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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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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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How can psychological counseling help alcoholics?

How can  psychological counseling help alcoholics?

Addiction is: A misguided attempt to feel good or solve a problem. Counseling can help identify the motivation for alcohol, the triggers for drinking, & healthier alternatives. It can help develop a plan to change, provide support & encouragement, resolve blocks & setbacks, & treat the mental health problems that often accompany addiction. More info at http://greeleypsychologist.Com/alcohol.Xhtml. ...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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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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Is counselor, cbt psychotherapist, psychologist or psychiatrist better for anxiety problems?

Is counselor, cbt psychotherapist, psychologist or psychiatrist better for anxiety problems?

How about patchwork: Quilt approach? Cbt is often practiced by any of the above providers. Cognitive behavioral therapy can yield excellent results. Psychiatrist can be invaluable when psychotropic medications are indicated. Take care. ...Read 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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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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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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How to quit a gambling addiction?

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

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Options to overcome phentermine addiction?

Options to overcome phentermine addiction?

Addictionologist: You should see a board certified addictionologist for help. I have treated many with amphetamine dependency. There are some medications which can help with the lethargy and depression until that goes away. I also recommend narcotics anonymous. Your success with treatment will be directly related to how much effort you put into it. It's hard, but you can do it. There's still hope if you're trying. ...Read more

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Which addiction is more difficult to deal with: mental or psychological dependence?

Which addiction is more difficult to deal with: mental or psychological dependence?

The same: Mental or psychological dependence are essentially the same. You might mean physiological rather than psychological. Physiological involves bodily functions to include heart rate, blood pressure, shakiness, and other changes. When people are physiologically dependent, they may feel those bodily changes without a clear psychological/mental need/addiction. Addiction relates to mental/psychological. ...Read more

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How to stop attending psychiatric services?

How to stop attending psychiatric services?

Why are you going?: It's tough to tell you how to stop without knowing why you are going and what kinds of treatments you're getting. Most, not all, psychiatric care is voluntary, and you can change providers or stop altogether at will if you don't like the results. But, if you are taking medications, it is important to work with your doctor to take you off them safely before you quit. ...Read more

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What's individualized vs group counseling for addiction?

What's individualized vs group  counseling for addiction?

2 parts of treatment: Counseling may be provided on a one to one basis (individual) or in a group. Most of the time, both kinds of counseling are necessary for successful treatment of substance abuse or dependence. ...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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Why foreigh women don't seek counseling for domestic abuse?

Why foreigh women don't seek counseling for domestic abuse?

FEAR: Could be fear could be cultural differences. Do they have insurance, can they speak english. Do they have other support. Are they citizens or do they fear deportation. Lots of reasons that many women foreign or not that do not report abuse. Mistake for love and think it won't happen again. Think that they deserve the abuse or they brought it on. Get help. No abuse is alright and help is needed. ...Read more

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How to overcome an internet pornography addiction?

How to overcome an internet pornography addiction?

Sex addiction: Sex addiction takes many forms. Preoccupation with porn is not "just what guys do, " that is a form of denial. There are groups for both the sex addict and for partners as well. There is saa (sexaa.Org) for sex addicts, and cosa (cosa-recovery.Org) for their partners. ...Read 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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Is counseling effective in treating internet addiction?

Is counseling effective in treating internet addiction?

Some could be: Internet addiction takes many faces and is becoming more common. It can be internet porn, cybersex, internet gaming & gambling, compulsive web surfing, etc. If you're using this to modulate mood and are doing it more than you intend, you may well have an addiction similar to use of a substance. Some types of counseling may be helpful. Here is a resource: http://www.Netaddiction.Com/. ...Read more

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Can counselling help with anger management work for physical abuse?

Can counselling help with anger management work for physical abuse?

Both together : Counseling can be a compliment to anger management. Anger management is mostly cognitive work and or behavioral. Couonseling seeks to help you understand your individual emotional drives. ...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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Once i finish my masters in psych, will my aggravated dui felony inhibit me from gaining employment in drug and alcohol addiction counseling?

Once i finish my masters in psych, will my aggravated dui felony inhibit me from gaining employment in drug and alcohol addiction counseling?

Hopefully not: As dr. Front mentioned, licensing laws vary from state to state. It's not unusual for professionals in addiction counseling to have had personal issues with addiction so employers in this field are unlikely to hold it against you. Congratulations on putting this behind you & training to help others! i advise you to learn about the physiological aspects of addiction as well. See my comment:. ...Read more

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If I have an addiction, should I get counseling for my family?

Priority you now: Taking responsibility for your behavior and being open is the first step - you can set an example by doing the right thing for yourself and your family next. ...Read more

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What's individualized vs group counseling for addiction?

2 parts of treatment: Counseling may be provided on a one to one basis (individual) or in a group. Most of the time, both kinds of counseling are necessary for successful treatment of substance abuse or dependence. ...Read more

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Is technology addiction a real thing? Is it a real condition? Can counseling be given on that..??

Is technology addiction a real thing? Is it a real condition? Can counseling be given on that..??

Divided: Experts are divided on this question. However, regardless if any compulsive behavior is leading to distress and/or dysfunction, and you are not able to get a handle on it yourself in a reasonable period of time, or if there are urgent problems which can't wait, seek evaluation. Counseling can definitely help with "technology addiction", and in some cases medications may be useful. ...Read more

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Is counseling effective in treating internet addiction?

Some could be: Internet addiction takes many faces and is becoming more common. It can be internet porn, cybersex, internet gaming & gambling, compulsive web surfing, etc. If you're using this to modulate mood and are doing it more than you intend, you may well have an addiction similar to use of a substance. Some types of counseling may be helpful. Here is a resource: http://www.Netaddiction.Com/. ...Read more

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W/out meds how can addiction be beat. CBT, docs, counseling?Why do some say you can w/out meds and others say you need meds? All tell me something dif

What is the addictio: You probably wish there was a clear answer but there is not. Everyone's needs are different. It also will initially depend on what you are addicted to and whether you will need meds during withdrawal. Beating Ian addiction is very difficult and most who are successful are involved in some sort of counseling and/or support group. However, some need meds to help their moods during this process ...Read more

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Can psychiatrists do counseling and treat sex addiction?

Can psychiatrists do counseling and treat sex addiction?

Some: There are doctoral level clinical psychologists and some psychiatrists who specialise in the treatment of sexual addictions. Often times psychiatrists evaluate and prescribe medications and psychologists often provide counseling. ...Read more

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Would medication for alcohol and amphetamine addiction complicate a mini tummy tuck procedure? I'm struggling to overcome alcohol and amphetamine addiction with specialized therapy and counseling. The medications that help me with the withdrawal are cloni

Would medication for alcohol and amphetamine addiction complicate a mini tummy tuck procedure? I'm struggling to overcome alcohol and amphetamine addiction with specialized therapy and counseling. The medications that help me with the withdrawal are cloni

Not a Good Idea: You should not undergo tummy tuck surgery or any other type of elective surgery while in the recovery phase of addictions. Patients should be medically, psychosocially, financially stable prior to proceeding with any type of elective surgery. Best wishes. ...Read more

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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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Is addiction hereditary?

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Yes: About 50 percent of addiction is attributred to heredity. For some indivuduals this may be a higher percentage for others that develop addiction it may be lower. Usually heredity must cross with life circumstances, trauma, high stress, lack of coping skills, . Or even exposure to high amounts of a substance over time will change brain 'chemistry' and increase risk of addiction independent of genes. ...Read more

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How is addiction a disease?

Impossible: To teach all here . With substance abuse, your brain cells change. Stop the substance and you get very sick, and some, can die. Example: alcohol wd (withdrawal), and benzo (valium like drugs)wd both can kill you. Its why jails are not allowed to keep these addicts but must admit to hosptal for safe detox, then jail. The body, esp brain cells change in an addict. Requires treatment. Google abam. ...Read more

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What causes food addiction?

What causes food addiction?

Like other addict.: Latest research suggests that the underlying mechanisms of food addiction are likely similar to other substances like drugs& alcohol. Especially rich sugary foods can cause spikes in dopamine which is very reinforcing to the body and leads to seeking out more of the food to get that boost again. ...Read more

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What causes drug addictions?

What causes drug addictions?

Nature and nurture: Genetic predisposition activated by environmental stimuli.

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What counts as an addiction?

Behavior seeking: A person is addicted to a substance when their behavior changes to the point where they do not care about the consequences of their choices, even if it involves the legal system, and will do whatever is needed to get the substance. ...Read more

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Facebook addiction, what to do?

Facebook: what do you do on face book other than pasting pictures. there is no meaningful discussion, Americans as well as rest of the world don't want to know about worldly affairs. What pleasure you get to a point , you can't leave , one needs to know , before question get answered ...Read more

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Is addiction a disease or choce?

Is addiction a disease or choce?

Disease: Drug or alcohol use may start as choices, but addiction is a set of neurobiological (brain) changes that you don't get to vote on. Just like you can choose to eat sugar, but if you develop uncontrolled blood sugar levels (diabetes), you can impact but not reverse the disorder. See http://www.Asam.Org/research-treatment/definition-of-addiction for more information. ...Read more

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Is there an acceptable addiction?

Is there an acceptable addiction?

:) good question: A true addiction to any substance or behavior is never good by the very definition of addiction. Uncontrolled use or can't stop behavior that results in negative conseques to ones health and well being. Other healthy areas of ones life become neglected, self care, family friends, etc. A healthy addiction is therefore not really an addiction at all. ...Read more

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How could i control my addiction?

To what?: Although addictions have things in common, they also have differences. If alcohol and/or drugs, there are many treatment programs, both inpatient and intensive, and outpatient and somewhat less intensive. Depends on what the addiction is (gambling, eating, computer sex), what your insurance will pay for, and what other resources you have to access treatment. Talk to mental health professional. ...Read more

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Any tips on stopping an addiction?

Similar techniques: Many addictions respond to similar therapy, a combination of psychosocial and medical treatment. A strong support system at its core based on the 12 steps from AA and to have a sponsor, whether this is alcohol, drugs, gambling, sex addiction, or something else. Treating addiction is typically a life-long process of rehabilitation, changing lifestyle and behaviors. See your provider for more help. ...Read more

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Counseling (Definition)

Modern genetics allows us to understand how genetic diseases are inherited based on DNA, genes, and chromosomes. We can now test couples and fetuses for certain inherited disorders, such as cystic fibrosis, as well as other chromosomal and genetic abnormalities, ...Read more