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Delay gratification: If addiction is continuing something despite harmful effects on self/loved ones (eg food, substances, games, etc...), there is conflict b/w short term pleasure vs what we care about long term. Motivation to delay gratification through cravings over and over may come from focus on why we want to stop, and understanding that each time we give in to a craving we get farther from what we really want. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Addiction is a condition in which a person has a strong, persistent physical and psychological need for a habit-forming substance (such as alcohol, cigarettes, or cocaine) or an activity (such as gambling). The person usually suffers physical or psychological withdrawal symptoms if he is unable to continue getting what ...Read more
Will letting my kid experiment with drugs under our supervision be a good way to fend off addiction?
Absolutely not: I can't give a categorical no strong enough. First, exposure to the drug is often what leads to the addiction in the first place. They may do some with you, but also some elsewhere, and it doesn't take much to become addicted. Second, it's giving your approval that this is ok. That's a big line to cross over. And third, it's illegal, and can get you all arrested. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Gambler's fallacy: The "gambler's fallacy" is the belief that "this time i'll win it big." for some folks, this is an irresistable urge that drives them to spend all of their money, whether it be on lotto tickets, at the craps table, slot machines or on sporting events. Groups like celebrate recovery and gambler's anonymous are very important to overcoming this. If this is you, seek help and support today. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Many Options: To Help Treat Addictive Disorders: Community Supports (Recovery Centers or 12-Step Meetings), Individual Counselor or Agencies Licensed in Addictions Counseling, Psychologist/Psychiatrist, Individual and/or Group Psychotherapy, Intensive Outpatient Programs (Eve/Day), Inpatient/Residential Treatment (14-30+ days), Hospital Detox. Any combination of these. Help is available - addiction is treatable ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
"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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
:) good question: A true addiction to any substance or behavior is never good by the very definition of addiction. Uncontrolled use or can't stop behavior that results in negative conseques to ones health and well being. Other healthy areas of ones life become neglected, self care, family friends, etc. A healthy addiction is therefore not really an addiction at all. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
These seem objective: 1.High tolerance--can imbibe larger and larger amounts 2.Withdrawal signs if does not have substance 3.Persistent desire & unsuccessful attempts to cut back 3.Many other previously valued activities given up because of use 4. The substance is continued despite the individual knowing it is causing major problems in his/her life 5. Much time spent getting, buying, enjoying substance 6.Secretiveness. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Tell what bothers u: Pointing other person has a problem will create defensive attitude. The only thing you can do is to set healthy boundary for yourself - you can say I have a problem - whatever you are having issue with and give some rules and consequences. Learn how to detach from situations and follow through with consequences. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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