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Does tough love work with addiction?

Does tough love work with addiction?

Not by Itself: Addiction problems generally respond best when a multi-faceted approch is used. Kicking a family member out of your home will not cure their addiction. Use community resources-don't try to do it by yourself. ...Read more

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Dr. Vasu Brown
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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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Do you think "tough love" is a good method to assist people with addiction?

Do you think "tough love" is a good method to assist people with addiction?

Generally not: Tough love usually does not work as a sole intervention to deal with addiction. This requires a multifaceted approach in order to have some reasonable chance of success. The part of tough love that involves not giving into all of the unreasonable demands of the addicted person, and protecting yourself and family from the transgressions that an addict may engage in do often seem appropriate. ...Read more

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How can I help using love like an addiction?

How can I help using love like an addiction?

See a therapist.: Although ... One might say that love is an addiction by definition. It only becomes a problem if the other person does not love you. (that's when you might need the therapist.). ...Read more

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How can addiction work and why does it happen?

How can  addiction work and why does it happen?

Reward: Addiction results from doing something rewarding and drives people to do it consistently. This can be helpful in the case of appropriate amounts of exercise, but can lead to doing it more and more. This can result in adverse consequences, such as stealing, cheating on a spouse, losing all your finances. And the brain "learns" to be addicted very well, which is why it is hard to stop. ...Read more

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What works against this disgusting chocolate addiction?

What works against this disgusting chocolate addiction?

Few people treat: Few people treat chocolate, sugar or caffeine addictions although they are very common and hard to overcome. The side effects are less problematic than alcohol or other drugs which is why they have been neglected. However, they can have health consequences like stress and diabetes. Contact someone who specializes in addictions and work out a program to help you stiop. ...Read more

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Do any programs (besides the 12-step program) work for treating addiction?

Do any programs (besides the 12-step program) work for treating addiction?

Yes: 12-step programs have probably helped more people than any other method. There are also other types of programs that people find helpful in dealing with the disease of addiction. ...Read more

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What are the necessary requirements for someone who wants to work at an addiction recovery center?

Usually: A certification as a substance abuse counselor. There are a few different ways to do this. They require education and an internship along with passing a certification exam. Look up caadac and also social model recovery online. ...Read more

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How do nicotine addictions work?

How do nicotine addictions work?

Habits are habits: Addictive behavior has common underpinnings despite the various chemicals, physical or mechanical, or ritualistic, behaviors may initiate them. Areas of the brain are involved similarly regardless of the addicting substance. Dopamine is a prime mediator of addiction. ...Read more

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Could this love of mangoes be a food addiction? What are the criteria?

Food addiction: 1) does eating mangoes lead to unmanageability? 2) have you lost control over eating mangoes? If the answers to both are yes, you may have a food addiction. Otherwise, you may just enjoy mangoes. ...Read more

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What is the idea of using rubber bands to stop addictions? How does that work?

What is the idea of using rubber bands to stop addictions?  How does that work?

Somewhat: The idea is a form of thought stopping. Basically the decision to start drinking can be made more conscious and perhaps the increased awareness may help. You would have to be very motivated and use this as one tool among a recovery program. ...Read more