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Narcotic (Definition)

A natural or synthetic alkaloid compound that has morphine-like qualities. Other examples are codeine, heroin, Meperidine (demerol). They are classified based on their intrinsic activity & where they interact in the central nervous system. They are involved in pain transmission ...Read more


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Why do people use chocolate when seeking drug or alcohol fix for addiction and alcoholism?

Why do people use chocolate when seeking drug or alcohol fix for addiction and alcoholism?

Feels good: There are substances in chocolate which actually can stimulate the pleasure centers in one's brain so a person feels better after eating chocolate. Everything in moderation is usually sound advice as far as chocolate is concerned. I love chocolate and always have, but i know i can't eat it all the time or too much or i'll become fat. ...Read more

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I am want to quit and reccover from crystal meth addiction and I cannot take methadone or for that matter most all pain med. Makes me sick, will this?

I  am want to quit and reccover from crystal meth addiction and I cannot take methadone or for that matter most all pain med. Makes me sick, will this?

Need inpatient rehab: I would not suggest the use of suboxone for meth addiction. It is really not for that. The use of something as addictive and dangerous as meth requires intensive and highly specialized treatment which is best given in an inpatient setting. ...Read more

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Is e-liquid for electronic cigarettes still bad for you if they don't have nicotine in them?

Is e-liquid for electronic cigarettes still bad for you if they don't have nicotine in them?

Yes: They have other chemicals in them that can be harmful to you and are not recommended and have not been studied. ...Read more

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I'm trying to quit smoking, but failed every time. The nicotine patches don't help. Should i be in counseling or some program?

I'm trying to quit smoking, but failed every time. The nicotine patches don't help. Should i be in counseling or some program?

Might help: Behavioral counseling has been shown to be effective in the treatment of smoking. It is also often covered by insurance and is typically brief in duration. Florida offers free programs including group settings; you can find them at www.Tobaccofreeflorida.Com. The first 3 days are the absolute worst and the first 3 weeks are the most critical. Maybe set your goal for 3 days to start. ...Read more

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Registered addiction specialist question - do they work only with drug addicts, or with others such as chocolate addicts?

Yes: I am an addiction psychiatrist and i work with people who are recovering from any addiction or compulsive behavior, as well as anyone who has a family member with an addiction or compulsive behavior. ...Read more

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I can't afford to attend counseling regularly and can't find support groups for eating disorders/anxiety/depressionin my area. Are there any other options?

I can't afford to attend counseling regularly and can't find support groups for eating disorders/anxiety/depressionin my area. Are there any other options?

Eating Disorders: This is a very good question. My initial response is to introduce to overeaters anonymous. Here you find a fellowship of others with the same brain as you and the stories that would keep you accountable to the group until you are able to do this just for yourself. In many urban areas there is generally a public health mental health system that may be a good way for you to access good care. ...Read more

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What are some recommended foods to eat when recovering from meth addiction?

What are some recommended foods to eat when recovering from meth addiction?

Healthy ones: If you're in recovery from meth, that is a hard road. You've used a lot of your resilience in your habit, and now need to build it up again. As many fresh fruits and vegetables as you can eat, leafy green salads, and lean meats like chicken and wild alaskan salmon would be good. The latter will help replenish your omega-3's to stabilize neuronal membranes. Whole foods that are not processed. ...Read more

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Benzo buddies says its protracted withdrawal and there are many who take years to get over benzo withdrawal,i hoped he could provide relief until then?

Benzo buddies says its protracted withdrawal and there are many who take years to get over benzo withdrawal,i hoped he could provide relief until then?

Benzo withdrawal: usually lasts for only a couple weeks. It is very similar to narcotic withdrawal. The best way to stop benzos is to be weaned off by someone trained in addiction medicine. It may take awhile, but is safer than just stopping. ...Read more

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Binge on tortilla chips, pastries, pie, and all kinds of junk food. How can I stop binging once and for all?

Binge on tortilla chips, pastries, pie, and all kinds of junk food. How can I stop binging once and for all?

Mutual Support: Try attending a meeting of Overeaters Anonymous, many patients find the support here helpful and life-changing. ...Read more

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Which hospitals do IV Lidocaine for migraines or chronic pain? Ive tried everything but this and only see Thomas Jefferson Headache and UCSF offering.

Which hospitals do IV Lidocaine for migraines or chronic pain? Ive tried everything but this and only see Thomas Jefferson Headache and UCSF offering.

Pick up your phone: There are big clinics elsewhere e.g. Ninan Mathew in Houston & at U. of Michigan. You'll have to do actual legwork. You don't state where you live. Get a map, circle a radius of e.g. 500 mi around your hometown, look for tertiary-care headache docs within the circle, & call 'em up & ask. If no luck, go out 1000 miles, & so on. But remember: giving IV lidocaine will be THEIR decision, not yours. ...Read more

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Why would drs.Perscribe methadone 4 drug addicts when they use it for chronic pain patients? Just another addiction 2 get addicted too!

Why would drs.Perscribe methadone 4 drug addicts when they use it for chronic pain patients? Just another addiction 2 get addicted too!

Because it is : Long acting drug , people can achieve a higher degree of stability. Supposedly, they would not or could not be stable without some medicine added from the outside. However, you are right, the physical dependence is maintained. Is that really important if a person is functioning better? ...Read more

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What are some alternative groups for addiction treatment (non aa) for alcohol?

What are some alternative groups for addiction treatment (non aa) for alcohol?

Rational Recovery: Rr is a alternative which is based more on cognitive therapy and is less spiritual. There are also psychotherapy programs and many religious based programs. However aa is by far the most accepted ...Read more

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Are pain management doctors held accountable if a patient becomes addicted to use of a drug?

Good question: Addiction is a psychological disorder and many patients who become addicted are predisposed to that state. Medications are take at their own risk. There should be an informed consent with a patient along with education prior to starting opioid therapy. Unfortunately many pain providers may not do this. No one has to take pain medications. These medications are taken electively. ...Read more

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Are physicians and psychiatrists aware of how much patients self meditate, swap meds with friends and drink alcohol? Since i got out of the air force I have watched fellow veterans and other people as well exchange medicines. Drink with the medicines and

Are physicians and psychiatrists aware of how much patients self meditate, swap meds with friends and drink alcohol? Since i got out of the air force I have watched fellow veterans and other people as well exchange medicines. Drink with the medicines and

Sometimes :-): No human can possibly know what others intend or are doing, unless the person tells it. Or, sometimes they may be seen by others who report it. I'm thinking you mean "self-medicate" rather than "self-meditate." I really hope my patients are meditating -- and they're welcome to do it without telling me. :-) It's very sad when they're uninvested enough in their health to swap meds. ...Read more

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Why don't you advocate for swedish snus for smoking cessation and harm reduction? It is safer than smoking and other st. Many papers have found this.

Why don't you advocate for swedish snus for smoking cessation and harm reduction? It is safer than smoking and other st. Many papers have found this.

Politics: You're correct. Studies are divided as to whether swedes who use 'snus' have an increased cancer risk; i was surprised at the 2007 study showing no risk. The stuff is addictive and i'm not going to advocate for this. Although it's much safer to chew than to smoke, and I have told young people this, the politically correct answer is 'you should not use any tobacco.'. ...Read more