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

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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Dr. Vasu Brown
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What are the differences between a degree in clinical psychology and counseling psychology?

What are the differences between a degree in clinical psychology and counseling psychology?

Some similarities: Most generally, clinical psychologists work with severely mentally ill persons as opposed to counseling psychologists who may work primarily with the "worried well." Both disciplines are capable of working with both populations; there is a lot of overlap. The biggest difference comes in the focus of formal education: treatment/assessment of severely mentally ill versus day-to-day life stressors. ...Read more

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How to earn a degree in genetic counseling?

How to earn a degree in genetic counseling?

Search out schools: You need a background in subjects like counseling, anatomy, physiology, and biochemistry. Check out job descriptions to see what hospitals and clinics are looking for in a person doing genetic counseling. Peace and good health. ...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?

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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Dr. Andrew Berry
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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