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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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How can I find a medical doctor to assist my wife in getting off of fioricet (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine)? Our rural area does not have addiction services

How can I find a medical doctor to assist my wife in getting off of fioricet (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine)?  Our rural area does not have addiction services

Addiction Medicine: There may be a physician trained in addiction medicine in your vicinity, even if there are no inpatient programs nearby. You can check the american society for addiction medicine web site's "find a physician" search engine: http://community.Asam.Org/search/default.Asp?M=basic some of these physicians are psychiatrists, but other backgrounds are there also. ...Read more

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What causes addiction?

What causes addiction?

"Liking": Liking something whether it be a substance or activity to the point where there is a preoccupation resulting in harm.. Probably has to do with Dopamine in the brain which some people get more of a boost from than others. This is heavily genetically influenced. Some substances have such a profound effect that they tend to be more "addictive" than others-like smoked methamphetamine or nicotine. ...Read more

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Is addiction a disease?

Is addiction a disease?

Yes.: Addiction is a family disease, affecting the person who is using and all of the people who are close to the one who is using. ...Read more

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Is addiction hereditary?

Is addiction hereditary?

Yes: About 50 percent of addiction is attributred to heredity. For some indivuduals this may be a higher percentage for others that develop addiction it may be lower. Usually heredity must cross with life circumstances, trauma, high stress, lack of coping skills, . Or even exposure to high amounts of a substance over time will change brain 'chemistry' and increase risk of addiction independent of genes. ...Read more

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Can I cure my addiction?

Can I cure my addiction?

Yes: Yes you can - need a support system to deal with stress management and coping - being clean is only half the battle developing healthy stress management will be the key of being drug free. ...Read more

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How can I stop addiction?

How can I stop addiction?

Recovery program: For any addiction, you need help from your physician, often also an addiction medicine doctor, and a support group that works with the substance or behavior you're using addictively. If the addiction medicine doctor is not a psychiatrist, you also need a psychiatric evaluation so that any conditions complicating your recovery can be treated. Bottom line: don't do it alone, and you don't have to! ...Read more

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How do I cure tv addiction?

How do I cure tv addiction?

Let's treat cause: An evaluation by a well trained psychiatrist should clarify the depth, strength, causative factor(s) involved. An addiction similar to opiates or ''speed'' is unlikely. I suspect anxiety of a general to specific nature or a difficulty related to depression or compulsive behavior is more likely. All these are easier to treat than chemical addictions. ...Read more

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How is addiction a disease?

How is addiction a disease?

Impossible: To teach all here . With substance abuse, your brain cells change. Stop the substance and you get very sick, and some, can die. Example: alcohol wd (withdrawal), and benzo (valium like drugs)wd both can kill you. Its why jails are not allowed to keep these addicts but must admit to hosptal for safe detox, then jail. The body, esp brain cells change in an addict. Requires treatment. Google abam. ...Read more

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What causes food addiction?

What causes food addiction?

Like other addict.: Latest research suggests that the underlying mechanisms of food addiction are likely similar to other substances like drugs& alcohol. Especially rich sugary foods can cause spikes in dopamine which is very reinforcing to the body and leads to seeking out more of the food to get that boost again. ...Read more