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Can A Person Be Too Young To Have Problems With Drug Addiction And Alcoholism
Early Alcoholism: Definitely not. In fact, the younger one begins drinking, the worse his/her prognosis is for later alcoholism and recovery. Part of the concern is that younger drinkers' (i.e. - preteens or adolescents) brain development is stunted by substance use. A second concern is that young people who abuse alcohol learn to depend on it in social situations, etc. That they are still learning to navigate. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
The drug used: Alcoholism is a layman's term which is commonly given to persons addicted to alcohol. The term drug addition is used for any addiction to a drug which is not alcohol. In medical practice, we usually name the specific drug the person is addicted to in our record. The treatments are all similar, except for the detoxification phase were the specific drug makes a significant difference. ...Read more
Habituation: In any physical dependence the body adapts and the withdrawal symptoms are the body responding to the lack of the substance. Because addictions cause changes in neurotransmission they are difficult to treat and require enough time for the body to adjust to being "clean.". ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Prone to drugs?: The same gene makes you prone to both drugs and alcohol. Kids of alcoholic, even if they do not become alcoholic, has the same gene their parents have, and can digest massive amount of booze while their friends can only take a limited amount. Cannot be alcoholic if no posession of genes that allow presence of massive amount of enzymes to digest big quantity of alcohol. Same with drugs! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Related but no cause: Tobacco & alcohol r both addictive. Many people w/ alcohol dependence also smoke tobacco & r addicted. However, it is a stretch to say that tobacco use "causes" alcohol addiction. Smoking cessation classes r a form of substance abuse treatment. If u r alcohol dependent it's important to be assessed to see if u need detox meds to avoid dangerous withdrawal symptoms. Aa & treatmt r also very helpful. ...Read more
Too broad a question: especially in 400 characters. Please ask your question again in terms of what YOUR concerns are. You could be asking about drugs and society, the increase in prescription drug abuse, the use of synthetic marijuana (spice/k2) and stimulants (bath salts), the increase in heroin, or about alcohol and tobacco, which are our two most harmful drugs. If you asking about yourself, be specific. ...Read more
Alcoholism, also known as alcohol use disorder, is an addiction characterized by increased cravings, consumption, and failed efforts to limit intake of alcohol. As the disease progresses, alcoholics develop increased tolerance and have withdrawal symptoms when they try to stop drinking. They continue to increase the amounts and frequency of alcohol consumption despite exposure to harmful situations, failure to perform daily obligations, and difficulty maintaining relationships. The denial, or inability of the alcoholic to see or admit that their drinking is causing havoc in their lives often makes treatment difficult without the ...Read more
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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