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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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Adderall, xanax, (alprazolam) alcohol, and nicotine addiction - how best to quit, what to do?

Adderall, xanax, (alprazolam) alcohol, and nicotine addiction - how best to quit, what to do?

See a specialist: In addiction treatment. The alcohol and Alprazolam need specialized treatment in order for you to safely withdraw. Adderal can simply be stopped, and there are many ways to stop smoking. There are many chemical dependency treatment programs and your access depends on your resources, insurance etc. www.asam.org and www.Aaap.Org can give you names of addiction physicians in your area. ...Read more

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How can you identify a Xanax (alprazolam) addiciton?

See below: When the xanax (alprazolam) is creating more problems than solving which is true for more than 50% of daily users (> 3 -4 months) even when they are following directions. ...Read more

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Can one get addicted to xanax (alprazolam)?

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Xanax (alprazolam): Possible if increase dose to get more sedation, without supervision by your md. ...Read more

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I have adderall, xanax, (alprazolam) alcohol, and nicotine addiction - how best to quit?

I have adderall, xanax, (alprazolam) alcohol, and nicotine addiction - how best to quit?

Multiple addictions: To begin with you mentioned two legitimate therapeutic drugs and then two social drugs that you're addicted to. Booze ; nicotine are both serious addictions but both have very different approaches. Too much to go into here. Adderall and xanax (alprazolam) are very different drugs. If they're being prescribed legitimately you need to talk to your doctor and be honest. Good luck again much too much cover. ...Read more

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Is Xanax (alprazolam) hard to quit?

Yes: Because of the short half life and rapid onset, this particular drug is more reinforcing than the other benzos. If you are on Xanax (alprazolam) and want to come off, i suggest doing this very slowly...Over at least 6 months to a year and done by someone who has experience in taking people off of xanax (alprazolam). ...Read more

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How to deal with benzo withdrawal (xanax, klonopin, (clonazepam) ativan, valium, etc..)?

Not fun: Usually the strategy is to slowly taper off the benzo and use a long-acting one, and sometimes it's really, really slow. Here's a trick i sometimes suggest to my patients: when your dose is pretty low, gently drag you pill across an emery board before you take it. One time the first day, two times the next, etc. That way you're very gradually cutting the dose down. Good luck and stick with it. ...Read more

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What amount ambien, (zolpidem) clonazepam, flexeril and alcohol to commit suicide?

What amount ambien, (zolpidem) clonazepam, flexeril and alcohol to commit suicide?

GET HELP NOW: No ethical physician is going to give you such advice, since you are clearly depressed and i believe that this question is your cry for help. There are suicide hotlines like the samaritans (1-877-870-4673) or online at http://samaritanshope. Your health care provider can help and refer you, or your local public mental health clinic can be a source of help. Please get the help you need asap. ...Read more

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How to quit a gambling addiction?

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 taper alprazolam?

Xanax (alprazolam) taper: This is a short acting benzo which can be difficult to come off. I usually switch people to the equivalent Klonopin dose (about have the mg dose of xanax (alprazolam) per day) and reduce the daily dose by 0.25mg every week. Ie it would take 1 month to come off 1mg of Klonopin which is equivalent to about 2mg of xanax (alprazolam). ...Read more

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So can you modify benzodiazepine dosages to take away addiction and habituation potential?

So can you modify benzodiazepine dosages to take away addiction and habituation potential?

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

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What can xanax, (alprazolam) klonopin and vistaril do to a person?

What can xanax, (alprazolam) klonopin and vistaril do to a person?

Together?: All 3 are used as sedatives or tranquilizers. Xanax (alprazolam) & Klonopin (clonazepam) are benzodiazepines, vistiril (hydroxyzine) is a sedating antihistamine. "benzos" can be addictive, especially short-acting ones like xanax. Vistiril isn't. It's usually not good to take all 3 of these together: the 2 benzos can "add together" & increase side-effects, & all 3 can impair driving & alertness. ...Read more

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Can alcohol or drug addiction person take this Valium medication.?

Can alcohol or drug addiction person take this Valium medication.?

Valium and alcohol: Sounds like you may be taking valium on your own that is not prescribed for you . If that's the case then no one can comment . In any event if you are taking it as prescribed i hope the prescriber knows about your addictions. The bottom line is it can potentially be very dangerous depending on your history and your metabolism met the built -valium can be deadly with alcohol. ...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 could i identify a Xanax (alprazolam) addiction?

How could i identify a Xanax (alprazolam) addiction?

4 C's of addiction: Addiction is when you cannot consistently control your use (taking more than prescribed, buying off the street, etc.), are obsessed/compulsive about the use, have craving, and continue to use despite adverse consequences (legal, relationships, medical, etc.). That's the short version of a definition of addiction. Tolerance and withdrawal can occur in people who are or are not addicted. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about hydrocodone addiction vs heroin addiction?

Can you tell me about hydrocodone addiction vs heroin addiction?

They are cousins: and addiction to one looks pretty much like addiction to the other. In fact, the prescription drug epidemic has ultimately led to far more people using heroin, because when the doctors cut you off, or the cops close down pill mills, or large scale distribution site get busted, people turn to heroin because its available and usually cheaper. The symptoms of both addiction/withdrawal are the same. ...Read more

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Can u use Xanax (alprazolam) to prevent alcohol withdrawal seizures?

Can u use Xanax (alprazolam) to prevent alcohol withdrawal seizures?

Alcoholism: Although Xanax (alprazolam) has been prescribed to prevent seizures, Alcohol withdrawal should be managed by a physician. If there is concern for withdrawal seizures then there is concern for alcoholism and its many complications and it is in your best interest to discuss your concerned with your family physician. ...Read more

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Xanax (alprazolam) addiction: what should I do to overcome this?

Xanax (alprazolam) addiction: what should I do to overcome this?

See a professional: Benzodiazepine addiction, the class of drugs to which xanax (alprazolam) belongs, can be very serious, and sudden cessation of the drug, or tapering it too quickly can result in seizures, cardiovascular stress and delirium. Longer-acting medications can be subsituted and gradually tapered, both inpatient and outpatient. Psychological counseling is critical to deal with why you need them so much. ...Read more

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Alprazolam (Definition)

Alprazolam is a short acting benzodiazepine, it does not last long in the system . So when used regularly with multiple doses to treat anxiety, it is associated with inter-dose withdrawal, tolerance and a resulting increase level of baseline anxiety. So in anxiety clinics, we use it only in cases of " flight , dentist or other infrequent anxieties, ...Read more


Xanax (Definition)

Alprazolam is a short-acting benzodiazepine which is a kind of sleep-inducing drug ...Read more