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how does addiction effect the brain?

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Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine 60 years experience
Depends: The effect on the brain depends on the drug, the health of the user, the amount of the drug used, how ofter and how long has the drug been abused. Some drugs are less damaging than others, but most drugs cause damage and can cause death to the addict.
Dr. Vasu Brown
Integrative Medicine 34 years experience
Alter reward pathway: Drugs alter reward pathway in brain - learn more at - http://learn.Genetics.Utah.Edu/content/addiction/.

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Do babies brains continue to develop after they're born?

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
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Yes: Technically, they never stop developing; every time you learn something new, you develop new connections in the brain, be you a month old, or 90 years. The rapid maturation goes on well into the teen years.
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Why is my brain so foggy these days?

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Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine 60 years experience
Brain fog: Brain fog is a real symptom that can have many causes. Sometimes it is due to illness or hormone fluctuations commonly seen in women in the years before and during menopause. Mood disorders such as depression can cause this symptom. Keep a journal concerning your activities , what you eat and the brain fog days and see if there is a pattern.
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If I have an addiction, should I get counseling for my family?

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Dr. Vasu Brown
Integrative Medicine 34 years experience
Priority you now: Taking responsibility for your behavior and being open is the first step - you can set an example by doing the right thing for yourself and your family next.
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My brother is stealing money from me to fuel his addiction. Who should I tell?

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Dr. George Valdez
Specializes in Family Medicine
Your brother: Tell him you dont appreciate it. You should be emotionally supportive, but not financially. I wouldn't let him in your house to have access to anything he can steal. Make it clear he will be held accountable for stealing, and if you do no press charges, you are supporting his addication. He should be accountable for his actions.
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Is kissing someone with heroin addiction dangerous?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Could lead to danger: Heroin users are at risk for contracting hiv, hepatitis c & other infectious diseases, through sharing/reuse of syringes and injection paraphernalia used by infected individuals -- or through unprotected sex with an infected person. These diseases are transmitted via infected blood. Blood in the mouth, could possibly transmit the virus. Kissing could lead to unprotected sex, risking hiv.

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