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Doctor insights on: Differences In Aspergers And Drug Addiction

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Are people with aspergers at higher risk for substance abuse?

Are people with aspergers at higher risk for substance abuse?

No: I'm not aware of any data on this, but in general individuals with ASD are less likely to be risk-takers, more likely to be under the watchful eye of an adult, and less likely to congregate unsupervised with peers who are experimenting with substances of abuse. Among my fairly substantial patient population, i've not seen any problems, even with marijuana. ...Read more

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Addiction (Definition)

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


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What are the differences between alcohol and drug addiction?

What are the differences between alcohol and drug addiction?

Drug Withdrawal: Addictions are more similar than they are different from a basic biological perspective (affecting the same pleasure-center in the brain), and in how they develop. However, one significant difference is that alcohol and benzodiazepines pose a greater risk during withdrawal (seizure, high blood pressure, possible death) and thus withdrawal from these substance should be monitored in a hospital. ...Read more

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What is the main difference between a drug habit and drug addiction?

What is the main difference between a drug habit and drug addiction?

Physical & behavior: The two terms don't really have a medical meaning but the main differences between frequent use and problem use of drugs are physical and mental. Physically, problem use can develop as the person becomes tolerant to the drug and needs more to achieve an effect. Behaviorally problem use shows up when drug use interferes with daily life and obligations or causes health problems and yet it continues. ...Read more

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Is drug addiction inherited or is it learned behavior & what's the difference between?

Is drug addiction inherited or is it learned behavior & what's the difference between?

Largely inherited: Lots of evidence of strong genetic component: those w/ genetic family history are much more likely to become addicted even if not raised around those relatives. Read kathleen whalen firzgerald's 1988 book "alcoholism: the genetic inheritance." also, for the brain science about this, see the video "pleasure unwoven, available from www.Instituteforaddictionstudy.Com or watch it on youtube. ...Read more

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What are the differences between alcoholism and drug addiction?

What are the differences between alcoholism and drug addiction?

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

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What causes drug addiction?

What causes drug addiction?

Socio economics: There are multiple factors, socio economics, exposure and culture, life style, upbringing and access to addictive substances. ...Read more

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Which are the first signs of your loved ones drug addiction?

See below: The person takes the substance and cannot stop. Withdrawal symptoms - when body levels of that substance go below a certain level the patient has physical and mood-related symptoms. Addiction continues despite health problem awareness - the individual continues taking the substance regularly, even though they have developed illnesses linked to it. ...Read more

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Could rehab stop drug addiction?

Could rehab stop drug addiction?

Yes: Do you think that if it didn't, anybody would go to it? However, unlike other medical treatments where success depends on the skill of the doctors/nurses and the effectiveness of medication, success in rehabilitation has more to do with how motivated you are, what resources are available to you, and how long you stay involved in treatment. Overall success can be as high as 90% in some groups. ...Read more

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What side effects of drug addiction?

Drug addiction: Depends on the drug used. In general, effects are biological such as physical symptoms, psychological such as cravings, and social such as loss of finances or job or family due to alienation. ...Read more

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Are there support groups for drug addiction?

Are there support groups for drug addiction?

Yes: You can go to the nearest 12 step program and pick a sponsor who had similar issues as yours. ...Read more

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Dr. Vasu Brown
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Substance Abuse (Definition)

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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Drug Addiction (Definition)

Drug addiction is a dangerous condition where people are addicted to, or dependent on, illicit or other ...Read more