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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasu Brown
33 years experience in Integrative Medicine
Socio economics: There are multiple factors, socio economics, exposure and culture, life style, upbringing and access to addictive substances.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Roth
42 years experience in Addiction Medicine
Mutual support helps: If you are concerned about being an addict, you might want to consider attending a meeting of narcotics anonymous. Find a meeting at their web site: h ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Rosenfeld
26 years experience in Pain Management
See below: http://www.addictioncareoptions.com/ (800) 784-6776.
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Balminder Mangat
46 years experience in Addiction Medicine
Yes: The addictions cross each other. If you stop drinking alcohol and start using pills you are still at the same spot. And it may not be drugs alone ... ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
34 years experience in Pediatrics
Yes.: Anything that a number of people do compulsively to the detriment of their health or function, qualifies as an addiction.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
23 years experience in Addiction Medicine
Lets compare first?: Is type 2 diabetes a disease or choice. Clearly there is a strong genetic component to this disease, yet not everyone with the genes gets it, lifestyl ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Pyles
32 years experience in Addiction Medicine
Course of addiction : Typically drug addicts use drugs because of the way it makes them feel. Drugs of abuse are fast acting, hit the reward center of the brain and are thu ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
48 years experience in Addiction Medicine
Yes: Do you think that if it didn't, anybody would go to it? However, unlike other medical treatments where success depends on the skill of the doctors/nu ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Lavi
34 years experience in Clinical Psychology
Drug addiction is a: Disease. It changes your brain and leads to cravings for the drug. Even after someone has been clean and sober, the addiction does not disappear and t ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ricardo Borrego
Specializes in Anesthesiology
Not really: Drug misuse can eventually lead to drug abuse before one is even aware of what is happening. Both are problematic and need medical intervention befo ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ricardo Borrego
Specializes in Anesthesiology
No: Gallbladder problems are not caused by drug addiction. Certain narcotics may aggravate existing gallbladder issues by causing contraction of the sphi ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasu Brown
33 years experience in Integrative Medicine
Yes: Without proper detox symptoms can be prolonged and dangerous.
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
41 years experience in Psychiatry
Drug Abuse : In dsm-iv, this is a persistent, "maladaptive pattern of substance use leading to clinically significant impairment or distress." there are: failure ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Wasser
34 years experience in Addiction Medicine
See below: When use of a drug has led to identifiable negative consequences in your life yet you can not control your use or your thoughts about the drug, than a ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Danny Proffitt
42 years experience in Family Medicine
Yes: It just is!
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
31 years experience in Psychiatry
Amphet. abuse: On the rise due to spread of prescribing and cost.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clifton Schermerhorn
39 years experience in General Practice
Nature and nurture: Genetic predisposition activated by environmental stimuli.
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
Often: narcotics, benzodiazapines or stimulants.
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Burns
36 years experience in Emergency Medicine
no: Lorazepam is a sedative / hypnotic, and is potentially habituating if taken regularly for a long time period. Opiates typically refer to narcotics wh ... Read More
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A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lynne Weixel
35 years experience in Clinical Psychology
Be careful: I'm really urging you NOT to try to find out w/out his knowing. It can appear to put you in the wrong and perhaps still not give you a solid course of ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Rosenfeld
26 years experience in Pain Management
Not clear: The term alcoholism was originally coined in 1849 by magnus huss. Untill the 1940s it referred primarily to the physical consequences of long-term hea ... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Lavi
34 years experience in Clinical Psychology
Drug and alcohol : Addictions tend to have a strong hereditary component as well as a learned behavior. If you have grown up in a family that has a tendency to have dru ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ionel Rad
Dr. Ionel Rad answered
16 years experience in Anesthesiology
Same: Both prescription and illegal drug addiction are dangerous.
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Susan Uhrich
35 years experience in Psychiatry
Addiction vs.: Dependence. Some drugs have effects on the body that the body becomes used to. This is dependence. If the drug is suddenly withdrawn, the patient w ... Read More
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A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
61 years experience in Geriatric Psychiatry
In some people: It is not common to get addicted to Gabapentin but it may happen.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Evans Prieston
43 years experience in Pharmacology
Oxycontin: Absolutely. There is no question....It is possible, even easy to get addicted to oxycontin. These drugs are intended for short term use because of t ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Passer
34 years experience in Child Psychiatry
Vivitrol: There is an injectable medication called vivitrol, which is an opiate blocker which lasts one month. It's indicated for opiate dependency and alcohol ... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Turck
16 years experience in Pharmacology
No: Not in the same sense as you would think of street drugs or some prescription pain medicines. However, it *is* possible to develop a kind of chemical ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Roth
42 years experience in Addiction Medicine
Yes.: If you are concerned about being a gambling addict, you might want to consider attending a meeting of gamblers anonymous. Find a meeting at their web ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
23 years experience in Addiction Medicine
Healthy support: " healthy" is the key word here. The wrong kind of support such as enabling can make it worse. Too an addict who is not ready to change healthy suppor ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Hovick Jr
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: Absolutely, and the sooner the better. Depending on your drug of choice will dictate which treatment options are best for you during your pregnancy. B ... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Fink
38 years experience in Family Medicine
Not likely: The first of the 12 steps of narcotics anonymous (like aa) is for the addict to admit that he or she is powerless over their addiction, that their liv ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Wasser
34 years experience in Addiction Medicine
Any doc could : Prescribe this but it is the rare doc who is aware of baclofen. I use it for stimulant and opioid issues. However, it is not completely safe and abo ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Forster
35 years experience in Psychiatry
Physical & behavior: The two terms don't really have a medical meaning but the main differences between frequent use and problem use of drugs are physical and mental. Phys ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Hoffman
56 years experience in Psychiatry
I very much doubt it: Ever since strauss-leightnen syndrome was repackaged as add some 40 years ago, Ritalin (methylphenidate) & amphetamines were used with varying success ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Roth
42 years experience in Addiction Medicine
Mutual support helps: If you are concerned about being an addict, you might want to consider attending a meeting of narcotics anonymous. Find a meeting at their web site: h ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leonard Spishakoff
Specializes in Addiction Medicine
Both: Addiction is driven by Dopamine in the brain, the reward center , the desire to achieve a hedonic state in other words equal state .A basic premise in ... Read More
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