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Characteristics Of Addiction
Addiction definition: There are various ways of defining addiction, but basically it consists of continuing to use a substance or engage in a behavior despite negative consequences. Usually there is tolerance that develops, (it takes more ; more to get the desired effect). Sometimes there are withdrawal symptoms when you stop, but not always. Many relapse after abstaining for a while, especially without a support group. ...Read more
Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. A person affected by addiction will be unable to consistently Abstain from use, will have Impaired Behavioral control, will have Craving or increased "hunger" for drugs or rewarding experiences, will have a Dysfunctional Emotional response, and will show diminished recognition of significant problems with their own ...Read more
Impossible: To teach all here. With substance abuse, your brain cells change. Stop the substance and you get very sick, and some, can die. Example: alcohol wd (withdrawal), and benzo (valium like drugs)wd both can kill you. Its why jails are not allowed to keep these addicts but must admit to hosptal for safe detox, then jail. The body, esp brain cells change in an addict. Requires treatment. Google abam. ...Read more
Disease: Drug or alcohol use may start as choices, but addiction is a set of neurobiological (brain) changes that you don't get to vote on. Just like you can choose to eat sugar, but if you develop uncontrolled blood sugar levels (diabetes), you can impact but not reverse the disorder. See http://www. Asam. Org/research-treatment/definition-of-addiction for more information. ...Read more
Alcoholism asDisease: In us, the concept of alcoholism as disease can be traced to 1784 essay by philadelphia physician & signator of the us declaration of independence, benjamin rush. Rush asserted that certain individuals are biologically/genetically predisposed 2 illness of alcoholism. Though widely accepted by the us public, disease concept has/has had its critics. A popular history/critique: http://amzn. To/13gcwi1. ...Read more
See below: There is a clear-cut pattern of identifiable neurological abnormalities that result in a predictable pattern of abnormal behaviors. It is progressive and can be controlled with medications. ...Read more
Yes: Addiction is complicated, and is related to behavior, social factors, heredity, and physiology-->the brain and body. It is unlike a brain tumor, however, in that it does not attack an unsuspecting person behaving in healthful ways. But, after one's behavior has led to addiction, the brain is certainly involved and adversely affected, which decreases one's will power to break the addiction. ...Read more
Both: Addiction to any substance implies that the body has not only become physically habituated to it, but a behavior change has also happened. Rather than using the substance sporadically, now the person pursues the substance and continues using it despite overt harm to his/her own life, relationships, and career. Tolerance has developed, and the person needs more for same effect. ...Read more
None: There are no diseases caused by overuse of cell phones that we now know of. And, I am unclear as to what you mean by "addiction." the word addiction would refer to problems caused by overdoing certain behaviors, like drinking, taking drugs, eating too much, etc. If a person has tried to decrease such behaviors and is unsuccessful, he or she should seek help from a professional. ...Read more
I have had bulimia for 10 years and have tried everything possible for recovering. Fail. Do you believe bulimia is an addiction or a disease?
Bulimia: Bulimia is a serious psychiatric illness, and requires ongoing psychiatric treatment including psychotherapy. You especially need to learn your own individual triggers for relapse and set up contingency plans for those situations. Medications can help when depression and anxiety are involved. Abusing other substances may co-occur and complicate recovery. Healing is a journey, not an end. ...Read more
The addictions cross each other. If you stop drinking alcohol and start using pills you are still at the same spot.
And it may not be drugs alone. ..Gambling, food, sex, porn...And so forth may replace your drug of choice...But, in the end, however you slice it... You stand at the same, spot....Alone, miserable, disoriented...And once in a while thinking, where... Did all friends and loved one disappear.. ...Read more
See below: People who are addicted didn't choose to be addicted. More evidence that there is a strong genetic component, that an addicts brain is different even before they ever ingest an addictive drug. Their brain responds different to rewards. And once in place the chemistry and nerve changes make it difficult to arrest. But like other chronic diseases, it does respond to treatment, not unlike diabetes. ...Read more
Both: Alcoholism is considered both a disease and an addiction. It causes both psychological and physical dependance, two of the strongest features of addiction. One cannot recover from alcoholsim if it's core, addiction, is not addressed. It is a disease in every sense of the word, a disease of the mind, body and soul. ...Read more
Recovery is a choice: Most people need treatment to help arrest there addiction, lots of help. Some choose that help and others don't, I'm not alway sure why. I will tell you this, it does not always have to do with how "bad" their addiction was or how much drugs or alcohol people used, at some point they just make that decision and accept the help they need, aa calls it a "spiritual awakening", its why I do this. ...Read more
Complex Diseases: All are complex chronic diseases, not just the disease of alcoholism. Alcohol is just another drug. Like most chronic disease, addiction has genetic and environmental factors; requires lifestyle modifications commitment, finding the best treatment and avoiding that which makes the individual vulnerable to his disease. True for addiction, diabetes, high cholesterol. Promise of health, hope--awaits. ...Read more
Beautiful mind: Watch the movie beautiful mind - knowing he has a problem he chooses his response, same way it does not matter what the issue is based on it is the choices that people make creates the healing or addiction process. Addiction is a community issue when a person is under inflence they are a danger to children and community. To integrate people with issues we need rules to have a healthy society. ...Read more
Not really: If you "throw good money after bad, " spend more than you can afford, and compulsively continue after losing, it is a gambling problem. Doesn't matter if its poker, scratch tickets, horse races, internet games or roulette at monte carlo. Gambling problems are treated similarly, but you should see a mental health worker with experience treating addiction. South oaks hospital on li is one. ...Read more
Alcoholism is both a Disease and Addiction.
• High blood pressure, Heart disease, Stroke, Liver disease
• Cancer of the breast, mouth, throat, esophagus, liver, and colon
• Memory problems, Dementia
• Depression, Anxiety.
It is Addiction due to:
• Giving excuses
• Continued use even with severe impairment of functioning
•Withdrawal symptoms ...Read more
As he asked this?: On the internet. If you are online when you should be doing other things, if you are obsessed with always needing to be connected, if you have anxiety and a strong desire to be online when you aren't, it is likely you have a problem. Internet "addiction" is not one thing - it can be gambling problems, sexual issues, making new personalities in chat rooms and many other things. See a counselor. ...Read more
It's controversial: There is a concept of "process addictions"-gambling, sex, internet (which can be both sex;gambling and other things), compulsive dangerous activity (adrenaline "junkies), which some people feel are an addictive disorders while others think it is a variation of an obsessive-compulsive disorder. There is argument about the line between bad habits and disorders, but there is no doubt folks need help. ...Read more
I need help. I think I have an obsessive love disorder, love addiction or relationship addiction?
Unhealthy relations: If you find that you engage in relationships that are unhealthy - that is a problem. If that is the case, suggest that you arrange for a psychological evaluation with a doctoral level clinical psychologist. After assessment, an appropriate treatment plan can be developed. ...Read more
Are drug-alcohol addictions a diagnosed mental illness? Is it a way of life that may involve disorders?
Addiction+ diagnosis: Addiction to substances of all kinds are listed in a section of the diagnostic & statistical manual (dsm). However, addictions to alcohol and other drugs are actually a metabolic disorder wherein the brain does not process alcohol or other mood altering substances in a normal way. ...Read more
Adult child in trouble with addiction in california a friend's son (33 years old) went out to ca to a specific type of client for an addiction issue. It appeared that he was going 'great' but apparently it was a lie. He is on the street and back using.
A disease of lies: Addicts lie, it's a fact. But this is not b/c they are bad people but b/c every positive motivation they have is hijacked by the need to use. Deciding to stop is good but not enough. The 3 things that move us are thoughts, feelings & biology. We think the mind is the captain but the emotions or the body can easily overrule a mental decision. When the 2 gang up vs. The mind it's like possession. ...Read more
Very common: Co-codamol (is a non-proprietary name used to denote a particular compound analgesic, a combination of Codeine phosphate and paracetamol (acetaminophen). Co-codamol tablets are used for the relief of mild to moderate pain when paracetamol or nsaids such as ibuprofen, Aspirin or Naproxen alone do not sufficiently relieve a patient's symptoms. ...Read more
I oversleep & am always tired, and have been for years. It ruins my life in the way an addiction or disorder would. Where do I find help?
? sleep disorder: Your sleep could be disrupted by events of which you would not be fully aware, and you could have even difficulty with narcolepsy, which is worthwhile exploring. Suggest an overnight sleep study, some blood testing for HLA factors, and even a trial of a daytime stimulant drug such as Nuvigil. ...Read more
If clonzepam is litteraly the only thing that helps me for my severe aneixty and panic disorder I have no signs of addiction do I keep taking them?
Seek advice: From your prescribing physician. Initially Klonopin (clonazepam) is started for short term pharmacotherapy. There are very effective psychotherapeutic interventions that are suggested along with medication. The whole picture should also include changes in lifestyle, diet, exercise, stress management., etc. Do everything you can to help yourself. Research shows medication and psychotherapy together work better. ...Read more
Is it true that 0.5 mg clonazepam a day for panic disorder is a very low dosage? Will it develop tolerance or addiction? Thank you.
Ask your prescribing: Doc. There usually isn't a tissue dependency but this isn't a long term treatment. Reassess your medication with your doctor at the next appt. ...Read more
Is there an addiction or disorder for people who watch anime excessively or play video games frequently? Watching free stream anime online 6-12 hours every day even digging into hentai for the absence of intimacy. And online using video games for social n
Yes: Online addictions, whether for action games, online porn, chatrooms or many other activities can be serious and damaging to quality of life. Many addiction programs have now started special programs for those with these kinds of problems (called 'process' addictions). They sometimes reflect another underlying psychiatric problem, sometimes not. See an addiction specialist (aaap. Org or asam. Org). ...Read more
Can u become addicted 2 Klonopin @ normal doses when u don't have intention 2 abuse it? I have panic disorder n dr gave me it but im scared of addiction
Don't know what: Your actual dose is. Klonopin pills come in different dosages. An addiction can occur whether or not someone plans intentionally to abuse a drug. I see that you have generalized anxiety disorder. Is the Klonopin being used short -term until another medication (such as an SSRI) kicks in? I try to avoid long-term treatment with benzodiazapines because of potential for tolerance. ...Read more
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