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Doctor insights on: Addictions Developed Through Operant Conditioning

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Is any difference in effectiveness of behavior modification and operant conditioning for weight loss?

Is any difference in effectiveness of behavior modification and operant conditioning for weight loss?

Done right both work: Operant conditioning is a form of behavior modification. Behavior modification is based in part on these basic principles: if someone receives what is considered a reward after engaging in certain behavior, that behavior will be strengthened or occur more often. If someone receives no reward, that behavior will weaken or occur less often. It is up to you to set up what behaviors get what rewards. ...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 help someone through drug addiction?

How to help someone through drug addiction?

Depends on what you: mean by 'help.' Nobody can make someone else change, but they can present their concerns, love, caring and arguments about how the problem is hurting them, and hope that it makes a dent. You can attend Alanon meetings for YOURSELF, and learn to deal with your anger, shame, guilt and other emotions related to your friend/family member. Again, be caring and supportive, but nagging doesn't work. ...Read more

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How can I help someone through drug addiction?

How can I help someone through drug addiction?

Tough question: When push comes to shove, only the person with addiction can help themselves. We can help family/loved ones by being caring, loving and supportive, and by not enabling their addiction (making excuses for them, fixing their screw-ups, giving them money for drugs/alcohol etc.). Alanon is a self-help program for the people who care about those with addiction, and meetings can help you help yourself. ...Read more

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If I am going through a depression, am I more likely to develop an addiction?

If I am going through a depression, am I more likely to develop an addiction?

Depends: The probably with substance abuse during depression is that you can start to treat your symptoms with alcohol or other drugs. They do not really treat your depression, just distract you from the symptoms. If you are depressed it is best to speak to a physician or mental health provider instead of trying to treat yourself with alcohol or drugs. ...Read more

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Will clonoipin and Valium help me through the first 5 days of my physical addiction to opioids?

Will clonoipin and Valium help me through the first 5 days of my physical addiction to opioids?

No it won't: I agree with dr. Fowler that trying to detox yourself from opiates is a really bad idea. Also, benzodiazepines have no cross-tolerance with opiates -- so no, they won't help with opiate withdrawal symptoms. Please see either your own doctor or an addiction medicine physician. The latter than also help you get more support than pills alone. Be well. ...Read more

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I seem to have an addiction to eating Ice. But now sometimes after eating it, I start to feel nausea. I go through maybe 2-3 trays of ice a day.

I seem to have an addiction to eating Ice. But now sometimes after eating it, I start to feel nausea. I go through maybe 2-3 trays of ice a day.

Compulsion: I see this more as a compulsion than an addiction. I'm sure it's not in the best interest of your health and your teeth. Consider seeing a therapist that specializes in OCD and related conditions. Medications such as Wellbutrin (bupropion) may also help. ...Read more

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I need to know an OTC drug to help a friend relax and get through his issues with his heroin and meth addiction. Same effect as alcohol. Thanks.

Drug Withdrawal: First an addict coming off of meth and heroin needs to be observed during withdrawal. There is too much risk in detoxing without medical attention close at hand. There is no otc medication to help one stay safe while detoxing. Your friend needs to be in a safe and medical place for this. ...Read more

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I hear voices unfortunetly due to addiction of meth. My concern is that somehow if another person uses are we able to communicate through the mind?

No.: Such communication might be believable when you are "high" but it most certainly isn't. It is tough enough communicating with co-workers directly let alone strangers through the mind. ...Read more

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I went through rapid detox for opiate addiction several years ago. After relapsing my withdrawal symptoms seem more intense. Is there a connection?

I went through rapid detox for opiate addiction several years ago. After relapsing my withdrawal symptoms seem more intense. Is there a connection?

No: Rapid detox is a method used to withdraw from an opiate medication that is advertised to be painless. There is no scientific evidence that this is the case. Patients undergoing rapid detox have been shown to have just as severe withdrawal symptoms as those without it. ...Read more

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