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Some cultures use drugs for centuries (like khat) is "addiction" just a modern phenomenon? Can addictive substances be used safely in other cultures?

Some cultures use drugs for centuries (like khat) is "addiction" just a modern phenomenon?  Can addictive substances be used safely in other cultures?

Universal: Addiction occurs in every culture and every country. There is no safe place to use addictive substances. If you have a genetic predisposition to addiction, refrain completely. Remember, "No matter where you go, there you are." the image here is khat teeth. A detailed review of consequences of KHAT is available here http://apt.rcpsych.org/content/9/6/456.full ...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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Which type of a person intentionally starts using a known addictive, carcinogenic substance like tobacco?

Which type of a person intentionally starts using a known addictive, carcinogenic substance like tobacco?

Well, at one time: About half the population of the us did, which includes an awful lot of "types" of people. People start smoking generally when they are in their early teens, when they believe they are immortal and invincible, and nothing can hurt them. They also do it to irritate their parents and be closer to "cool" peers. By the time they are addicted to nicotine, withdrawal makes it hard to stop. ...Read more

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I'm very sensitive and emotional. I also feel I have an addictive personality to substances, or perhaps it could be an oral fixation?

I'm very sensitive and emotional. I also feel I have an addictive personality to substances, or perhaps it could be an oral fixation?

Beats me: An answer to your question requires a full medical and psychiatric history, and lots of questions about your growing up, your experiences, your reactions to those experiences. These questions need a therapist who spends the time with you and gains enough of your trust to give you some answers. Freud's oral theories really arent believed anymore. No quick answer is gonna help you. Get a referral. ...Read more

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Which substances are addictive?

Which substances are addictive?

Great Question: How do I answer this question and it should be answered, not for substances only. The question has in fact evoked more questions in my mind when I think I have an answer From Nicotine to Caffeine From Alcohol to Heroin and in-betweens, From Eating disorders to Runners, From gambling to Promiscuity, all can be addictive. Its the pleasurable effect altering our mental state. No good answer. . ...Read more

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Is chocolate addictive?

Is chocolate addictive?

Dependence: If you have cravings for chocolate it does not mean you have dependence, because you can go through the day without it. You also unlikely to have withdrawal symptoms. All good things are addictive in some sense. ...Read more

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Can 5http be addictive?

Basically No: Substances that can be shown to be addictive iare associated with increases of Dopamine in the nucleus accumbens when consumed. I really doubt this is true with 5http. Most likely the 5http helps one feel less anxious and one can be "addicted" to feeling less anxious. ...Read more

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Are all drugs addictive?

Are all drugs addictive?

Addiction definition: People can become psychologically dependent on any drug – or anything else for that matter. This means that the person using drugs feels they cannot cope or face the world unless they are under the influence of drugs. In contrast people can only become physically dependent on certain drugs. Physical dependency results from the repeated, heavy use of drugs like heroin, tranquillisers and alcohol. ...Read more

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Are some foods are addictive?

Are some foods are addictive?

Probably none: Addiction refers to chemicals which fit into certain brain receptors causing symptoms when not taken. Food can be habit forming, tasty and sought over and over. But there is no withdrawal pattern and craving is not considered a withdrawal pattern. So you can eat any foods without fear of addiction. ...Read more

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What in soda is so addictive?

What in soda is so addictive?

Sweetness: In most sodas the sweetness is sugar and /or corn syrup. Some have artificial sweetners. We are genetically programmed to seek out sweet things for eating and drinking. It is more of a craving than an addiction. ...Read more

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What substances can trigger addictive cravings?

What substances can trigger addictive cravings?

Triggers: The most common is sugar or sweet food or drinks. Marijuana will increase hunger a cravings for many. ...Read more