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One day at a time: The most successful approaches (12-step) say that it is one day at a time. They view addiction as a life long challenge. You can stop today. Then you stop tomorrow and on and on. They see it as being in recovery and it only takes as long as making a decision to do it. Also it takes a lifetime of doing it. Look them up. They are so welcoming and generous with support. Best wishes! ...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
Lifetime,1 day @time: It gets easier over time but most people need ongoing support to stay stopped for any type of addiction. Try marijuana anonymous @ www.Marijuana-anonymous.Org. There are about 5 or 6 local districts of ma for the la area & local websites have meeting info. Check local drug treatment programs too. ...Read more
That depends: Any prescribed drug that could potentially cause an addiction, like a sedative, a stimulant or a narcotic, as examples, will have a different half-life and impact on the receptors in the body that are altered by chronic use. So the time to completely recover after abstinence depends on the drug but also on your specific risk of addiction as well. ...Read more
What to do if i know it takes 21 days to break a bad habit but how long does it take to stop an addiction?
21 days, really?: That idea came from a 1970's self-help book. It would be nice to believe, but it can be much harder & take longer. Recovery from addiction is a process - ask any aa person - an addict is never "cured", but is in recovery. But, you can stop using or doing the object of your addiction right now. Tomorrow, the next day, etc. That's why they say one day at a time. Best wishes for recovery! ...Read more
If you take drugs occasionally, is there still a risk of addiction? And if so, by what percentage is it less likely?
Yes there IS risk: If a drug is "your" drug, you can be hooked from first use. I've known many people who drank their first drink or snorted their first Cocaine for instance, and that was "it." years of addiction followed. For them, these substances seemed like solutions, but of course long-term complications came too. Go to an open na meeting & listen -- it will be an education for you. ...Read more
1) join a 12 step group that focuses on porn addiction and in which you make an honest exploration in the presence of others
2) learn to deal with feelings like boredom, anger, sadness, loneliness and anxiety in a healthy way
3) spend less time alone: review your current relationships? What can you do to make them more satisfying?
4) make a list of the pros and cons of using porn. ...Read more
Addictions: Addictions are tough to break. First, you'll only break the addiction if you've really reached a point where you have your own inner desire to do so. You should create firm guidelines for using your computer. My recommendation is to give someone else control over your computer and give them the ability to lock you out of that game, otherwise it's too tempting. ...Read more
I have an addiction to AlkaSeltzer Plus Tablets. I take them for no reason at times. What could happen if prolonged use occurs just out of habit?
You need to get involved in a recovery/treatment program.
This is one option: http://www.Netaddictionrecovery.Com/. ...Read more
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
Highly variable: Therapy can give you a tremendous boost in controlling internet use. Cognitive-behavioral therapy provides step-by-step ways to stop compulsive internet behaviors and change your perceptions regarding internet and computer use. Therapy can also help you learn healthier ways of coping with uncomfortable emotions, such as stress, anxiety, or depression. ...Read more
Prescribing for Addi: Careful documentation, close monitoring, limit quantities prescribed, frequent followup visits, closely working with other professionals in managing the case. ...Read more
I take .25 mg of Xanax (alprazolam) once a day. Have been for a year.. Will that turn into a addiction?
Probably not: "addiction" implies a behavior change where you use more and more of the medicine to achieve the same results, and you persist in using despite negative effects in important parts of your life (work, relationships, etc). In addiction a lot of time is spent using and procuring the substance, or doing the behavior. Using .25mg xanax (alprazolam) only once a day is unlikely to result in these changes. ...Read more
My son was given a trial pack of zubsolv for oxycotin addiction. Told to take 2 a day. Should they be taken together or every 12 hours?
Either Way: The FDA advises once a day dosing however, unlike antibiotics or bp meds, the only thing that matters is how the patient "feels". Buprenorphine/Naloxone is intended to satisfy the craving for opiates without the dose dependent "high" provided by oxycodone. The smallest dose that accomplishes the goal of abstinence taken at once or in divided doses is best determined by the committed patient. ...Read more
Smoking a blunt after being clean for years Addiction won't be a problem, how many days will it take for a drug test to come up clean after doing so?
If by blunt you mean marijuana, a single joint used only once should clear out in a week or so. If you are near other people smoking week your test could be positive even if you did not smoke it. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco or alcohol in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more
Do dr's that deal with detox medicine take insurance and if so how do I find one I have am addiction to pain meds and want help but can't afford alot?
Absolutely: It is so important and courageous that you are addressing this addiction! :-) talk with your primary doctor about a plan, if needed she/he can recommend specialist near by that takes your insurance. If those options are not possible, there is a local community mental health center in your county that can provide services at low or no cost. Reach out today! ...Read more
Overeaters Anonymous: It takes a lifetime to stay stopped, but it can only be done one day at a time. You will need ongoing support. Overeaters anonymous is a fellowship of individuals who, through shared experience, strength & hope, are recovering from compulsive overeating. Find more info & meetings at www.Oa.Org. For more on sugar addiction, view "sugar: the bitter truth" by robert lustig md on youtube. ...Read more
Lifetime: If the addiction was acquired during a painful illness, recovery can be very fast aided by humane protocols such as used by the military in burn units. If it was a recreational use or from ill-advised prescribing, the person will never be fully normal or able to approach opiates again without having terrible things happen in the mind. ...Read more
No: Only a small percent of people actually get addicted to narcotics, but most who are on it chronically are dependent. The difference is that addiction is characterized by the continued use of a substance despite adverse consequences. The goal of chronic pain medicine is not to take the pain away, but to increase the function of the individual, so you can do more. ...Read more
Take away? No: I don't believe you can absolutely remove the risk of abuse, addiction & habituation, some of which is genetically based. However, you can reduce the risk by using the lowest dose possible for the shortest amount of time necessary to achieve the goal. Most important, don't take it if you don't need it. Many times, ssris (class of antidepressants) can help mitigate need for benzodiazepine. ...Read more
No: Use this marvel to get the help you deserve: an evaluation by a well trained psychiatrist. ...Read more