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what is the definition or description of: poker addiction?

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Dr. Steven Griggs
Clinical Psychology 39 years experience
Any behavior can be: addictive if it meets four criteria: 1) Mood altering, 2) Compulsive, 3) Does damage and 4) Isn't stopped despite the damage. Plus, look at the extent of Dependence, Craving, Tolerance and Bingeing vs. Chronic use. Poker is in the Gambling area--one of six big addictions in the USA (alcohol, drugs, Internet, Sex and Food being the other five).

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If I have an addiction, should I get counseling for my family?

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Dr. Vasu Brown
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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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What does heroin addiction do to a persons life?

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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
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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 addiction a disease of the brain?

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Dr. Horacio Capote
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YES: The addictive process involves changes in brain structures such as the nucleus accumbens (the reward center) & the locus ceruleus (the fight or flight center that causes some forms of withdrawal). There are other areas involved as well. We can see these changes on functional brain scans & when things improve, we can see those changes too.
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Is kissing someone with heroin addiction dangerous?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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