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Dr. Vasu Brown
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Addiction (Overview)

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 behaviors and interpersonal relationships.


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What is the definition of addiction?

What is the definition of addiction?

Complex: This is a difficult to answer in 400 characters. I would say that addiction is defined by the behavior that surrounds drug using behavior. This is different than simple tolerance and dependence. An individual can be dependent upon a drug without having an addiction. Therefore, addiction is more related to the cravings, manipulation, fantasies, motivations, etc. Of a substance. ...Read more

Dr. Vasu Brown
612 Doctors shared insights

Addiction (Overview)

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 behaviors and interpersonal relationships.


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What causes addiction?

What causes addiction?

"Liking": Liking something whether it be a substance or activity to the point where there is a preoccupation resulting in harm. Probably has to do with Dopamine in the brain which some people get more of a boost from than others. This is heavily genetically influenced. Some substances have such a profound effect that they tend to be more "addictive" than others-like smoked methamphetamine or nicotine. ...Read more

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Addiction (Tip)

". ..Addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol or morphine or idealism" c. Jung. ...See more

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Overcoming Addiction & Substance Withdrawal (Checklist)

Seek counseling
every other day
Tell your doctor, and seek medical care
once
Develop a support system around family and your close network
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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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Can I cure my addiction?

Can I cure my addiction?

Yes: Yes you can - need a support system to deal with stress management and coping - being clean is only half the battle developing healthy stress management will be the key of being drug free. ...Read more

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Addiction (Tip)

Twelve Step programs help many folks. Cut through excuses and give it a real try. ...See more

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What is the definition of addiction?

Complex: This is a difficult to answer in 400 characters. I would say that addiction is defined by the behavior that surrounds drug using behavior. This is different than simple tolerance and dependence. An individual can be dependent upon a drug without having an addiction. Therefore, addiction is more related to the cravings, manipulation, fantasies, motivations, etc. Of a substance. ...Read more

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How does addiction affect the addict's life?

Highly variable: There are some people who can develop a significant addiction which they may be able to successfully hide, and they may be highly functional. More commonly, ultimately the addiction takes over one's life and there is a downward spiral resulting in behavioral changes that cause family dysfunction, as well as physical deterioration. The need for money causes great risk taking, legal problems etc. ...Read more

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Addiction (Tip)

Replace the addicting behavior was something that is more socially positive. ...See more

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What are some of the symptoms of addiction to pain medication?

What are some of the symptoms of addiction to pain medication?

You Change......: Addiction is a psych diagnosis. It sounds like physical dependence to a drug, but it goes a big step further. Example: you go to a friend's (relative, neighbor, total stranger, you don't care) house and use the bathroom. You look through their medicine cabinet and take a bit of whatever you want. Physical dependence is when you go through withdrawls when you suddenly stop a medicine. Big diff. ...Read more

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Addiction (Tip)

As miserable as you may feel from opioid withdrawl, you will not die from it, you can make it through. ...See more

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What are signs of addiction? (or, how can you tell if someone has a problem with addiction?)

What are signs of addiction? (or, how can you tell if someone has a problem with addiction?)

Sudden changes: Loss of appetite, increase in appetite, any changes in eating habits, unexplained weight loss or gain.
Slowed or staggering walk; poor physical coordination.
Inability to sleep, awake at unusual times, unusual laziness.
Red, watery eyes; pupils larger or smaller than usual; blank stare.
Cold, sweaty palms; shaking hands.
Puffy face, blushing or paleness.
Smell of substance on breath, body or cloth. ...Read more

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What is the diagnosis and what are the symptoms of nicotine addiction?

What is the diagnosis and what are the symptoms of nicotine addiction?

Dependence&withdrawl: Most people who smoke become addicted to nicotine. Someone who has become addicted to nicotine may have cravings for cigarettes, have difficulty stopping smoking, and have nicotine withdrawal symptoms when they try to do so. These include irritability, anxiety, depression, headache, hunger. These symptoms peak 12 to 24 hours after quitting and then slowly go away. Therapy, hypnosis &eft can help. ...Read more

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Addiction (Tip)

What do I do if my alcohol is ruining my relationships? ...See more

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Is there an objective way to diagnose an addiction?

Is there an objective way to diagnose an addiction?

These seem objective: 1.High tolerance--can imbibe larger and larger amounts 2.Withdrawal signs if does not have substance 3.Persistent desire & unsuccessful attempts to cut back 3.Many other previously valued activities given up because of use 4. The substance is continued despite the individual knowing it is causing major problems in his/her life 5. Much time spent getting, buying, enjoying substance 6.Secretiveness. ...Read more

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Will letting my kid experiment with drugs under our supervision be a good way to fend off addiction?

Absolutely not: I can't give a categorical no strong enough. First, exposure to the drug is often what leads to the addiction in the first place. They may do some with you, but also some elsewhere, and it doesn't take much to become addicted. Second, it's giving your approval that this is ok. That's a big line to cross over. And third, it's illegal, and can get you all arrested. ...Read more

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Addiction (Tip)

It can be done one day at a time, one step at a time. ...See more

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A 31 year old male here with a 2 part question. First let mr say I've been on methadone 95mg a day for heroin addiction. With that said I have low -t (270) I'm male. If its due to the hypothalamic/patuitary what are some of the treatments. If its the test

A 31 year old male here with a 2 part question. First let mr say I've been on methadone 95mg a day for heroin addiction. With that said I have low -t (270) I'm male. If its due to the hypothalamic/patuitary what are some of the treatments. If its the test

See below: Methadone is absolutely the cause of the low testosterone due to hypothalamic dysfunction. It leads to the persistence of pain, fatigue, depression and poor sense of well being. It can only be treated by weaning or testosterone replacement. ...Read more

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What are the tests for gambling addiction?

Troubles from it: Similarly to other addictions, you have it if you gamble instead of doing other important things, if you think about it though the time, she cannot stop doing it even though you realize it is detrimental. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have a codeine addiction?

How do you know if you have a codeine addiction?

Use of medication: Addiction involves the way you're using a drug. If you're using this Codeine for other purposes than as prescribed -- despite ill effects on you, your relationships, your work, etc -- you likely have an addiction. Another clue: using more than intended, and requiring more and more for the same effect. Another indicator: using this Codeine but it wasn't even prescribed to you in the first place. ...Read more

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What causes addiction to buying lottery tickets?

What causes addiction to buying lottery tickets?

Gambler's fallacy: The "gambler's fallacy" is the belief that "this time i'll win it big." for some folks, this is an irresistable urge that drives them to spend all of their money, whether it be on lotto tickets, at the craps table, slot machines or on sporting events. Groups like celebrate recovery and gambler's anonymous are very important to overcoming this. If this is you, seek help and support today. ...Read more

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What will the phrase "one day at a time" mean in addiction counseling?

What will the phrase "one day at a time" mean in addiction counseling?

One day at a time: One day at a time is a phrase that means a person with an addiction needs to focus on the present moment. Addiction leads a person to worry too much about what has happened in the past or what will happen in the future, and you can't change or control the past or future. But you do have the ability to make changes and good decisions in the present. Focus on the here and now. Live in the moment. ...Read more

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Do you think drug addiction is a mental illness treatable with ssri's?

Yes and no: It is absolutely a disease with well documented brain abnormalities. Not only have ssris not helped (unless co-occurring anxiety or depression) but some studies show increased usage when patients are given these agents. ...Read more

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Can someone please recommend a good therapist and psychiatrist in staten island treats addiction bipolar? I am not doing well with my life's. Hospital.

Can someone please recommend a good therapist and psychiatrist in staten island treats addiction bipolar? I am not doing well with my life's. Hospital.

Referral source: Finding a psychiatrist is a difficult task. First, look which ones will take your insurance. Second, call them to set an appointment. Third, talk to them about your expectations from them and what they can offer you. Finally, give them a chance to help you, following their recommendations and advise. I hope you get the help you need. Best luck! ...Read more

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How is cocaine or crack addiction treated?

How is cocaine or crack addiction treated?

Same as other drugs.: Withdrawal from these drugs is usually not life threatening and so in patient detox is not approved by medical insurance companies. These drugs are highly addicting and relapse risk is high. We have no drug treatments specifically for these stimulant drug addictions. A 30 day rehab or residential treatment maybe your best bet followed by intensive out patient care. ...Read more

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How effective's motivational enhancement therapy treating addiction?

How effective's motivational enhancement therapy treating addiction?

Very: Without "met", many patients will remain in denial, sabotage their treatment, offer resistance or quit treatment. Keeping the patient in treatment is key in the early phase of treatment. ...Read more

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What is treatment for gaming addiction?

Mutual support helps: Consider attending a meeting of gamblers anonymous. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for nicotine addiction?

What are the treatments for nicotine addiction?

Drugs, therapy: Basically there are a number of effective treatments. And the evidence is that the more of them you use the better the odds of success: medications (those that replace nicotine and those that normalize your brain's chemistry so that it functions without nicotine), therapy, especially cognitive behavioral therapy designed to teach you how to change, and group support. ...Read more

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