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Any substance abuse treatment centers for people with ketamine addiction?

Any substance abuse treatment centers for people with ketamine addiction?

AAC: Ketamine is gaining popularity as a club drug between young adults. Separate perception from sensation. Call american addiction centers at 866- 572-1806. ...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 alcoholics anonymous a spiritual/ religious program?

Is alcoholics anonymous a spiritual/ religious program?

Sort of: Aa believes in a "higher power, " but they are not per se a religious organization nor does one have to be religious to benefit from the program. ...Read more

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Do blind rehabilitation centers help each coping skills?

Do blind rehabilitation centers help each  coping skills?

Sometimes: Low vision rehab is variable from place to place. It is clear that a person must be okay with their vision before any meaningful progress can be made with the rehab process. ...Read 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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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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Suggested residential centers for teens with bipolar?

Suggested residential centers for teens with bipolar?

If residential : treatment is covered by your insurance plan, it requires medical, psychiatric (neuro)psychological, & educational documentation that the child's illness is refractory to comprehensive outpatient treatment regimens despite parental adherence. See http://www.wolfcreekacademy.org/why/bipolar-disorder/#site-wrap or http://m.treatment.psychologytoday.com/rms/prof_results.php?state=NY&spec=241 ...Read more

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Whoqualifies for residential mental health treatment centers?

Whoqualifies for residential mental health treatment centers?

Level of care: Honestly there is considerable variation from place to place about how this works. However if you want to get a sense of how things "ought" to work you should search for the "level of care and utilization system" of the american association of community psychiatrists. It is a bit complicated but covers the factors that determine medically appropriate residential care. ...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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Is there rehab for nicotine addiction?

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Is there rehab for nicotine addiction?

Nicotine addiction: This is one of most challenging rehab. It can be treated outpatient thru your pcp, and usually alcohol & illicit substance treatment programs have rehab programs for smoke sessation. ...Read more

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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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Who works at rehab centers?

Medical personel: Rehab centers typically cater to people with injuries requiring in patient rehabilitation. Thus you will find physiatrists, probably a consulting neurologist, neurosurgeon and orthopedist; pain specialist, speech therapist, occupational and physical therapist and assistant therapist, and nursing staff. There are often psychologists and psychiatrists. ...Read more

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Can alcoholics anonymous meetings actually be addictive?

Can alcoholics anonymous meetings actually be addictive?

Controversial: There are some people who believe that 12-step programs can resemble a "cult" process. However, most professionals in this field definitely do not believe this, and having met tens of thousands of people in aa and na, I do not believe that this is true either. People who benefit from meetings go to more meetings, and get more out of it. Addiction implies it does harm- in most folks it does good. ...Read more

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Is internet addiction as bad addiction to television?

Addiction= disease: Neither are bad, they are both diseases. The principles of recovery are the same for both. Consider finding a mutual support group for either addiction. ...Read more

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How effective alcoholics anonymous?

How effective alcoholics anonymous?

Ask the people: Who are still alive and sober today because of this 12 step program. ...Read more

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Stress, caused by gambling addiction and family commitments?

Stress, caused by gambling addiction and family commitments?

Not sure: What the specific question is, but these are serious issues that could b helped by therapy and medication. ...Read more

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Do med assisted therapy drugs like Suboxone & Methadone continue to hinder dopamine production in the opiate abused brain?

Do med assisted therapy drugs like Suboxone & Methadone continue to hinder dopamine production in the opiate abused brain?

Still studied: Currently the thought is that although suboxone initially increases dopamine ultimately it blocks dopamine activity. Methadone may stimulate dopamine synthesis but recent brain studies do not see effect in the brain Stimulents are very potent dopamineric medications. ...Read more

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Is dopaminergic pathway involved in drug addiction?

Is dopaminergic pathway involved in drug addiction?

Yes: All drugs of abuse activate the Dopamine system in the reward pathway. ...Read more

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What defines nicotine addiction?

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What defines nicotine addiction?

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