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What is the diferences between drug abuse and drug addiction?

What is the diferences between drug abuse 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

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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 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 are the differences between alcohol and drug addiction?

What are the differences between alcohol and drug addiction?

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 more

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How are alcoholism and drug addiction different?

How are alcoholism and drug addiction different?

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 more

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What are the pros/cons and differences between suboxone, methadone, and naltrexone for heroin addiction?

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 more

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What are the DSM criteria for substance dependence and alcohol abuse?

What are the DSM criteria for substance dependence and alcohol abuse?

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

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What about the stories of addiction surrounding opiates? Is there a difference between physical dependence and addiction?

What about the stories of addiction surrounding opiates? Is there a difference between physical dependence and addiction?

Yes: Physical dependence involves use to avoid withdrawal both physiologic and substance dependent without compulsive, lack of control behavior. You can have dependence without addiction. ...Read more

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Are there rehab clinics that can deal with prescription drug addiction and panic disorder in one place?

Are there rehab clinics that can deal with prescription drug addiction and panic disorder in one place?

Yes: Such a facility would have a psychiatrist on staff that would be managing the detox as well as management of coexisting psychiatric disorders. ...Read more

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What are your thoughts on drug and alcohol addiction in employed people in america?

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 more

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What are the interactions between ADHD medication and marijuana use?

What are the interactions between ADHD medication and marijuana use?

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

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What is the consensus between combining benzodiazepines with Dexedrine or Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) in resistant bipolar patients with comorbid anxiety and ADHD?

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

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What are the social consequences of drug addiction?

What are the social consequences of drug addiction?

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 more

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Is physical dependence the same as drug addiction?

No: People being treated by prescription can become dependent but not addicted. ...Read more

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In psychology, what is the difference between habituation and dishabituation?

In psychology, what is the difference between habituation and dishabituation?

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

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What are the major differences between autism, childhood schizophrenia and aspergers?

What are the major differences between autism, childhood schizophrenia and aspergers?

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 more

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Help please! is drug addiction formed the same way as alcohol addiction or any other addiction?

Help please! is drug addiction formed the same way as alcohol addiction or any other addiction?

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

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How common is drug and alcohol addiction in teenagers?

How common is drug and alcohol addiction in teenagers?

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

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What is the difference between alcohol addiction and say heroin addiction?

What is the difference between alcohol addiction and say heroin addiction?

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 more

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What is the link between alcohol dependence and Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) (and similar medications)?

What is the link between alcohol dependence and Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) (and similar medications)?

No link: In fact, people with add or adhd on medications like vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) are less likely to become addicted to alcohol and other drugs. ...Read more

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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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What are the differences between alcohol and drug addiction?

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 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?

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?

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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?

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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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What r signs and symptoms of drug addiction?

Compulsion: Inability to cut back compulsive behavior despite consequences needing an eye opener feeling guilty all for at least 1 year. ...Read more

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Is physical dependence the same as drug addiction?

No: People being treated by prescription can become dependent but not addicted. ...Read more

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What is my first step to overcome my drug addiction?

What is my first step to overcome my drug addiction?

Acknowledge problem: People with addiction must first recognize that they have a problem and need help. There are many different treatment modalities that work, including 12 step programs, self-help groups (aa) and cbt/rbt. Sometimes medications, such as antabuse, (disulfiram) naltrexone, and campral, are used to help achieve abstinence. People w/ addiction must learn new coping skills and to avoid relapse triggers. ...Read more

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Are chronic back problems related to drug addiction?

Might be: It could be since the pancreas can be indirectly affected by all the medications and can cause pain in the mid back so make sure you do not have pancreatic inflammation. ...Read more

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What are initial signs and symptoms of drug addiction?

Impairment: Impairment of social, work, family and romantic functions. ...Read more

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Is drug addiction a mental illness or a personal choice?

Is drug addiction a mental illness or a personal choice?

Addiction= disease: Addiction is a physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual disease. ...Read more

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Can someone overcome drug addiction at home with friends?

Why the hard way?: You might want to expand your support network to include mutual support groups like narcotics anonymous and professional help. ...Read more

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Do you think drug addiction is a mental illness or a choice?

Addiction= disease: Addiction is a disease like diabetes and hypertension. The only choice is whether to ask for help. ...Read more

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Has anyone here successfully overvome a real drug addiction?

Overcome addiction: Only about 15% who try to quit by themselves remain drug and alcohol free. Those that go through treatment have a much lower relapse rate, about 25-30% compared to 85%. To remain in recovery is the goal, and if you relapse, get help as soon as possible. Yes, there is a lot of hope, and many success stories! ...Read more

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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 compulsive physical or psychological ...Read more