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How to defeat gambling addiction?

How to defeat gambling addiction?

No fast fix: My colleague's advice to attend a 12 step group is very good. Your physician can offer medication that in low doses may abolish the craving. I would also urge you to think of the people who love you, and who you love. Compulsive gambling is one of the most common factors leading to suicide. Think of how much you have to live for. Let love give you strength to do what you must in overcoming this. ...Read more

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Dr. Vasu Brown
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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 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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Childhood emotional abuse trauma+susceptibility to addiction, what to do?

Childhood emotional abuse trauma+susceptibility to addiction, what to do?

Find a therapist: And work on all the emotional abuse you were exposed to. Make sure trauma is an area they specialize in. Ask about emdr since it can help sipped up the process, but be ready to work in therapy for a considerable amount of time. ...Read more

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Which addiction is more difficult to deal with: mental or psychological dependence?

Which addiction is more difficult to deal with: mental or psychological dependence?

The same: Mental or psychological dependence are essentially the same. You might mean physiological rather than psychological. Physiological involves bodily functions to include heart rate, blood pressure, shakiness, and other changes. When people are physiologically dependent, they may feel those bodily changes without a clear psychological/mental need/addiction. Addiction relates to mental/psychological. ...Read more

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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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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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How to quit a gambling addiction?

Gambling addiction: Treatment is available. Options include gamblers anonymous meetings and/or psychological or psychiatric treatments. ...Read more

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How to defeat depression and social anxiety?

How to defeat depression and social anxiety?

Your Dr can assess: for mood disorder & causative underlying medical conditions. Talking therapy (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or insight oriented psychotherapy) is allows for lasting change. Psychiatric meds may be indicated. Don't isolate. Spend time w people. Use your support system. Get out. Get at least 8 hrs of sleep/ night & eat healthfully. Daily aerobic physical activity is a big +. Try acupuncture, tai chi ...Read more

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How to overcome your addiction of watching dramas?

How to overcome your addiction of watching  dramas?

Cold turkey : Just spend the time you would watching them and think of fun activities for yourself. ...Read more

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How to manage depression in relationships?

How to manage depression in relationships?

Not exactly sure : What you are asking. Are you talking about one member in the relationship having depression? Are you referring to the relationship being damaging and leading to depression? If a relationship were that damaging - would examine if one should stay in it. If one member is depressed - be supportive, but set limits so you don't become engulfed in the other person's lows. ...Read more

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Could gambling lead to gambling addiction?

Could gambling lead to gambling addiction?

Yes: Dr. Fowler's advice is very good. Of all the addictions, this is the one that's most likely to lead to suicide. Just experimenting with gambling usually does not lead to disaster -- but who wants to mess with it? You certain to lose your money in the long run. Why not spend it on something meaningful? ...Read more

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How do you overcome depression, boredom and social isolation?

How do you overcome depression, boredom and social isolation?

Life purpose: I agree with dr. Ulrich about the need for evaluation & treatment for depression. This can definitely help. Also very important is finding your own purpose for being on the planet, and giving your time, love, and energy to that. There is not one of us who has nothing to give and share with others. It can be a challenge finding it though -- treatment can help you get clear enough to find yours. ...Read more

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How can I overcome an addiction to gambling?

How can I overcome an addiction to gambling?

Let's talk: The type, severity, & pervasiveness of the ld will determine its treatment. Obviously, the ld needs to be described & appropriate interventions made. Yes, it's possible to overcome a long standing ld if the patient has the desire and fortitude to try. Many appropriate accommodations occur in le patients, some of which they are entirely unaware of. Seek help from developmental doc & therapists. ...Read more

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How can gambling addiction change people?

How can  gambling addiction change people?

Destroy their lives?: Like any other serious addiction gambling has destroyed people, making them lose their jobs, break their families and make them destitute. Recent research suggests that the brain in these people is wired differently?! intelligent people would recognize their weakness and avoid getting involved. ...Read more

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Can porn cause emotional bunting/inability to love a partner/empathy reduction/difficulty to be romantic?

Can porn cause emotional bunting/inability to love a partner/empathy reduction/difficulty to be romantic?

Yes: Pornography has shown to have adverse psychological effects when watched in excess. Reduced ability to love a real person is another symptom as no one can live up to the ideal on the screen. However, these issues are treatable with psychotherapy and seeking out a therapist who is experienced in this area is generally recommended. Watching as little pornography as possible also should help. ...Read more

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How to overcome sugar addiction?

How to overcome sugar addiction?

Sugar Addiction: I commend you for your desire to overcome Sugar Addiction. Write: you do not want to gain weight, do not want risk of developing Diabetes, Heart disease, High Blood Pressure, Stroke, and their complications. Say it loudly that you will not be victim of your impulses, cravings and habits ,and you will remain Captain over your use of Candy, Soda, Chips, French fries, Pretzels, Crackers, White bread ...Read more

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How to overcome social anxiety?

How to overcome social anxiety?

Skills-Based Help: See this page of Anxiety Disorders Assn of BC which contains educational & self-help tools (incl. a video) for managing & even overcoming social anxiety: http://ow.ly/EXyqE Effective treatment for social anxiety will involve putting yourself in feared social situations, going from ones you fear only a little to others you fear a lot. A CBT expert coach can be big help! ...Read more

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How to deal with cocaine addiction?

How to deal with cocaine addiction?

With help: You can seek out a specialist in addiction medicine in your area through: www.Abam.Net/find-a-doctor that is a start. Also you can attend Cocaine anonymous -- find a local meeting at www.Ca.Org/ also their world services office phone is: 310-559-5833 good luck to you. ...Read more

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How to fight cocaine addiction?

How to fight cocaine addiction?

Rehab!: You may have more experience dealing with addiction than most professional addiction therapists. Clearly you've put time into these challenges and you deserve all the help available. Find a good rehab facility. A link: http://drugabuse.Com/library/how-to-help-a-cocaine-addict/ i hope you do well. ...Read more

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How to overcome an excerise addiction?

How to overcome an excerise addiction?

It may depend on: Your reasons for exercise. Are you trying to keep your weight down, build your muscles up, or can't give up your runner's high. In all cases, some fear is keeping you going. Figuring out what scares you about slowing down your exercise routine will give you a hint about how to reduce it. Discussing,these worries with a professional will help. ...Read more

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