abuse and the ... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michelle King
26 years experience Psychiatry
Risk factors: Male gender, family history of substance use especially in a parent or sibling, personal history of mental illness especially if untreated, personal h ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ricardo Borrego
Specializes in Anesthesiology
Effective treatment: This is all relative to the the program and more importantly the patients willingness to get his/her life back. A very effective program exists in mi ... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michelle King
26 years experience Psychiatry
Treatment is: targeted not only to the substance, but also for the patient’s lifestyle. Treatment for say, a married patient with opiate use disorder who works sev ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Byron Law-Yone
55 years experience Psychiatry
List is extensive: Depending on the drug, the amount and duration used their is a vast array of effects. Drugs can make you feel great, energetic and self confident. Th ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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What do you want to: know about them? In the old days, such jobs were universally held by people who were themselves in recovery and did not necessarily have training or ... Read More
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Dr. Donald Gieck
14 years experience Clinical Psychology
Dependence: Abuse: periodic heavy use that negatively impacts life (I.e., weekend binge drinker who gets one or more DUIs)., but no physical/psychological depende ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasu Brown
34 years experience Integrative Medicine
Yes: All addiction and substance abuse issues are due to reward center issues in brain - even the first choice of experimenting can hurt the ability to cho ... Read More

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