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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 gambling addiction a real addiction (like heroin)?

Is gambling addiction a real addiction (like heroin)?

Yes: If by "real addiction" you mean "very hard to stop" and "can actually get physical symptoms when you try to stop", then indeed it is. The physical symptoms are milder but the craving is as real, and the risk of suicide is far greater. Don't look down on a compulsive gambler as weak; it's a strange combination of brain chemicals, and may respond to medication and/or wise talk. ...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 to quit a gambling addiction?

How to quit a gambling addiction?

Gambling addiction: Treatment is available. Options include gamblers anonymous meetings and/or psychological or psychiatric treatments. ...Read more

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I'm addicted to gambling but still play poker. Is poker really gambling or is it a skill game?

Most gamble someskil: It is a skill game but still can loose money so set boundaries and play with caution. ...Read more

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Could you be addicted to music, like actually addiction, like video game addiction?

Could you be addicted to music, like actually addiction, like video game addiction?

Why not: As in "high" off of music? Enjoy! it only becomes an addiction when it interferes with normal living such as sleep, relationships and work. If that's the case seek counseling. ...Read more

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Is internet addiction as bad addiction to television?

Addiction= disease: Neither are bad, they are both diseases. The principles of recovery are the same for both. Consider finding a mutual support group for either addiction. ...Read more

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Does porn addiction hit the same brain area as nicotine or alcohol addiction?

Does porn addiction hit the same brain area as nicotine or alcohol addiction?

Yes: The brain is very complicated so that there is usually a circuit of several areas affecting a function. Addictions in general are believed to energize the 'reward circuit' involving an area called the nucleus accumbens communicating with several other areas with the neurotransmitter Dopamine being a primary activator. Wikipedia has a good summary and links under 'brain reward center'. ...Read more

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What's substance dependence vs addiction?

What's substance dependence vs addiction?

Addiction vs.: Dependence. Some drugs have effects on the body that the body becomes used to. This is dependence. If the drug is suddenly withdrawn, the patient will experience a withdrawal syndrome untill the body readjusts. Addiction is an uncontrollable, compulsive need for and use of a substance despite negative consequences (deteriorating health, memory, loss of relationships, legal problems, etc.). ...Read more

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How can straterra curb a crack addicts cravings?

How can straterra curb a crack addicts cravings?

I would disagree: Straterra is supposed to be non-addicting and an alternative to amphetamines. To use it to curb amphetamine addiction seems like a very inappropriate method. However, it may be worth a try. The more important approach would be to admit addiction and wean off crack in a controlled manner. ...Read more

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How does an addict overcome meth addiction?

How does an addict overcome meth addiction?

Seek support: Treatment for amphetamine addiction involves rehab counseling that can either be done on an outpatient basis or residential treatment (or inpatient) depending on the severity. Sometimes there are other psychiatric disorders that are co-occurring with the addiction and thus it is good to have an evaluation to see if other treatments for other disorders are necessary. ...Read more

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Mother with a gambling addiction. How to stop it?

Mother with a gambling addiction. How to stop it?

You can't.: Only your mom can get the help she needs. But you could check out a gambler's anonymous meeting and offer to go with her. And, you could offer to go to an addiction psychiatrist with her for her first visit. ...Read more

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What is worse a coke addiction or oxycodone addiction?

What is worse a coke addiction or oxycodone addiction?

Both are bad: Cocaine is more likely to lead to stroke and cardiovascular issues, where as oxycodone is more likely to lead to respiratory depression. Both are bad and i would not trade one for the other. Seek professional help to break free of each. ...Read more

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Emotionally disturbed addict. I'm a recovering alcohol, crack, heroin and Valium addict, how to cope?

Emotionally disturbed addict. I'm a recovering alcohol, crack, heroin and Valium addict, how to cope?

You need support: Few people, if anyone, can recover all on their own. There are self-help groups like aa/na and others, formal therapy groups that use cognitive behavioral therapy, individual psychotherapies and family/couples therapies. Work on improving health with diet and exercise, and develop other fulfilling activities and hobbies, religious and/or meditative practices. Treat underlying psychiatric problem. ...Read more

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If someone was trying to quit an addiction to methamphetamine would prescribing phentermine help them. Sorta like oxey cottons help hurroin addicts?

NO to rare : Methamphetamine addiction should not be treated by substitution with Phentermine or other CNS stimulants. In certain circumstances and refractory cases the addiction specialist may have to employ the harm reduction model and do what he or she feels is best for all. This approach should not be the norm, rare, and only considered on a case by case basis. ...Read more

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Why is a methadone addiction better than a heroine addiction?

Why is a methadone addiction better than a heroine addiction?

It's legal: Heroine is an illegal drug and unregulated. You'll not know what you are really getting. With methadone, you know you are using it under the guidance of a specialist dealing with the addicted patient, and you are under medical supervision. ...Read more

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What to do if i'm falling into a prescription drug abuse addiction?

What to do if i'm falling into a prescription drug abuse addiction?

Talk to your doctor: Talk to the doctor who prescribes the medication and ask for a plan. The plan should involve tapering off the narcotic medication while addressing your pain with other non-addictive meds and alternative health ways of dealing with pain. Do it now before it gets worse! ...Read more

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Is this video game addiction unhealthy behavior or good training for future air force careers?

Is this video game addiction unhealthy behavior or good training for future air force careers?

Yes: All addiction is unhealthy; however, spending a lot of time playing video games is not neccesarily bad unless it is leading to predictably negative consequences in your life.. A former patient of mine who spent a lot of time on games, got a job working for a games development company getting the kinks out. If there are negative consequences, counseling may be appropriate. ...Read more

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Does a physical addiction like gambling affect the body the way meth addiction does?

Does a physical addiction like gambling affect the body the way meth addiction does?

Similar: Most addictions seem to affect similar brain pathways connected to the neurotransmitter Dopamine linked to pleasure. Some agents, like methamphetamine , have especially powerful effects. ...Read more

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How to defeat gambling addiction?

No fast fix: My colleague's advice to attend a 12 step group is very good. Your physician can offer medication that in low doses may abolish the craving. I would also urge you to think of the people who love you, and who you love. Compulsive gambling is one of the most common factors leading to suicide. Think of how much you have to live for. Let love give you strength to do what you must in overcoming this. ...Read more

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