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Learning to cope: We can consider addictions as diseases in which one's motives are distorted so that pursuing a substance becomes more important than anything else. Recovery from addiction entails reordering one's life without the addictive substance. After detoxification and a period of grief one learns to live without the substance. ...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: Recovery planning is very important. There are recources or people who can help. Going to aa and getting a sponsor is a form of recovery planning, talking to your doctor is another. Some therapist are specialized in recovery planning. Have a plan that involves other people is the best way to stay sober. Ex would be, newly sober, what do you do if you come across a "friend" or dealer. Need a plan. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What are the necessary requirements for someone who wants to work at an addiction recovery center?
Drug addiction is a: Disease. It changes your brain and leads to cravings for the drug. Even after someone has been clean and sober, the addiction does not disappear and there are signs that the brain has been changed. It is important to get help attend aa or na (narcotics anonymous) and psychotherapy to fight the disease. ...Read more
Mind, body, spirit: Holistic treatment would provide what the individual needs in order to withdraw from the addictive agent, and change the mental, emotional, social, and spiritual environment in which the addiction formed. Detox, relaxation, meditation, prayer, 12step programs, nutrition, exercise, psychotherapy, acupuncture, medications might all be used in some cases. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Nutrition and...: Drug & alcohol addicts usually have genetic metabolic imbalances & often benefit from high doses of vit b3 & other individualized nutrients including amino acids. They need to avoid sugar, caffeine, tobacco & food allergens. Exercise, meditation/biofeedback, counseling, medicinal herbs, homeopathy & acupuncture are also important modalities utilized in a holistic approach to recovery. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My husband is at an in-patient recovery facility for addiction, and he didn't do well during his experiential. What is the next step?
Experiential therpay: Not everyone will succeed the first time around; in fact, many don't. He may not have been ready for it. Or maybe the second or third time around he will get it. Individuals & their experiences are different and sometime a different approach is needed. The key is to be patient, be proactive & supportive in a positive way and never lose hope. ...Read more
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