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Addictions Developed Through Operant Conditioning
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 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
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?
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I have an addiction to eucalyptus citrus sprays. I spray my cloth over ten times a day and sniff so hard. I have been through 50 bottles already. Help?
Addictions can come: In many different forms. I would recommend seeing a counselor as the most effective treatment is therapy. ...Read more
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