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Dr. Vasu Brown
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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?

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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Dr. Vasu Brown
612 doctors shared insights

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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Overcoming Addiction & Substance Withdrawal (Checklist)

counseling
1 hrs, every other day for 3 months
tell your doctor. and seek medical care
once
develop support network, stop lying, tell family
once
12 step program support
once
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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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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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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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Overcoming Addiction & Substance Withdrawal (Tip)

Overcoming Addiction & Substance Withdrawal

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