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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 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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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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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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I'm acutely porn addicted ...how can solve this porn addiction?

Cold turkey: You need to stop visiting porn sites immediately and completely. You have already made a good start by recognizing that your behavior is a problem. Try to find something else you enjoy that keeps you active, e.g., going hiking, playing an instrument, gardening, being at the beach, playing chess etc. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. ...Read more

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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

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Why is a methadone addiction better than a heroine addiction?

Why is a methadone addiction better than a heroine addiction?

It's legal: Heroine is an illegal drug and unregulated. You'll not know what you are really getting. With methadone, you know you are using it under the guidance of a specialist dealing with the addicted patient, and you are under medical supervision. ...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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What is worse a coke addiction or oxycodone addiction?

What is worse a coke addiction or oxycodone addiction?

Both are bad: Cocaine is more likely to lead to stroke and cardiovascular issues, where as oxycodone is more likely to lead to respiratory depression. Both are bad and i would not trade one for the other. Seek professional help to break free of each. ...Read more

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Help please! is caffeine addiction serious?

Help please! is caffeine addiction serious?

Not alone: Mixed with other addictions or medical conditions, (particularly cardiovascular conditons) but generally not. The withdrawal headaches are a dull all day ache that can last days to weeks. ...Read more

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Is vivitrol effective for alcohol and opiate addiction?

Is vivitrol effective for alcohol and opiate addiction?

Yes: In my experience Vivitrol can be very effective for treatment of alcohol and opiate addiction. But Vivitrol alone is the answer. Motivation is the first key followed by working closely with a doctor who treats addiction on a regular basis, in consuling program. ...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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Help please? What is more addicting: meth or heroin?

Help please? What is more addicting: meth or heroin?

See details: Gram for gram, crack Cocaine is considered more addictive than nicotine or heroin. Because of that, i would guess meth is the more addictive than heroin but this is just a guess. ...Read more

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Help please! is cannabis addictive?

Help please! is cannabis addictive?

Yes: There are those who become addicted to cannabis. I believe the incidence of those who are addicted to cannabis to be a much higher number than one would expect. Especially due to the false belief that cannabis is safe to use. ...Read more

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What's substance dependence vs addiction?

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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How common is online gambling addiction?

Unknown : Potentially could be very prevelent and may be more problematic as technologies improve. Researchers think its growing among young populations. ...Read more

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Is internet addiction as bad addiction to television?

Is internet addiction as bad addiction to television?

Addiction= disease: Neither are bad, they are both diseases. The principles of recovery are the same for both. Consider finding a mutual support group for either addiction. ...Read more

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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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Is it possible to overcome meth addiction?

Is it possible to overcome meth addiction?

Yes: Meth addiction is hard to overcome but a good support system, counseling with support groups and medical management can help. All you need is to take the first step. ...Read more

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How can I reduce my fats? Most evenings, I buy 1 litre quantity of juice and now my body is fat. I can't stop the addiction. Any other solution?

Lots of issues: Being out of control for any reason can cause obesity. see your doctor to help you figure out why you think you can not control your weight to feel and look healthy. Good luck with this difficult issue. ...Read more

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Because of over masturbation addiction, I have a headache why? Is there any solution?

Because of over masturbation addiction, I have a headache why? Is there any solution?

Masturbation: Masturbation is a normal, healthy, common part of being a human. Every man you know masturbates or has masturbated. There is no medical reason not to masturbate. This common sexual experience is most likely not the cause of your headaches. Now, if you feel shame or guilt or feel that you should not masturbate then this worry or emotional state may lead you to physical problems such as headache. ...Read more

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What is the best effective solution for nicotine addiction? My dad (55 years old) needs around 3 cigarette boxes a day, so about 60 cigarettes a day !

What is the best effective solution for nicotine addiction? My dad (55 years old) needs around 3 cigarette boxes a day, so about 60 cigarettes a day !

Professional help: Coordination with his family dr. Combination of behavioral therapy and perhaps Chantix if safe from a general medical perspective. ...Read more

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I have been reading about topical steroid addiction/steroid induced eczema - what are your thoughts on the condition, and if believed, best solution?

I have been reading about topical steroid addiction/steroid induced eczema - what are your thoughts on the condition, and if believed, best solution?

Tapering off steroid: This has been a challenging problem for several years. Prolonged use of topical steroids leads to erythema and some atrophy of the skin. This leads to an ever increasing strength of the topical to control it which makes it worse. Gradual tapering off the topical steroids and sometimes patch testing for possible allergy is warranted. ...Read more

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If antidepr. Or ADHD meds turn out to be a solution for my sex addiction, does that mean that stopping them at any time would bring sex addiction back?

If antidepr. Or ADHD meds turn out to be a solution for my sex addiction, does that mean that stopping them at any time would bring sex addiction back?

Depends: The treatment for any addiction is not only medications but also good therapy. If one has spent enough time working through their addiction in therapy it is unlikely to return. ...Read more

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What causes addiction?

What causes addiction?

"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

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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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Can I cure my addiction?

Can I cure my addiction?

Yes: Yes you can - need a support system to deal with stress management and coping - being clean is only half the battle developing healthy stress management will be the key of being drug free. ...Read more

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How can I stop addiction?

How can I stop addiction?

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

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How do I cure tv addiction?

How do I cure tv addiction?

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

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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?

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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How can one fight addiction?

How can one fight addiction?

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

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How do drug addictions start?

How do drug addictions start?

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

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What causes addictions to pain?

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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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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