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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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How much of a role does drug abuse in pregnancy play in adult addiction in baby later?

How much of a role does drug abuse in pregnancy play in adult addiction in baby later?

Family disease: Addiction is a family disease; it may be passed biologically, emotionally and psychologically from parents (or grandparents) to children. ...Read more

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Where can I talk to someone about recovering from drug addiction?

Where can I talk to someone about recovering from drug addiction?

Support & treatment: Detox is only the start. Addiction is a disease of disconnection, & recovery is feeling connected w others & knowing that yr life has meaning. What i see as the 3 "active ingredients" in successful recovery r 1)support from others who r succeeding @staying sober, 2) working on personal growth, & 3) improving yr spiritual/emotional groundedness. Treatment & support groups will help you get there. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if I have been in recovery from prescription drug addiction. Since october 1 2013?

What do you suggest if I have been in recovery from prescription drug addiction. Since october 1 2013?

Continuing recovery: Many people feel that recovery, like addiction, is an ongoing process and you need to stay in a supportive environment. Self-help programs, whether 12-step (AA, NA), or others - SMART Recovery, LifeRing Secular Recovery, Women for Sobriety - are widely available, and there are also professionally run support groups in many treatment centers and community mental health programs. Get solid support. ...Read more

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My family want me to be admitted for drug addiction. Would/should I go to inpatient psych ward or residential rehab?

Likely: If this is truly for mainly drug addiction, you'd unlikely be admitted to an inpatient hospital psychiatric unit, as these are more so focused on addressing acute psychiatric illnesses like life threatening depression or destabilized bipolar disease. If you have an associated psychiatric illness, you may seek out dual diagnosis programs, in addition to inpatient vs intensive day addiction program ...Read more

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Where should I send a friend with a bad drug addiction?

Where should I send a friend with a bad drug addiction?

12 Step Programs: "you can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink." your friend may or may not accept 12 step help through a program like narcotics anonymous. However you could learn how to deal with friendship with a friend who is an addict through alanon for narcotics. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how could i help my sister with drug addiction?

Can you tell me how could i help my sister with drug addiction?

Not easy: Most people don't stop an addiction, whether cigarettes or heroin, because people tell them to. Sometimes family members may actually, without even knowing it, be "enabling" addiction, and changes in their own behavior can help push the individual into getting help. You and others in family could attend alanon or naranon and learn about the family issues involved, and your own way to "recovery.". ...Read more

Dr. Vasu Brown
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Substance Abuse (Definition)

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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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more