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Are various races and nationalities effected by differently by addiction?

Are various races and nationalities effected by differently by addiction?

Short answer - no!: addiction does not discriminate. However, there are physical differences such as alcohol dehydrogenase (enzyme that breaks down alcohol) between certain races that some say either protect or make one more vulnerable to addiction. There are also significant socio-cultural/racial differences that may protect against addictive disorders. ...Read more

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Dr. Vasu Brown
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Addiction (Definition)

Addiction is a condition in which a person has a strong, persistent physical and psychological need for a habit-forming substance (such as alcohol, cigarettes, or cocaine) or an activity (such as gambling). The person usually suffers physical or psychological withdrawal symptoms if he is unable to continue getting what ...Read more


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In what ways does addiction affect men and women differently?

In what ways does addiction affect men and women differently?

Various ways: Sophisticated imaging studies of addicts in recovery showed gender differences in cues which may lead to relapse. For alcohol, women are more sensitive to harmful physical effects. They experience health complications at a younger age than men. Some addiction professionals describe a telescoping course of complications in female alcoholics. ...Read more

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Are certain races more likely to suffer from addiction?

Are certain races more likely to suffer from addiction?

Race and drugs 2012: Among non-hispanic whites, alcohol (44 percent) was followed by opiates (19 percent), marijuana (13 percent), Cocaine (10 percent), and stimulants (9 percent). Among non-hispanic blacks, alcohol (32 percent) was followed by Cocaine (26 percent), marijuana (22 percent), opiates (15 percent), and stimulants (1 percent).This data is based on samsha data 1997 to 2007. ...Read more

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Is computer game addiction different from video game addiction, online addiction, or internet addiction?

Is computer game addiction different from video game addiction, online addiction, or internet addiction?

All the same: Addiction to anything means that you are not getting the most out of life and your relationships with family and friends. Limit your time on these things and make your life and relationships your priorty. On your deathbed you will remember the people in your life; not the hours you spent playing world of warcraft. ...Read more

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How are alcoholism and drug addiction different?

They are not: The main difference is that alcohol is legal and easier to get. Because it is legal and socially tolerated, alcohol can be abused longer before accumulating the consequences associated with addiction to illegal drugs. There appears to be a link between alcoholism and opioid addiction; one of the drugs used to reduce alcohol cravings blocks opioid receptors. ...Read more

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I live just over the border in Vancouver BC. However my father is American & lives there. I know Canada & the United States offer different treatment options in some areas. So my question is about Opiate Addiction & what treatment options, new & old u can

I live just over the border in Vancouver BC. However my father is American & lives there. I know Canada & the United States offer different treatment options in some areas. So my question is about Opiate Addiction & what treatment options, new & old u can

Several: suboxone, methadone are substitutes. Long acting injectible blockers prevent getting high. Then, there's outpatient (suboxone/blockers). Specialized clinic (methadone) and inpatient and/or residential settings. and 12 step programs. You might want a directed question to me; I am board certified in addiction. ...Read more

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I am 29, have been used and abused (not sexually) by various different people through my life. Need health with mental instability issues?

I am 29, have been used and abused (not sexually) by various different people through my life. Need health with mental instability issues?

Getting good help: I agree w/dr. Friedlander about finding an experienced psychologist/other psychotherapist to help you work through your experiences. I don't know as much as he seems to about your circumstances, though. Psychotherapy starts with a thorough evaluation of your issues so that effective treatment & support can be provided. Get referrals from your doctor, http://www.Psychologytoday.Com/ , etc. ...Read more

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