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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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I have a problem with eating starchy things first i had an addiction with baby powder then rice now corn starch what could be wrong?

I have a problem with eating starchy things first i had an addiction with baby powder then rice now corn starch what could be wrong?

Pica (adult): This is more often seen in children, but it's not too different. Have a very thorough set of lab work to determine deficiencies to address. Also, specialist psychologists can help break the attractions with behavior mod, hypnosis, etc. But there may be a nutrient you crave. It can take time, but it can be good to take corrective action. Best! ...Read more

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How do I get rid of my addiction of eating baby powder?

PICA?: Hello, you may have pica. First i would see your physician to rule out any nutritional defiencies. If that is not the issue than you may benefit from cognitive behavioral therapy or possibly even psychotropic medication. Take care. ...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 can you do to stop an addiction?

What can you do to stop an addiction?

Delay gratification: If addiction is continuing something despite harmful effects on self/loved ones (eg food, substances, games, etc...), there is conflict b/w short term pleasure vs what we care about long term. Motivation to delay gratification through cravings over and over may come from focus on why we want to stop, and understanding that each time we give in to a craving we get farther from what we really want. ...Read more

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Will letting my kid experiment with drugs under our supervision be a good way to fend off addiction?

Will letting my kid experiment with drugs under our supervision be a good way to fend off addiction?

Absolutely not: I can't give a categorical no strong enough. First, exposure to the drug is often what leads to the addiction in the first place. They may do some with you, but also some elsewhere, and it doesn't take much to become addicted. Second, it's giving your approval that this is ok. That's a big line to cross over. And third, it's illegal, and can get you all arrested. ...Read more

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What causes addiction to buying lottery tickets?

Gambler's fallacy: The "gambler's fallacy" is the belief that "this time i'll win it big." for some folks, this is an irresistable urge that drives them to spend all of their money, whether it be on lotto tickets, at the craps table, slot machines or on sporting events. Groups like celebrate recovery and gambler's anonymous are very important to overcoming this. If this is you, seek help and support today. ...Read more

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How do I cure my addiction to watching shows like seinfeld?

How do I cure my addiction to watching shows like seinfeld?

Alternatives: Maybe it would help if you found more intriguing activities in your day-to-day life -- make some friends you enjoy as much or more than jerry, elaine, george, and kramer. They're fun and funny, but no substitute for real life. Be well. ...Read more

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Where do I go for help with my addiction?

Where do I go for help with my addiction?

Many Options: To Help Treat Addictive Disorders: Community Supports (Recovery Centers or 12-Step Meetings), Individual Counselor or Agencies Licensed in Addictions Counseling, Psychologist/Psychiatrist, Individual and/or Group Psychotherapy, Intensive Outpatient Programs (Eve/Day), Inpatient/Residential Treatment (14-30+ days), Hospital Detox. Any combination of these. Help is available - addiction is treatable ...Read more

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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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