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What causes drug addiction?

What causes drug addiction?

Socio economics: There are multiple factors, socio economics, exposure and culture, life style, upbringing and access to addictive substances. ...Read more

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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 there an age in which drug addiction will cause the most problems?

Is there an age in which drug addiction will cause the most problems?

<25 years: We haven't found any statistically significant way to predict a person's success in recovery from addiction, although certain activities seem to increase your odds at any age: things like compliance with medications, having a support group, avoiding triggers, etc. Generally, addiction that occurs before the brain is fully developed (age 22 in women, 25 in men) tends to have a worse prognosis. ...Read more

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What are the physical effects of drug addiction?

What are the physical effects of drug addiction?

Depends on the drug: Alcohol tends to affect every organ system. Narcotics tend to affect the brain (pain pathways) more. Stimulants such as Cocaine and amphetamines can affect the heart, brain, and circulation. ...Read more

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What side effects of drug addiction?

Drug addiction: Depends on the drug used. In general, effects are biological such as physical symptoms, psychological such as cravings, and social such as loss of finances or job or family due to alienation. ...Read more

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What are the biochemical effects of drug addiction on brain?

What are the biochemical effects of drug addiction on brain?

Affects judgement: Addiction to stimulants "is often linked to excessive risk taking, sensation seeking, and impulsivity, but in ways that are poorly understood, " write dalley and colleagues. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of american injection made for drug addiction?

What are the side effects of american injection made for drug addiction?

VIVITROL?????: It's not an "american" injection, but I am assuming you mean vivitrol, an injectable form of Naltrexone given intramuscularly, which was approved for alcoholism many years ago, and more recently approved for opiate abuse. It can cause local injection reactions, including serious infections and some pain, but these are rare. There may be increased depression, in some cases severe, but also are rare. ...Read more

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How do I stop drug addiction?

Glutamine daily: Take glutamine 2 gm each time you have cravings join support group - it takes effort but you need support system like a 12 step sponsor. ...Read more

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Is drug addiction chronical disease?

Yes: The addictions cross each other. If you stop drinking alcohol and start using pills you are still at the same spot. And it may not be drugs alone ...Gambling, food, sex, porn...And so forth may replace your drug of choice...But, in the end, however you slice it... You stand at the same, spot....Alone, miserable, disoriented...And once in a while thinking, where... Did all friends and loved one disappear.. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Vasu Brown
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Drug Addiction (Definition)

Drug addiction is a dangerous condition where people are addicted to, or dependent on, illicit or other ...Read more