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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

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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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How do psychiatrist, psychologist, and mental health counselor differ?

How do psychiatrist, psychologist, and mental health counselor differ?

Therapy vs meds: Speaking very generally, most psychologists hold either a PhD or a PsyD degree (I hold both) and practice psychotherapy. Psychiatrists hold either an MD or a DO degree, and they prescribe psychotropic medications, and generally do not do all that much therapy these days, but years ago psychiatrists would do both. Social workers, psychiatrists, and psychologists all do counseling/psychotherapy. ...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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Emotionally disturbed addict. I'm a recovering alcohol, crack, heroin and Valium addict, how to cope?

Emotionally disturbed addict. I'm a recovering alcohol, crack, heroin and Valium addict, how to cope?

You need support: Few people, if anyone, can recover all on their own. There are self-help groups like aa/na and others, formal therapy groups that use cognitive behavioral therapy, individual psychotherapies and family/couples therapies. Work on improving health with diet and exercise, and develop other fulfilling activities and hobbies, religious and/or meditative practices. Treat underlying psychiatric problem. ...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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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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What's substance dependence vs addiction?

Addiction vs.: Dependence. Some drugs have effects on the body that the body becomes used to. This is dependence. If the drug is suddenly withdrawn, the patient will experience a withdrawal syndrome untill the body readjusts. Addiction is an uncontrollable, compulsive need for and use of a substance despite negative consequences (deteriorating health, memory, loss of relationships, legal problems, etc.). ...Read more

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When should someone see an addictions counselor?

Addiction: When your life becomes unmanageable because of the substance, when it impedes relationships with others, and when you realize you cannot get through your days without it, seek an addictions counselor. ...Read more

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When addiction counselor agencies have government funding, do they have inspectors who come in and check your records every once in a while?

When addiction counselor agencies have government funding, do they have inspectors who come in and check your records every once in a while?

The blue pages of: Your phone book lists agencies run by the government. There are state and federal laws about confidentiality. Clinics are supposed to be monitored by regulatory agencies. Ask the same questions you ask here if you go to one. They are largely motivated by good will and want to help. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Who should I see for my anxiety from extreme drug cravings?Addiction counselor? Therapist? Drug detox? Cbt? I can't get rid my substance abuse mindset.

Who should I see for my anxiety from extreme drug cravings?Addiction counselor? Therapist? Drug detox? Cbt? I can't get rid my substance abuse mindset.

See below: See an addiction psychiatrist or a physician certified by the american board of addiction medicine. Both societies have websites. While you may benefit from inpatient treatment, there is no rule that every detox from a particular drug requires such. ...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?

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?

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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Is cutting considered an addiction?

Addictions are comp-: ulsive, mood-altering behaviors that sooner or later cause (often significant) problems in life. What makes them an addiction is that sufferers won't or can't quit despite the problems the behaviors cause. From this point of view, cutting could be an addiction, although is it not one of the classic addictions (alcohol, sex, gambling, drugs, food, etc.) ...Read more

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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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Is there such thing as food addiction?

Yes.: Eating disorders may take the form of 1) compulsive overeating, 2) bulimia with purging or 3) anorexia nervosa. All three of these disorders are forms of food addiction. ...Read more

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What are signs of addiction to medication?

Addiction: you have to have it, what ever it takes to get it.. It means "whatever" , ...Read more

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What are the underlying causes of addiction?

Genetics, : Life trauma that is not dealt with. Personality and interpersonal issues. These are the main causes, sociocultural issues play a big role as well. Of course, availability of the addictive object play a big role also. ...Read more

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What are the risk factors for food addiction?

What are the risk factors for food addiction?

Being researched: Food addiction is not yet recognized by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM), but it was acknowledged in the most recent version (V). Not being an official diagnosis does not mean that the condition is not real. It simply means that research around the disorder is relatively new, and formal diagnostic criteria and risk factors have not yet been agreed upon. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Seibert
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Counselors (Definition)

Counselors/therapists are health professionals who usually specialize in a particular mode of therapy such as psychotherapy (counseling) or art therapy to help patients tackle various issues. Such issues may be phobias (fears) of the patient, mental health ...Read more