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Doctor insights on: Diary Of A Crossword Puzzle Addict

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Does brain games like crossword puzzles and sudoku really help the brain ?

Does brain games like crossword puzzles and sudoku really help the brain ?

A little bit: You might be better able to do crossword puzzles and sudoku but these games might not help you in other activities. ...Read more

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What are voiding diaries of urinary retention in men?

What are voiding diaries of urinary retention in men?

Here is ...: Voiding diaries is the self-recorded detailed intake and urine output every single time serially for usually 2 days so to be analyzed and document patients' lifestyle in fluid intake and how much they void day and night. Thereby, the possibility of over drinking, polyuric nocturia, etc. could be documented, and some realistic lifestyle can be adjusted and modified. More? Ask Doc timely. ...Read more

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What's a way to explain enabling to an addict?

Enabling.: Enabling is doing things to help an addict continue their pattern of dysfunctional behavior. I wouldn't expect an active addict to understand or to desire to understand the concept. ...Read more

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What medications are recommended for drug addicts?

What medications are recommended for drug addicts?

Clarify, please!: Do you want to know how to treat addiction? There are many addicting drugs out there and the medical treatment is different for all of them. But for all of them Narcotics Anonymous or Alcoholics Anonymous are extremely helpful and can often be the only treatment required. Often these programs, which are free, have success rates equal to many inpatient and outpatient costly rehab programs. ...Read more

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What are signs of being a sex addict?

What are signs of being a sex addict?

TROUBLE: If the behavior causes you trouble in your life but you cant/wont/dont want to stop: -takes a lot of your time getting it or thinking about it or -problems with work/family or -legal problems then it's an addiction. ...Read more

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Is Suboxone really safe for opiet addicts?

See below: It of certainly safer than the alternative of continued use of illegal opioids. Ideally, one ceases the use of all drugs but many are unable to attain this goal. Suboxone is the next best option and many people can be stable on this for decades without major insurmountable health issues. ...Read more

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Why would it be that my dad is such a smoke addict?

Why would it be that my dad is such a smoke addict?

Smoking: Tobacco is addictive. There are medications and other treatments for addiction. Encourage him to quit and be supportive. ...Read more

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Why drug addicts used barbiturates?

Why drug addicts used barbiturates?

Course of addiction : Typically drug addicts use drugs because of the way it makes them feel. Drugs of abuse are fast acting, hit the reward center of the brain and are thus reinforcing. As tolerance for the drug's effects develop, people take more of the drug in hope of obtaining the same high feeling. Physical dependence occurs and the drug is taken no longer to get high but to try to feel normal & avoid withdrawal. ...Read more

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Ethically, should addicts and alcoholics receive organ donations?

Ethically, should addicts and alcoholics receive organ donations?

Only if abstinent: All humans are imperfect. Some people with drug and alcohol abuse histories have committed to sobriety, acknowledged their own responsibilities and succeeded in changing their lives in favorable directions. General txp requirements are at least 6 months abstinence and ongoing rehabilitation. Those patients meeting these requirements who receive txps have equal outcomes to all other patients. ...Read more

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How is it that drug addicts should be placed in hospitals instead of prisons?

How is it that drug addicts should be placed in hospitals instead of prisons?

Other options : In-patient (hospitalization / detox) is one safe option. Certain types of addictions, such as to alcohol and benzodiazepines, can be lethal and prison can not handle these.The far majority of doctors and scientists today believe that addiction is a medical problem as well as a social one. Both parts have to be addressed simultaneously and neither hospital (short-term ok) nor prison are conducive. ...Read more

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What is the medical definition of an addict?

What is the medical definition of an addict?

There really isn't 1: because "addict" is not a medical term, and actually our field is coming around to eliminate the words "addict' and "alcoholic" from our vocabularies. The formal term for the disorder is "substance use disorder," where you put the drug involved up front - like "alcohol use disorder" or "opiate use disorder." There are 11 criteria, and if 7 or more present, that is a "severe" disorder= addiction. ...Read more

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Is there a way to know if I am a food addict?

Is there a way to know if I am a food addict?

Overeaters Anonymous: There is a set of self-evaluation questions on the oa web site at www.Oa.Org. Oa uses the same 12 steps as aa. It is not a "diet club, " but is an effective way out of the misery of compulsive eating. As one oa member described, "in oa i can face my stuff instead of stuffing my face.". ...Read more

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Is it true that once an addict always an addict?

Yes?: From a biological standpoint yes in my opinion, people can be sober 10, 20 or more years and still relapse severely if the substance is reintroduced. From a recovery standpoint identifying as an addict is very helpful for most. It keeps people in recovery; grounded, humble and reminds them where they were. Some don't take this same view which may work for them, but most can't escape their biology. ...Read more

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An addict did this to themselves, should I feel sorry for them?

Detachment: I love the 12 step phrase - detachment which means we detach - distangle from creating opinions and use being supportive, not condone or judge. ...Read more

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How to convince an addict that he has a problem and needs help?

Wouldn't it be great: If we had the ability to convince an addict that they have a real problem and that they need help. People often don't see what they refuse to see. I would share your concerns and even offer the addict in your life to take them to a 12 step program. But remember, that you can't control what an addict thinks or does. ...Read more

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My family thinks I am an addict, but I don't agree. Whose right?

My family thinks I am an addict, but I don't agree.  Whose right?

Probably them: Most addicts have very strong defense mechanisms. Denial, literally they just can't see the problem.They justify, minimize, rationalize, intellectualize, lots more " izes". One component of addiction is conflict with others. I don't know you, so all I have is my knowledge of how addiction works. I recommend finding a local counselor or other professional to help all of you figure it out. Good luck. ...Read more

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Do drug addicts use de-tox tea ?

Do drug addicts use de-tox tea ?

No: It is a tea sold and promoted to cleanse your body of toxins and does not detox from the drugs, and is not used by drug addicts. ...Read more

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Can a sex addict ever be faithful?

Can a sex addict ever be faithful?

Probably not...: ...At least not without appropriate treatment. As with the treatment of any addictive behavior, the behavior is not just going to change on its own without treatment from a trained professional, often augmented by the addict's commitment to an appropriate 12-step program (e.g. Sa or slaa). The likelihood of his becoming faithful depends on a variety of factors involving motivation and personality. ...Read more