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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 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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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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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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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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How are alcoholism and drug addiction different?

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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Can you please explain why alcoholism is different than a smoking addiction?

Can you please explain why alcoholism is different than a smoking addiction?

Different yet same: The receptors through which they initially act are all different, due to which withdrawal symptoms are different. However, final common pathway for addiction is the same and goes through a common reward pathway in the brain. ...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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What are the various forms of an eating disorder? How many different kinds are there?

What are the various forms of an eating disorder?  How many different kinds are there?

Three main types: Anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder. Also eating disorder not otherwise specified. ...Read more