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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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Is gambling addiction a real addiction (like heroin)?

Is gambling addiction a real addiction (like heroin)?

Yes: If by "real addiction" you mean "very hard to stop" and "can actually get physical symptoms when you try to stop", then indeed it is. The physical symptoms are milder but the craving is as real, and the risk of suicide is far greater. Don't look down on a compulsive gambler as weak; it's a strange combination of brain chemicals, and may respond to medication and/or wise talk. ...Read more

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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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Addiction (Tip)

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

Dr. Laura Martin Dr. Martin
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Overcoming Addiction & Substance Withdrawal (Checklist)

counseling
every other day
tell your doctor. and seek medical care
once
develop support network, stop lying, tell family
once
12 step program support
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Strategies/tips to stop gambling addiction?

Strategies/tips to stop gambling addiction?

Don't gamble at all.: Don't go to places where people gamble. Think seriously about the damage that gambling has done in your life. Encourage gambler's anonymous. It is a beneficial, confidential and free 12 step program that can be the base for recovery. Take care. ...Read more

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What's substance dependence vs addiction?

What's substance dependence vs addiction?

Addiction vs.: Dependence. Some drugs have effects on the body that the body becomes used to. This is dependence. If the drug is suddenly withdrawn, the patient will experience a withdrawal syndrome untill the body readjusts. Addiction is an uncontrollable, compulsive need for and use of a substance despite negative consequences (deteriorating health, memory, loss of relationships, legal problems, etc.). ...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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How does an addict overcome meth addiction?

How does an addict overcome meth addiction?

Seek support: Treatment for amphetamine addiction involves rehab counseling that can either be done on an outpatient basis or residential treatment (or inpatient) depending on the severity. Sometimes there are other psychiatric disorders that are co-occurring with the addiction and thus it is good to have an evaluation to see if other treatments for other disorders are necessary. ...Read more

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How to defeat gambling addiction?

No fast fix: My colleague's advice to attend a 12 step group is very good. Your physician can offer medication that in low doses may abolish the craving. I would also urge you to think of the people who love you, and who you love. Compulsive gambling is one of the most common factors leading to suicide. Think of how much you have to live for. Let love give you strength to do what you must in overcoming this. ...Read more

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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata Dr. Iwata
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Addiction (Tip)

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

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Is computer game addiction different from video game addiction, online addiction, or internet addiction?

Is computer game addiction different from video game addiction, online addiction, or internet addiction?

All the same: Addiction to anything means that you are not getting the most out of life and your relationships with family and friends. Limit your time on these things and make your life and relationships your priorty. On your deathbed you will remember the people in your life; not the hours you spent playing world of warcraft. ...Read more

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Gambling addiction vs smoking addiction? Whats more common?

Gambling addiction vs smoking addiction? Whats more common?

Smoking, probably: There are over 50 million smokers in the us, and it is a major cause of death and disability, in addition to enormous financial costs. Nobody knows how many problem gamblers there are, and there are few medical costs associated (although there is a higher rate of smoking, alcohol and drug abuse in problem gamblers). Both cause misery and pain to sufferers, their families and society at large. ...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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Could gambling lead to gambling addiction?

Could gambling lead to gambling addiction?

Yes: Dr. Fowler's advice is very good. Of all the addictions, this is the one that's most likely to lead to suicide. Just experimenting with gambling usually does not lead to disaster -- but who wants to mess with it? You certain to lose your money in the long run. Why not spend it on something meaningful? ...Read more

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What defines nicotine addiction?

What defines nicotine addiction?

Nicotine Addiction: Is continued use inspite of health consequences, social or financial restraints. ...Read more

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata Dr. Iwata
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Addiction (Tip)

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

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How to quit a gambling addiction?

Gambling addiction: Treatment is available. Options include gamblers anonymous meetings and/or psychological or psychiatric treatments. ...Read more

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata Dr. Iwata
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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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Hydrocodone addiction vs heroin addiction, what's the difference?

Hydrocodone addiction vs heroin addiction, what's the difference?

Little Difference : Both drugs ate opiates and have identical effects in the body producing dependence and possibly addiction. The route of administration may contribute to the development of addiction with IV use and "snorting" more addictive than oral use, although all routes of use can be addictive, . ...Read more