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i want to know what is the difference between addiction and habit and abuse?

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Dr. Barbara Lavi
Clinical Psychology 35 years experience
Good question: An addiction is a habit that you cannot stop. Most habits can be changed with consistent focused effort. Addictions do not subside even when people make a conscious effort. Abuse is simply more severe addiction often with other behavioral consequences (trouble with the law, relationships ending, etc.
Dr. Victor Bonuel
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
Addiction is a bad habit that can lead you to be abusive and be abused! (Pun intended!)
Aug 13, 2013

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A 44-year-old member asked:

Why does my baby form new habits and let others go by the wayside?

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Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
Brain development: Habits are formed as the brain uses repetitive behaviors to soothe or cope with the environment. As your child gains the ability to interact with their world, and gains the ability to adapt to new stimuli, certain habits will be reinforced, and others will not be necessary. As the brain matures, it will have different needs, and will have different habits reinforced, and others not.
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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.
A 22-year-old member asked:

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.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Is addiction a disease of the brain?

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Dr. Horacio Capote
Specializes in Psychiatry
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.
A 30-year-old member asked:

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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