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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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Pain killer addiction--isnt it the doctors fault?

Pain killer addiction--isnt it the doctors fault?

Debatable: I do think that docs take some responsibility when they are the source of the medication, but they cannot be the sole blame. Pain is the hardest condition to treat since anyone can claim they are in pain. A comprehensive evaluation and exam can help identify patients at risk for addiction. Ultimately it is the patient that takes the medication. The doc cannot force them to use them. ...Read more

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Doctors! what addiction can I make for leaving addiction of masturbating?

Doctors! what addiction can I make for leaving addiction of masturbating?

No addiction...: I would not recommend replacing one addiction with another. If you are concerned about masturbating too much, get some help. Speak with a psychologist about your addiction & discover ways to improve your relationships. If you can develop healthier intimate relations you will have an easier time overcoming the addiction. ...Read more

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Hi Doctors. How do I know if I have a food addiction and if so what should I do?

Hi Doctors. How do I know if I have a food addiction and if so what should I do?

Consider speaking: With a therapist. Breaking bad habits of any kind takes work. Cognitive behavioral therapy, dieting apps on your phone, hypnosis, are just a few possible therapeutic options or a combination oc techniques can help. Because you must keep eating ending an eating addiction is complex. You need to learn to make peace with food and choose healthier ones. Ask additional questions if you need to here. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens when you go to the doctors about a cocaine addiction?

Could you tell me what happens when you go to the doctors about a cocaine addiction?

You get help: Doctors are trained to be non-judgmental, meaning they won't outwardly judge your problem in the same negative fashion that society may have. They are there to help when they can & often can help. A long standing Cocaine addiction often requires the assistance of an addiction med specialist, psychiatrist, counselor, etc. But starting with your regular doctor is a very good 1st step. ...Read more

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Would a doctor classify it as an addiction if you don't want to stop?

Would a doctor classify it as an addiction if you don't want to stop?

Unrelated: The hallmarks of physical addiction are (1) physical "dependence" - the user experiences withrawal symptoms if stops using/taking it (happens w/many sunbstances, incl meds 4 high blood pressure); & (2) "tolerance" - over time, the user requires higher & higher amounts of the substance 2 get the same effect. "not wanting to stop" is not connected to how we define physical addiction. ...Read more

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Doctors, what are the side effects of a dilaudid addiction?

Doctors, what are the side effects of a dilaudid addiction?

Side effects??: They aren't really effects on the side, but what the drug does. Any opioid can cause physical dependency, and the main "side effect" of a Dilaudid (or heroin, or oxycodone) dependency is that if you don't have it, you go into withdrawal, which can be severe, with nausea/vomiting/diarrhea, muscle pain, anxiety, insomnia. Other effects of use are constipation edema, low testosterone and overdose. ...Read more

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Do doctors think it's ever too late to get a person help with drug addiction?

Do doctors think it's ever too late to get a person help with drug addiction?

Never lose hope: For most people it is never too late. The longer one uses drugs the more psychological, neurophysiological, and physical harm is done making it more difficult to stop & reverse. This question is sensitive enough that it should be answered in-person by a physician specializing in this field. ...Read more

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Would a doctor classify it as an addiction if you do something to escape or for a release?

Would a doctor classify it as an addiction if you do something to escape or for a release?

Addiction: I agree with dr. Fowler. In the diagnostic & statistical manual, "addiction" isn't used. But it equates to a severe "substance use" d/o, with both tolerance (using more & more of the substance or behavior to get the same effect) and withdrawal (physical symptoms when the substance/behavior is stopped). Also, pursuing the substance/behavior despite harm to health & the rest of one's life, etc. ...Read more

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What kind of doctor is familiar with sex addiction?

No one really: A psychiatrist, psychologist, or related therapist. In a pinch, addition doc. However, no specialty really systematically addresses this problem and you must ask the individual provider specifically if he can help. ...Read more

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