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Chronic Problems Related Drug Addiction
Sometimes: When pain is chronic you are likely to be prescribed opioid pain medication ( eg. Hydrocodone). There is a risk that such medication will be less effective after a while and the dose will be increased.Tolerance sets in and you can become physiologically dependent and or addicted. Prescription medication abuse is now the fastest growing addiction. ...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
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 2 more doctor answers
What type of psychology do I need to study in college if I want to specialize in drug addiction problems?
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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