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A 48-year-old member asked:

isn't addiction to the internet better than being addicted to substances such as drugs, alcohol or smoking ?

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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics 50 years experience
The good race, eh?: No addiction is good, nor is it appropriate to compare. Gaming addiction can lead to financial ruin, interpersonal catastrophe, loss of work, poor hygiene, felonious behavior, and the consequent social ills so associated. As can any addictive behavior. This sounds like a rationalization. If you have or suspect you have an addiction, it's best to seek medical help. See your doctor.
Dr. Jeffrey Roth
Addiction Medicine 43 years experience
Addiction= disease: Since addiction is disease and not a moral issue, is high blood pressure "better" than diabetes?

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Can drug, alcohol or any other kind of addiction be only a symptom of a larger problem?

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I have an addiction to alcohol. What could happen?

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Nothing good: Talk to a substance abuse counselor. If a.A. Helps, go. If it doesn't there are other options. People with alcohol addiction get more medical problems, die younger and kill people on the road. If you're asking the question here, it's time to talk to a pro about it.
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What do you, docs, think about ibogaine treatment of alcohol/drugs addiction?

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