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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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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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Are amphetamines addictive?

Are amphetamines addictive?

Yes: And they can have serious, life-threatening side effects. They should only be used under the supervision of a doctor. If you feel you are addicted, you should get help right away. ...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

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Are ecigs addictive?

Are ecigs addictive?

No doubt : Do not be fulled. This is the fastest running fad in 2013. Nicotine is nicotine no matter how you once gets exposed to it. E-cigs are not only addictive, but also harmful. ...Read more

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Is caffeine addictive?

Is caffeine addictive?

Caffeine: Yes in the sense that people do suffer mild withdrawal when they discontinue, particularly headaches.Best. ...Read more

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What are highly addictive opiates?

What are highly addictive opiates?

All of them.: Any opiate may become the object of addiction. Some of the opiates are very potent, such as fentanyl, but the potency only affects the dose required for intoxication, and not the potential for addiction. ...Read more

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Do people recreationally abuse propoxyphene?

Do people recreationally abuse propoxyphene?

Of course...: Anything that can cause a mental “change in state”, will be used or abused by someone to achieve a brain change. Some substances, like alcohol, cause a reliable change in state that is similar from person to person. Other substances, like propoxyphene, produced a more unreliable change & only at higher, more dangerous doses. Also, it's not available in usa anymore. ...Read more

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What makes antidepressants controlled substances?

What makes antidepressants controlled substances?

Nothing.: There are no antidepressants that are controlled substances. Perhaps someone has told you that benzodiazepines such as Alprazolam or Clonazepam are antidepressants. Nothing could be further from the truth, as they can lead to depression if improperly used. There are a lot of uninformed people out there. ...Read more

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Is methylphenidate addictive?

Yes: Methylphenidate is a common medicine used for the treatment of add and adhd. Used appropriately and under the watchful eye of a physician, the medication is very effective. However, this medication, like many others in its class, can be addictive if not used appropriately. The addiction is both physiologic and psychologic. ...Read more

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Is carisoprodol addictive?

Is carisoprodol addictive?

Yes: This chemical converts into a chemical known as meprobamate, which is addictive.We could have a long discussion as to addiction vs habituation but bottom line is: avoid long term use if possible. ...Read more

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Is coffee addictive?

Is coffee addictive?

Caffeine: Most scientists would consider coffee addictive although it has many benefits when consumed in reasonable quantities. My best. ...Read more

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Which drugs contain amphetamine?

Which drugs contain amphetamine?

There are many: In the US, mixed amphetamine salts (adderal/generics), as well as dextroamphetamine (dexedrine) and methamphetamine (desoxyn) are available medically for conditions where stimulants are indicated - ADHD, narcolepsy, weight loss and depression. Lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse) is a pro-drug, used for ADHD that is metabolized into amphetamine. Other drugs have similar structure-decongestants, bupropion. ...Read more

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Who coined the term substance abuse (ie, alcoholism, legal and illegal drug abuse, etc.)?

Who coined the term substance abuse (ie, alcoholism, legal and illegal drug abuse, etc.)?

Not clear: The term alcoholism was originally coined in 1849 by magnus huss. Untill the 1940s it referred primarily to the physical consequences of long-term heavy drinking. I am not sure about the term substance abuse. ...Read more

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Is smoking cigars addictive?

Is smoking cigars addictive?

Yes: the smoking ritual itself, whether cigarettes, pipes or tobacco produces a psychological dependency, and the nicotine is absorbed through the mucous membranes of the mouth even in those who don't inhale. In addition, it is highly associated with head and neck cancer (mouth, tongue, throat etc), with higher amounts of cancer-causing tars than cigarettes have. ...Read more

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How dangerous are nicotine free electronic cigarretes/vapers compounds?

How dangerous are nicotine free electronic cigarretes/vapers compounds?

Unclear: Certainly, on balance, it is likely that e-cigs are safer than smoking tobacco in whatever form (pipes, cigars, cigarettes), and without the nicotine there is no longer a substance which causes both the physical dependency and the cardiovascular problems. However, there is usually a vehicle in the e-cig such as propylene glycol, and the safety of this when smoked is unknown. Ditto for additives. ...Read more

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Is oxycontin addictive?

Oxycontin: Absolutely. There is no question....It is possible, even easy to get addicted to oxycontin. These drugs are intended for short term use because of their addictive qualities. ...Read more

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Are migraine medications addictive?

Are migraine medications addictive?

None: Pharmacologic management for migraine involves abortive therapy for the acute, occasional migraine attack, and prophylactic therapy for the more chronic and disabling attacks. None of the medications are addictive. ...Read more

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Is gabapentin addictive drug?

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Is gabapentin addictive drug?

Neurontin (gabapentin): No, but sudden discontinuation is not advised. ...Read more

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