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When should someone see an addictions counselor?

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.

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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Any tips on stopping an addiction?

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.

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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.)

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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.

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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.

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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" ,

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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.

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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.

Dr. Scott Keith
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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