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what are the major influences on substance abuse?

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Dr. Alan Ali
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Psychiatry 32 years experience
Effect of abuse: Psychological, physiological, social and economic.
Dr. James Eyerman
Psychiatry 47 years experience
Lack of wholeness: Substances fill the void left by any number of influences: genetics, upbringing/environment, emotional pain, failed relationships/hopes. David miller md has demonstrated that spiritual counseling makes no difference in alcoholic recovery. However, spiritual experience changes a persons entire value system and motivation. "12 steps" right, spiritual awakening [wholeness] is the basis of recovery.

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Is it possible to be addicted to things other than drugs and alcohol?

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Is there an age in which drug addiction will cause the most problems?

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Is support or punishment better for treating drug addiction?

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What are the social consequences of drug addiction?

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Poverty/Disease/Jail: Substance abuse and delinquency are strongly correlated and often result in involvement with negative peer groups, as well problems in school and at home.Drug addiction has a dreadfully widespread reach: from dealing with unpredictable and often dangerous addicts at home to the staggering expenses incurred by individuals and societies as a whole.
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What steps can help me recover from drug addiction?

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