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Are Some Of Us More Prone Than Others To Drug Addiction And Alcohol Dependence
Prone to drugs?: The same gene makes you prone to both drugs and alcohol. Kids of alcoholic, even if they do not become alcoholic, has the same gene their parents have, and can digest massive amount of booze while their friends can only take a limited amount. Cannot be alcoholic if no posession of genes that allow presence of massive amount of enzymes to digest big quantity of alcohol. Same with drugs! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
A Benzodiazepine: Prazepam marketed for anxiolytic use under various names: Centrac, Centrax, Demetrin, Lysanxia, Mono Demetrin, Pozapam, Prasepine, Prazene, Reapam and Trepidan. It is not more dangerous than other benzodiazepines. May be milder. Use only as prescribed: report any problems to prescriber. Patients should be advised against simultaneous ingestion of alcohol and other CNS-depressants. Best regards. ...Read more
Yes: Genetic/family and individual traits and factors make some people more prone to get addicted to particular substances. Get help with addictions. Call na/aa hotline or 1855detox-00 if you or someone you know needs help. Good luck. ...Read more
Unknown: The safety and hazards of e cigarettes are unknown at this time. E cigarettes are not regulated and contain additives that may or may not be harmful. ...Read more
Children with Fetal: Alcohol Spectrum Disorders have deficits in executive functions because alcohol targets & kills neurons in the fetal frontal cortex. Inability to understand cause-&-effect, learn from mistakes, control impulses & resist peer pressure ^ risk of alcoholism & substance abuse in teens with FASD separately from genetic loading for mental illness & addiction. See www. fasdcenter.samhsa.gov/Index.aspx ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
? Most addictive: Herion users are ones most likely to be involved in criminal activity. Also more likely to have abused their bodies more than other drug users and more likely to ignore impact of their drug abuse on family members, friends and work mates. ...Read more
I'm newly taking naltrexone, which reduces the nice feelings of drinking, but I crave alcohol more than ever. Are cravings likely to fade over time?
Habits are habits: Addictive behavior has common underpinnings despite the various chemicals, physical or mechanical, or ritualistic, behaviors may initiate them. Areas of the brain are involved similarly regardless of the addicting substance. Dopamine is a prime mediator of addiction. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Generally no: Alcohol is alcohol, and the same amount is present in a shot (1 1/2 oz) of 40% whiskey or other distilled spirits, 12 oz of beer or 5 oz of usual table wine. There are people who may be sensitive to the congeners in drinks, which give it color, taste, body etc, so a seizure may be more likely if they drink red wine than if they drink beer. Alcohol also interacts with drugs used to treat it. Dont. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Are people more likely to not start smoking because of their higher level of understanding about toxins?
Isn't addiction to the internet better than being addicted to substances such as drugs, alcohol or smoking ?
The good race, eh?: No addiction is good, nor is it appropriate to compare. Gaming addiction can lead to financial ruin, interpersonal catastrophe, loss of work, poor hygiene, felonious behavior, and the consequent social ills so associated. As can any addictive behavior. This sounds like a rationalization. If you have or suspect you have an addiction, it's best to seek medical help. See your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What are the various dangers a person can experience from tobacco (both cigarettes and cigars), alcohol, and drug abuse?
Substance abuse: The question cannot be answered in a short column other than to say, lung, oral, and bladder cancer, hepatitis, liver damage and cirrhosis, hiv, aids, and a myriad of other infections and illness. On top of these, a life of misery associated with these substances is often more intolerable than the "afflictions" themselves. ...Read more
Sleep paralysis: Yes. In fact there is thought to be a genetic predisposition to developing the disorder. Many people with sleep disorders do not have waking paralysis. Between ? and ½ of patients with narcolepsy also have sleep paralysis. The fragmentation of rem sleep for whatever reason leads to the disturbance. ...Read more
Substance abuse refers to a dependence on a harmful or addictive substance, most often drugs or alcohol. The substance is often used to suppress difficult feelings and results in impaired intimate and work relationships. Substance abuse is diagnosed by observing the pattern of use, looking for tolerance, and withdrawal upon halting the use of the substance. Recovery begins with the substance abuser admitting being out of control and ...Read more
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