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Addiction In Children
A lot: You sound correctly concerned. Now let's confer with an excellent psychiatrist. For you! For the kids! ...Read more
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
Yes: Love them unconditionally. Be honest with them, encourage them to share with you. Play with them. Have boundries with them. Encourage extracirricular actives such as sports, music, the arts. Let them know certain things you will not tolerate in your house such as underage drinking or drug use. Take a good look at your own "habits". Know their friends, don't be afraid to be nosey. And pray like heck. ...Read more
Are sexually suppressed children more prone to develop abnormal sexual behavior (sex addiction, asexual etc)?
Maybe: It depends on what you mean by sexually suppressed. If you mean children raised in conservative homes that discourage early sexual experiences but don't teach that sex is bad, probably not. If you mean children raised in homes that have negative or punitive views of sex, probably yes. ...Read more
Absolutely: Chilldren learn by modeling the behavior of those around them. Living with parents whom are addicted; this is what they see and know. They see how their parents cope with life, deal with feelings and deal with others, which are all usually dysfunctional in someone with an addiction. There is also a genetic component to addiction as well. These children may take on unhealthy roles, can't be "kids". ...Read more
Children with Fetal: Alcohol Spectrum Disorders have deficits in executive functions because alcohol targets & kills neurons in the fetal frontal cortex. Inability to understand cause-&-effect, learn from mistakes, control impulses & resist peer pressure ^ risk of alcoholism & substance abuse in teens with FASD separately from genetic loading for mental illness & addiction. See www. Fasdcenter. Samhsa. Gov/Index. Aspx ...Read more
Smoking vs pregnancy: Pregnancy is simply not the time to smoke wherupon nicotine byproducts are absorbed by the fetus as well as carbon monoxide. (yes, the stuff from car exhausts!). Addictions such as smoking can be environmentally transmitted to infants and children by parents, but I do not know of any double blind study implicating a predisposition intra-natally due to high risk to the fetuses as research subjects. ...Read more
Is there anything I can do about an addiction to amphetamine I have a very busy life style with children also a full time job I am desperate?
Malignant cancer: Addiction is a disease that eats your life away as well as the lives of your loved ones, including your children. If you were diagnosed with a potentially rapidly spreading cancer would you not stop working as to fight for a cure? Unfortunately the poison clouds the mind of it's prey, preventing it from conceptualizing the problem as an urgent medical issue. ...Read more
"Liking": Liking something whether it be a substance or activity to the point where there is a preoccupation resulting in harm. Probably has to do with Dopamine in the brain which some people get more of a boost from than others. This is heavily genetically influenced. Some substances have such a profound effect that they tend to be more "addictive" than others-like smoked methamphetamine or nicotine. ...Read more
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
Recovery program: For any addiction, you need help from your physician, often also an addiction medicine doctor, and a support group that works with the substance or behavior you're using addictively. If the addiction medicine doctor is not a psychiatrist, you also need a psychiatric evaluation so that any conditions complicating your recovery can be treated. Bottom line: don't do it alone, and you don't have to! ...Read more
Let's treat cause:
An evaluation by a well trained psychiatrist should clarify the depth, strength, causative factor (s) involved.
An addiction similar to opiates or ''speed'' is unlikely. I suspect anxiety of a general to specific nature or a difficulty related to depression or compulsive behavior is more likely.
All these are easier to treat than chemical addictions. ...Read more
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
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
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
Find a specialist: To help with your addiction, see someone who specializes in addiction medicine or addiction psychiatry. The american society of addiction medicine (www. Asam. Org) and the american academy of addiction psychiatry (www. Aaap. Org) can steer you to experts in your area. ...Read more
Drug addiction: Starts by using a drug that briefly gives you pleasure or relieves distress. The most addicting drugs produce tolerance -- more drug is needed to get the same effect -- & cause withdrawal reactions -- you feel terrible as the drug leaves your body. Addictions are misguided attempts to feel good. They are temporary & can cause more problems than they solve, including permanent brain damage. ...Read more
No simple answer: Sometimes people inflict physical pain on themselves to avoid feeling emotional pain. Sometimes pain has been associated with sex & therefore becomes associated with pleasurable sensations. Sometimes people inflict pain on themselves out of guilt and the punishment feels good (or at least better than the guilt). It is possible that pain releases dopamine, which often mediates other addictions. ...Read more
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What pleasure you get to a point, you can't leave,
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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
:) 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
Addiction?: "addiction" or dependence usually implies that (1) you're engaging in a maladaptive pattern of the activity; (2) it causes significant impairment or distress; (3) you need it more and more often, and (4) a great deal of time is spent on it to the neglect of important obligations. Sex (and eating) do not easily fit into this pattern, despite the increasing concern voiced by many. ...Read more
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
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
Replace the behavior: Some addictions may be addressed by either treatment with therapy or an attempt to stop the unwanted behavior on your own. Cheating addiction would fall into this group. To use the phone less, you may try substituting the behavior with another rewarding but more useful behavior such as exercise. There may also be problems with the primary relationship that should be addressed in couples therapy. ...Read more