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A 21-year-old member asked:

What are the differences between alcohol and drug addiction?

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Dr. Vasu Brown
Integrative Medicine 24 years experience
Addiction vs habit: Addiction - there is a psychological/physical component; the person is unable to control the aspects of the addiction without help because of the mental or physical conditions involved. Choice of addiction is due to habit. Habit - it is done by choice. The person with the habit can choose to stop, and will subsequently stop successfully if they want to. Addiction habit choice -is alcohol vs drug.
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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Substance used: Symptoms depend on the substance used/abused. There are similarities between alcohol and benzodiazepine abuse/addiction, but abuse of Cocaine (a stimulant) appears quite different. The similarity with all is continuing to use despite harmful effects in one's relationships, work, and other important parts of life. Heroin, meth, etc may expose to different life threats than alcohol. All r dangerous.
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Dr. Emily Massey
Clinical Psychology 14 years experience
Drug Withdrawal: Addictions are more similar than they are different from a basic biological perspective (affecting the same pleasure-center in the brain), and in how they develop. However, one significant difference is that alcohol and benzodiazepines pose a greater risk during withdrawal (seizure, high blood pressure, possible death) and thus withdrawal from these substance should be monitored in a hospital.
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A 48-year-old member asked:

What is the alcohol or drug addiction treatment process?

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Dr. Chester Berschling
Psychiatry 51 years experience
Control: There is no "normal level" for either alcohol or street drugs in the body. The primary question to ask, in my opinion, is who is in control- the alcohol or you. If you are in control, you can take it or leave it, you can drink socially and know when enough is enough, if the bottle is in control, then the bottle must be satisfied and it knows no limits.
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A 36-year-old member asked:

What is the alcohol or drug addiction detox process?

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Dr. Gregg Albers
Addiction Medicine 42 years experience
Detox: When a patient withdraws he has uncomfortable symptoms, withdrawing from benzodiazepines or alcohol, can have seizures, and gets dts , can die. Medications are used to reduce the withdrawal symptoms, and to reduce the risk of seizures and death. Addicted individuals who have less severe withdrawal symptoms are more likely to finish treatment and have a lesser rate of relapse.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

What would experts say about alcohol or drug addiction process?

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Dr. Ricardo Borrego
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Complete supervision: Either condition require a personal decision, supervision, and complete aftercare. It is very complex, yet needs to be complete. An excellent program is the clarity program out of farmington, michigan 1-248-592-1050. Call today and get your life back.
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