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Defense Mechanisms Used By Substance Abuse Patients
No: There is no evidence that acamprosate works for anything other than alcohol abuse. It works to decrease the potential of the brain to make a substance called glutamate, and alcohol abuse is the only known cause of elevating glutamate levels in the brain, so far as i know. There are other medications which may work for other drugs of abuse. If you are having drug problems, talk with your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Activated charcoal capable of adsorbing bacteria/toxins/cleanse the body out? Lot of people swear by its benefit. Mainstream medicine overlooking?
Have better options: According to the big book....you are right....and in use in many countries.....however, you have better and safer and more effective trestments ...Read more
CNS depressant: I don't know that anyone has an absolute lock-down on this mechanism, but you can look up what's known in goodman and gilman's pharmacologic basis of therapeutics. Gaba-a receptors are inhibitory in the brain, and their function can be enhanced by alcohol as well as sedative-hypnotic agents including benzodiazepines. Several types of ion channels in the brain are sensitive to ethanol also. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many factors: When it comes to drug use, the causes are likely multifactorial. Being genetically predisposed, being raised by addicted parents, learning to use substances to cope, not learning to cope with feelings. Etc, etc. The important thing is really not what caused the problem, but getting help to fix it. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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 3 more doctor answers
Have any GERD : Medically addressed. Use excellent sleep hygiene. 1. Keep a regular bedtime & wakening time (to include weekends). Get up the same time each day, regardless of what time you fell asleep. 2. Make a regular, relaxing bedtime routine. Relaxing rituals prior to bedtime may include a warm bath or shower, aromatherapy, reading, or listening to gentle music. 3. Sleep in a dark, quiet, cool room on >. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Unusual behavior: Substance abuse can be associted with extremes in behavior from depression to over excitment and agitation. When these become a change in normal behavior noticable to those close to the person problems such as substance abuse should and have to be called into question. All to often we don't want to say anything or want to believe it will get better on it's own. ...Read more
Which type of a person intentionally starts using a known addictive, carcinogenic substance like tobacco?
Well, at one time: About half the population of the us did, which includes an awful lot of "types" of people. People start smoking generally when they are in their early teens, when they believe they are immortal and invincible, and nothing can hurt them. They also do it to irritate their parents and be closer to "cool" peers. By the time they are addicted to nicotine, withdrawal makes it hard to stop. ...Read more
Which substances & therapy-like things are most beneficent for adults with aspergers & vice-versa?
Insight: To my knowledge, no medication, and especially no herbal / "pop" remedy will touch Asperger's. The key is to learn about other people, how to read them, how to relate to them, how to capitalize on your intellectual gifts and power to focus, how to find a sport that's right for you (strength / endurance, not ream or coordination) and how to be happy in a world where there are no quick fixes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If an OCD sufferer fears certain chemical, how will erp (exposure and response prevention) be carried out?
2 Main Types: There are 2 main types of exposure therapy that good for this. In vivo therapy invovles creating a hierarchy and systematically exposing yourself to more anxiety producing thought s , situations and chemicals. Imaginal exposures are sometimes use when real life exposures would be impossible or too difficult. They both are efective if applied right. ...Read more
See the list below: Primary medications used for the treatment of social anxiety disorder include paxil, (paroxetine) venlafaxine, clonopin, MAO inhibitors, Prozac has been used as well, and zoloft is also used frequently. I have found Lexapro be useful as well although it is not fda approved for this purpose. ...Read more
What evidence exists on long-term damage to the central nervous system caused by ketamine (street name k) use?
Couple of studies: This study shows the effect in humans: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/21161184 and this one in mice http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pmc/articles/pmc3119682/, and changes in gene and protein expression in chronic ketamine usage. As experimentation in humans with this potentially lethal drug is not a good idea, we will likely have to depend on animal models for study. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
For what reason would drug abuse harm reduction be an ineffective tool against the drug abuse problem in the united states?
Sorry, it wouldn't: Be right for me to do your class assignments. ...Read more
Complicated: In my mind, at the simplest level, they are classified as severe or non-severe reactions, which are dealt with differently (obviously). You can read more about the complicated details here: http://www.Fda.Gov/drugs/drugsafety/postmarketdrugsafetyinformationforpatientsandproviders/default.Htm. ...Read more
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