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What are the characteristics of the disease of addiction?

What are the characteristics of the disease 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

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Addiction (Definition)

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


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Is addiction a disease?

Is addiction a disease?

Yes.: Addiction is a family disease, affecting the person who is using and all of the people who are close to the one who is using. ...Read more

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How is addiction a disease?

How is addiction a disease?

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

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Is addiction a disease or choce?

Is addiction a disease or choce?

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

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Help please! Is addiction a disease or a choice?

Help please! Is addiction a disease or a choice?

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

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How exactly is addiction considered as a disease?

How exactly is addiction considered as a disease?

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

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I want to know what is the difference between addiction and disease?

I want to know what is the difference between addiction and disease?

Addiction = disease: See http://www. Asam. Org/for-the-public/definition-of-addiction for te short and long term answer. In a nutshell, addiction is a primary, chronic disease of the brain. ...Read more

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Is addiction a disease of the brain?

Is addiction a disease of the brain?

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

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Is addiction a physical disease or a psychological one?

Is addiction a physical disease or a psychological one?

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

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What are the diseases caused due to cell phone addiction?

What are the diseases caused due to cell phone addiction?

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

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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?

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

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Is drug addiction chronical disease?

Is drug addiction chronical disease?

Yes: 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

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Why is drug addiction labeled a disease?

Why is drug addiction labeled a disease?

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

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Is addiction a brain disease?

Is addiction a brain disease?

Yes: There may be behavioral components, but addiction is fundamentally related to underlying brain function and the effects of the substance on the brain. ...Read more

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Help please! Is alcoholism a disease or an addiction?

Help please! Is alcoholism a disease or an addiction?

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

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Is drug addiction a disease or a choice?

Is drug addiction a disease or a choice?

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

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Is drug addiction is a choice or a disease?

Is drug addiction is a choice or a disease?

Disease: It is often described as a chronic relapsing brain disease. Nobody chooses to become an addict. ...Read more

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When is drug addiction considered a disease?

When is drug addiction considered a disease?

When a disease?: Most consider drug addiction or alcohol addiction a disease because an individual loses control over its use, and uses even when the addict and others around them are hurt by continued use. ...Read more

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Why can drug addiction be considered a disease?

Illness: Addiction process rewires brain reward pathway and is an illness vs disease. ...Read more

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Is tv addiction considered a brain disease?

That depends on: Who you ask. It is not a listed addiction in the diagnostic and statistcs manual of mental illnesses. Having said that, it can share a lot of the same symptoms as recognized addictions. ...Read more