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Differences In Aspergers And Drug Addiction
Abuse vs dependence: Drug abuse is using too much ; having consequences. Dependence, or addiction, involves development of craving ; compulsion, tolerance ; @ times withdrawal. An alcohol abuser drive drunk ; get a dui, but isn't compelled to drink again, nor lose control once starting to drink. An alcoholic may be able to stay sober or have 1 drink @ times, but sometimes can't avoid the first drink ; then can't stop. ...Read more
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
The drug used: Alcoholism is a layman's term which is commonly given to persons addicted to alcohol. The term drug addition is used for any addiction to a drug which is not alcohol. In medical practice, we usually name the specific drug the person is addicted to in our record. The treatments are all similar, except for the detoxification phase were the specific drug makes a significant difference. ...Read more
Addiction vs habit: Addiction - there is a psychological/physical component; the person is unable to control the aspects of the addiction without help because of the mental or physical conditions involved. Choice of addiction is due to habit. Habit - it is done by choice. The person with the habit can choose to stop, and will subsequently stop successfully if they want to. Addiction habit choice -is alcohol vs drug. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
They are not: The main difference is that alcohol is legal and easier to get. Because it is legal and socially tolerated, alcohol can be abused longer before accumulating the consequences associated with addiction to illegal drugs. There appears to be a link between alcoholism and opioid addiction; one of the drugs used to reduce alcohol cravings blocks opioid receptors. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What are the pros/cons and differences between suboxone, methadone, and naltrexone for heroin addiction?
Many: Each form of treatment is different , suboxone is a partial agonist and anatgonist which can induce precipted withdrawal when used with opioids, it can be prescribed out of a data licensed physician office. Methadone is a full agonist advantage inexpensive prescribeed at a Methadone cliniccon tolearnce and use of other narcotics.Naltrexone is a anatagonist that is requires abstinence can be costly. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Addiction: Alcohol/drugs can be robustly abused by someone but as long as the person is not addicted to it, and doesn't miss it after putting it down, the diagnosis is alcohol abuse. If, however, the person feels either physically or psychologically addicted/dependent on it and either cannot go a day without it, or binge drinks uncontrollably the diagnosis is alcohol dependence. ...Read more
What about the stories of addiction surrounding opiates? Is there a difference between physical dependence and addiction?
Are there rehab clinics that can deal with prescription drug addiction and panic disorder in one place?
Drug alcohol addicit: This is a serious problem. It seems that we have one of the highest rates in the world. Illicit/illegal drug use is a problem of society and family structure. Breakdown of the family structure results in deviant behavior. Alcoholism is no different. These deviant behaviors appear generation after generation. Correction lies with the family unit which has to be strong and supportive. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
None direct but...: There are no reported direct interactions between cannabis and ADHD medications- see http://tinyurl.com/hxtr8oa While more research is needed, many with ADHD find using medical marijuana has a calming effect and can improve concentration- see http://www.leafscience.com/2016/01/22/cannabis-good-adhd/ It appears safe to use cannabis with ADHD meds and using it may reduce the amount of meds needed. ...Read more
What is the consensus between combining benzodiazepines with Dexedrine or Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) in resistant bipolar patients with comorbid anxiety and ADHD?
Tough question: There is no consensus that I am aware of on this issue. Patients are individuals and each case should be taken on a case by case basis. Issues to consider include prior responses to medication, substance use issues, family history, current sxs, past sxs, suicidal behavior, past psychiatric hospitalizations, etc, etc.... ...Read more
Many: Loss of individual productivity, disruptions of the family unit causing society to support the family, behavioral consequences to the addicts family , criminal consequences, the least of which are thefts, murders, etc. Most serious is the loss of life from unintended overdoses with multiple other consequences. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: People being treated by prescription can become dependent but not addicted. ...Read more
Exposure = less fear: Habituation is the decline in response to fear-provoking stimuli with repeated exposure. Habituation is a passive process, in contrast to extinction, which involves active changes in cognition. Dishabituation is habituation in reverse, where one is resensitized to stimuli that had previously been habituated. Exposure therapy relies heavily on the concept of habituation. ...Read more
Severity: In autism social, communication and restricted range of or odd behaviors is characteristic, in asperger's disorder there are social pbms and a restricted range of, or odd behaviors. In schizophrenia, hallucinations and or delusions in the context of impairment is required. There is often someover lap in that perceptual abn can be present to different degrees in all 3. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Yes often drug and alcohol addicition starts as a poor way to cope with stress and low self esteem and as reliance and use of these agents continue- an addiction is started. But it is important to note that addiction has a strong genetic component as well. Often this is reflected in strong family history of addiction. In any case seek help from your dr if you have an addiction. ...Read more
Very common: It is the fastest raising population of abusers. Unfortunately, very common. About 50% of my patients are teenagers. The parents often have no idea. The biggest problem is that teenagers feel, which is unfortunately age-appropriate, that nothing bad will happen to them. Seeing their pears in troubles or even dying does not help. Find a psychiatrist who worked with teenagers, not just with addictio. ...Read more
Addiction=Addiction: Alcohol is not illegal to possess. Alcohol is more toxic biologically. Alcohol withdrawal may be deadly, whereas heroin withdrawal, while uncomfortable, is not life threatening. Heroin, when injected, may lead to various systemic infections. Otherwise, the process of the two diseases may lead in the same direction (insanity and death), and the process of recovery is similar (mutual support). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What is the link between alcohol dependence and Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) (and similar medications)?
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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