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How can I help my husband stop his addictive behavior?

How can I help my husband stop his addictive behavior?

Communicate openly: Ultimately, he has to realize that there is a problem & be willing to put in the hard work. Linking him up with an outpatient addiction clinic will be a good first step. You may want to attend alanon or naranon & see how other loved ones of people with addictions have coped with their situation. Good luck. ...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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For educational purposes: Do people who suffer addictive behavior get medication that lowers or raises dopamine?

For educational purposes: Do people who suffer addictive behavior get medication that lowers or raises dopamine?

If only it were ...: So simple :/ treatment of addiction must be personalized 4 ea pt, substance used, or behavior patient is addicted to. Treatments often work best when combined, and no one treatment is right for everyone. Components of treatment may include psychotherapy, 12 step meetings, replacement therapy (typically increase circulating dopamine) or dopamine blocking agent), tx of underlying psych dz, to start. ...Read more

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Is it possible to fix my impulsive/addictive behavior associated with bi-polar disorder? How so?

Is it possible to fix my impulsive/addictive behavior associated with bi-polar disorder? How so?

Bipolar Disorder: The best is to meet a psychiatrist for an evaluation as there may be online surveys and checklist but these are just screening tools and can not replace a good evaluation.Lot of mood symptoms can be seen as depression or bipolar so please dont have a self diagnosis or what friends say get help asap.Its really helpful with new gen meds and treatment options. Good luck. ...Read more

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How common is it to have addictive sexual behavior nowadays in the u.S.?

Pretty prevalent...: Sex addiction statistics from the society for the advancement of sexual health conservatively estimate that 3%-5% of the U.S. Population suffers from sexual compulsion disorders. This is likely an underestimate becos' it is based on those seeking treatment for sex addiction. Many of those afflicted avoid exposure & cannot be easily tracked. Other estimates are as high as 10%, ( i.e.~ 30millions!). ...Read more

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What can be done for addictive sexual behavior?

Consistent Therapy: The best treatment has to do with consistent therapy aimed at the reasons for the behavior along with behavioral and supportive strategies for containing it. Therapy will often include family members and spouses/partners. Occasionally medications are used to try to decrease sex drive or compulsive behaviors. ...Read more

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How can you stop your addictive sexual behavior?

How can you stop your addictive sexual behavior?

Sex addiction: Sexual addiction has many components similar to other addictions. A good psychological intake is helpful to determine underlying components of the addiction, consider medication to help with symptoms of depression, anxiety, ocd, etc., and then find a support group such as sexaholics anonymous (sa) or sex and love addicts anonymous (slaa). Also individual and group psychotherapy are helpful. ...Read more

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What can be done to stop my unhealthy behaviors and addiction once and for all?

What can be done to stop my unhealthy behaviors and addiction once and for all?

Treatment & support: Ongoing support, education and a sense of meaning can be gotten from treatment programs and/or groups like 12 step groups. Depending on what your addiction is, there is likely a 12 step group you can attend, and if there is not a treatment program for your particular addiction, there are addiction medicine mds and therapists who specialize in addiction recovery. ...Read more

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What symptom of addiction is characterized by excessive preoccupation with the behavior?

That IS one of: the symptoms of addiction. Among others is a compulsion to act on the addictive urge(s). Then there are the consequences, which vary depending upon what type of addiction (gambling, alcohol, sex, internet, food and drugs are the big six). Look for triggers and cues to set up the addictive reflex (the automatic urge to act out). Go to an addictionologist or psychologist. ...Read more

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Is this video game addiction unhealthy behavior or good training for future air force careers?

Is this video game addiction unhealthy behavior or good training for future air force careers?

Yes: All addiction is unhealthy; however, spending a lot of time playing video games is not neccesarily bad unless it is leading to predictably negative consequences in your life.. A former patient of mine who spent a lot of time on games, got a job working for a games development company getting the kinks out. If there are negative consequences, counseling may be appropriate. ...Read more

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