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Chronic Problems Related Drug Addiction
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
I need to talk with a compassionate physican about severe chronic pain and drug addiction and how to get the care i need i was in a car that was struck by a train 12 yrs ago and I have many problems with my back now. I didn't become addicted to pain meds
Frustrating: Exhaust your non-narcotic options first, with nsaids, acetaminophen, topicals, neuroleptic, snri and a tca as appropriate. Most providers think an opioid meds will cause relapse, but truth is your under treated pain is much more dangerous. Cd history is often presumed drug seeking, but actually this means u r twice as likely to have chronic pain issue. Find someone trained in both cd&pain. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Addiction: Addiction is very complex. One can be very productive ; addicted even heavily addicted to a substance. Other people will be consumed by the addiction, they basically hire themselves as an addict , that's what they do. Either way a road that leads to debilitation and eventually being nonproductive. If you're not being productive now and addicted the thing to do is address the addiction first. ...Read more
<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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 3 more doctor answers
What type of psychology do I need to study in college if I want to specialize in drug addiction problems?
Havedepression,stress,anger problems,epilepsy,body pains and aches,lung pain and drug addiction,and alcohol abuse aswel as cigarettes abuse?
Sounds Difficult: Can you please clarify what the question is. Questions should be clear and specific. Can re-ask. Thanks. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Psychiatric Disorder: Drug addiction is defined as the use of prescription or illegal drugs for reasons other than their intended use, causing impairment in one's ability to work, to engage in meaningful relationships, and to enjoy life. Addiction usually leads to dependence and tolerance making it very difficult to stop. There are many different forms of treatment. Your pmd can provide you with resources. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Recovery is a choice: Most people need treatment to help arrest there addiction, lots of help. Some choose that help and others don't, i'm not alway sure why. I will tell you this, it does not always have to do with how "bad" their addiction was or how much drugs or alcohol people used, at some point they just make that decision and accept the help they need, aa calls it a "spiritual awakening", its why I do this. ...Read moreSee 6 more doctor answers
Depends on what you: mean by 'help.' Nobody can make someone else change, but they can present their concerns, love, caring and arguments about how the problem is hurting them, and hope that it makes a dent. You can attend Alanon meetings for YOURSELF, and learn to deal with your anger, shame, guilt and other emotions related to your friend/family member. Again, be caring and supportive, but nagging doesn't work. ...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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