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Addiction (Overview)

Addiction is a condition in which a person has a strong, persistent physical and psychological need for a habit-forming substance (such as alcohol, cigarettes, or cocaine) or an activity (such as gambling). The person usually suffers physical or psychological withdrawal symptoms if he is unable to continue getting what he is addicted to.


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What is the definition of addiction?

What is the definition of addiction?

Defination: Drug addiction is a disease of the Brain, with associated abnormal behaviour resulting in dysfunction of Brain tissue ...Read more

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Addiction (Overview)

Addiction is a condition in which a person has a strong, persistent physical and psychological need for a habit-forming substance (such as alcohol, cigarettes, or cocaine) or an activity (such as gambling). The person usually suffers physical or psychological withdrawal symptoms if he is unable to continue getting what he is addicted to.


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How does addiction affect the addict's life?

How does addiction affect the addict's life?

You tell me: If you are the one with the addction or know someone close with the addiction what have you seen. It can cripple life in every facet. Relationships, health, jobs, passion for life all suffer. Neglect of healthy needs for self and others. Loss of interest in other activities not related to the drug or alcohol. Not able to enjoy life without the substance. Seriously you tell me. ...Read more

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Overcoming Addiction & Substance Withdrawal (Tip)

Overcoming Addiction & Substance Withdrawal

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

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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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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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Overcoming Addiction & Substance Withdrawal (Tip)

Overcoming Addiction & Substance Withdrawal

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