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What are the medical criteria for an addiction?

What are the medical criteria for an addiction?

DependenceWithdrawal: The hallmarks of physical addiction = (1) physical "dependence" - user experiences withrawal symptoms if stops using/taking it (happens w/many substances, incl meds 4 high blood pressure); & (2) "tolerance" -over time, user requires higher & higher amounts of the substance 2 get same effect. User experiences cravings in relation to cues that become associated w/substance -time of day, place, etc. ...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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What is the medical definition of an addiction versus a habit?

What is the medical definition of an addiction versus a habit?

Addiction: By definition being addicted to a medication or other substance, like alcohol or drugs, means that you have either developed tolerance or withdrawals to it. tolerance means that you need more of the substance to get the same effect. Withdrawal means that if you stop the substance you have physical symptoms that may be life threatening. ...Read more

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Is sex addiction a really medical condition?

Is sex addiction a really medical condition?

Yes and no: yes - sex addiction had same neural pathways as other addictions which are characterized/defined as "brain diseases" therefore a medical condition. No - many professionals and lay persons don't recognize sex addiction as medical but rather a moral, emotional, behavioral and/or psychological problems that can be corrected. Sex Addiction is serious condition w/devastating far-reaching consequences. ...Read more

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What is the medical definition of addiction versus dependence?

What is the medical definition of addiction versus dependence?

Addiction/Dependence: Addiction is persistent engagement in rewarding behavior inspite of consequences. Dependence is continued use to avoid withdrawal. ...Read more

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Need medical advice for severe case of internet addiction?

Need medical advice for severe case of internet addiction?

Internet addiction: Keep in mind addictions serve the function of taking you away from important aspects of your life you probably don't feel successful at managing. It is a way of taking a mental vacation from the real problems in life. If this persists consult a mental health professional who can help you deal with your addiction and also help you uncover the real concerns in your life. Best. ...Read more

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How can i make sure that my son is at the begining of drug addiction without he get's aware,any medical tests?or somehow at home?

How can i make sure  that my son is at the begining of drug addiction  without  he get's aware,any medical tests?or somehow at home?

Be careful: I'm really urging you NOT to try to find out w/out his knowing. It can appear to put you in the wrong and perhaps still not give you a solid course of action anyway. If you can't mention your concern in the safety of another's presence (or alone) then that in itself is a problem. 'Beginning' is better than 'late', but it doesn't matter. You can't do this alone. Time for real professional help. ...Read more

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What to do if I'm having this effect. ---------- would a medical professional or addiction specialist offer me some advice?

Adv: Scherzoh, we Physicians do not advice people. That is done by your Parents, by your clergy and the like. We listen to your complaints conduct Physical examination, order some tests and tell you what the ailment is and Recommend Treatment. You may accept it, You may not want to accept it, you may opt for second opinion.....but you will receive Recommendation, NOT Advice , Huge difference. ...Read more

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By all means not attacking, but why so against the use of medical marijuana vs opiates, which could lead to harsh addiction etc? I would like a 2nd op

By all means not attacking, but why so against the use of medical marijuana vs opiates, which could lead to harsh addiction etc? I would like a 2nd op

I am an : Anesthesiologist and I am not against the control use of medical marijuana. My problem is that m is the 3rd most popular recreational drug in usa. And many teenager are using a non medical strain that is, in my opinion, damaging their brains. Everything in excess is no good. Please watch dr sanjay gupta report at cnn press room. ...Read more

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