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Can My Addictions To Drugs Make Me Sterile
Perhaps: Opioid drugs lower testosterone in men and interfere with the menstrual cycle in females; both can contribute to infertility. Thc also reduces testosterone and sperm counts but I am unaware if it will lead to menstrual problems without other co-occurring medical diseases. Use of stimulant drugs and/or alcohol may lead to malnutrition which may reduce fertility as well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
No: To assess addiction, whether it's behavior or a substance we need to know how the addiction interfering with your life, whether you spend most of the day involved in addictive behavior. Any of these can lead to the loss of job, family, life-savings. Asking what is better, behavioral addiction or drug addictions is like asking what is better, prescription drug addiction or illegal drug addiction. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Let's clarify this: Neither Methadone or buphrenorpine "treat" addiction. They are fda approved to maintain addictions. That's it. In other words, to keep you from withdrawing. Treatment of addiction to opiates requires: commitment, help and a plan. Once you get these 3 things, stick to the plan. Period. In life there are a lot of things that are simple but not easy. This is a great example of "simple, not easy". ...Read more
Brain development: Because adolescent's brains are still developing, they are more prone to becoming addicted. ...Read more
Do you know any social services that give help to teenagers who are recovering from drug addictions?
25% or our youth ---: I am sorry to say that i know of no companies. Hazeldon treatment center in minnesota, and elsewhere, has a sliding scale for patients who cannot afford full price or do not have health insurance. Most big health insurers cover addiction treatment. For free resources to treat addiction try aa, and na, as well as nami (national alliance on mental illness). For funding try gofundme.Com. ...Read more
Can you tell me how to get over my addiction of overdosing myself with prescribed drugs whenever I am upset or angry?
Analysis: Self destructive behavior suggests an inward hated or anger. Trying to understand the cause of that anger or Unforgiveness of self requires contemplation and insight, which may need some guidance from a therapist or psychologist. Opening up your thoughts and feelings to a trained therapist, can lead to a road of recovery. ...Read more
I'm worried because my daughter (and only child) 32yrs sick with a bad drug/alcohal addiction for the past 3nd1/2 yrs and, what do you suggest?
Alcoholism: Alcohol/drug abuse is a very challenging illness -- not only because it is deadly, but also because the ill person may not be interested in change. Desire for drugs can eclipse everything else in life. Your first step could be attending alanon, which educates ; supports family members. Trained interventionists can also help families intervene with their loved ones so that they accept help. ...Read more
I went to see my aunt today so wonderin what alcohol/drugs cause squirmin n lot more gigglin to she has history of alcohol n dtug addiction please hel?
Could be anything: Getting "high" usually includes a sense of euphoria and decreased inhibition. The symptoms you describe could be from abuse of almost anything or even represent an underlying medical or psychological condition. Have you talked to her about getting help? Also, not to be judgemental, but i hope you are not on all 3 of the medications on your profile at the same time. Opiates can be addictive. ...Read more
Some cultures use drugs for centuries (like khat) is "addiction" just a modern phenomenon? Can addictive substances be used safely in other cultures?
Universal: Addiction occurs in every culture and every country. There is no safe place to use addictive substances. If you have a genetic predisposition to addiction, refrain completely. Remember, "No matter where you go, there you are." the image here is khat teeth. A detailed review of consequences of KHAT is available here http://apt.rcpsych.org/content/9/6/456.full ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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