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what are signs of addiction? (or, how can you tell if someone has a problem with addiction?)

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Dr. Vasu Brown
Integrative Medicine 34 years experience
Sudden changes: Loss of appetite, increase in appetite, any changes in eating habits, unexplained weight loss or gain. Slowed or staggering walk; poor physical coordination. Inability to sleep, awake at unusual times, unusual laziness. Red, watery eyes; pupils larger or smaller than usual; blank stare. Cold, sweaty palms; shaking hands. Puffy face, blushing or paleness. Smell of substance on breath, body or cloth.
Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Change: In appearance like looking disheveled, or becoming disorganized, coming late when they are usually early etc.
Dr. Andrew Oswari
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Other signs : Be cautious about stealing and lying as well.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

Is there any such thing as an addictive personality?

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Dr. Vasu Brown
Integrative Medicine 34 years experience
Yes: An addictive personality refers to a particular set of personality traits that make an individual predisposed to addictions.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Are there certain things that are easier to become addicted to?

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Dr. Stuart Wasser
Addiction Medicine 35 years experience
Absolutely: The majority of people who use cigarettes use them compulsively so this is highly addictive. A much smaller percentage of alcohol and THC users will become dependent.
A 21-year-old member asked:

What is worse for addiction, the drug or the routine?

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Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 24 years experience
The Routine but.....: What makes addiction bad, is alcohol inheriantly bad, is oxycotin inheriantly bad. No they are not, it is what these chemicals cause people to do with addictions. "they are but a symptom of the disease" borrowed from aa. Yes they drive the addicts routine but it is that routine or lifestyle that causes all the problems. And not all addictions involve drugs but can be just as destructive.
A 40-year-old member asked:

How do my age and gender affect my addiction?

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Dr. Jerald Ratner
Psychiatry 51 years experience
It depends: Most addicts as they get older tend to diminish their addiction if not stop it altogether. A good drug rehab program is best. The gender differences used to be males greater than females, but because of the epidemic of drugs the ratio is more even.
A 29-year-old member asked:

How can one fight addiction?

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Dr. Elizabeth Howell
Psychiatry 41 years experience
Find a specialist: To help with your addiction, see someone who specializes in addiction medicine or addiction psychiatry. The american society of addiction medicine (www.Asam.Org) and the american academy of addiction psychiatry (www.Aaap.Org) can steer you to experts in your area.

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