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Dr. Vasu Brown
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Drug Addiction (Overview)

Drug addiction is a dangerous condition where people are addicted to, or dependent on, illicit or other harmful drugs or medications.


Dr. Jeff Blixt
Board Certified, Addiction Medicine
19 years in practice
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Is drug addiction a disease or a choice?

Dr. Jeff Blixt
Board Certified, Addiction Medicine
19 years in practice
856K people helped
Is drug addiction a disease or a choice?

Recovery is a choice: Most people need treatment to help arrest there addiction, lots of help. Some choose that help and others don't, i'm not alway sure why. I will tell you this, it does not always have to do with how "bad" their addiction was or how much drugs or alcohol people used, at some point they just make that decision and accept the help they need, aa calls it a "spiritual awakening", its why I do this. ...Read more

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Dr. Vasu Brown
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Drug Addiction (Overview)

Drug addiction is a dangerous condition where people are addicted to, or dependent on, illicit or other harmful drugs or medications.


Dr. Barbara Lavi
Board Certified, Clinical Psychology
30 years in practice
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Please explain how long does drug addiction recovery take?

Dr. Barbara Lavi
Board Certified, Clinical Psychology
30 years in practice
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Please explain how long does drug addiction recovery take?

Drug addiction is a: Disease. It changes your brain and leads to cravings for the drug. Even after someone has been clean and sober, the addiction does not disappear and there are signs that the brain has been changed. It is important to get help attend aa or na (narcotics anonymous) and psychotherapy to fight the disease. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Board Certified, Neurology
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Overcoming Addiction & Substance Withdrawal (Tip)

Overcoming Addiction & Substance Withdrawal

" ...Addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol or morphine or idealism" c. Jung. ...See more

Dr. Bennett Machanic
Board Certified, Neurology
47 years in practice
50M people helped
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Overcoming Addiction & Substance Withdrawal (Checklist)

counseling
1 hrs, every other day for 3 months
tell your doctor. and seek medical care
once
develop support network, stop lying, tell family
once
12 step program support
once
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Dr. Ricardo Borrego
Board Certified, Anesthesiology
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Hoping you can tell me, is gallbladder problem a symptom of drug addiction?

Dr. Ricardo Borrego
Board Certified, Anesthesiology
236K people helped

No: Gallbladder problems are not caused by drug addiction. Certain narcotics may aggravate existing gallbladder issues by causing contraction of the sphincter of oddi which assists in the emptying of the gallbladder. ...Read more

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Dr. Vasu Brown
Board Certified, Wound care
29 years in practice
10M people helped
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Symptoms of drug addiction withdrawels obvious?

Dr. Vasu Brown
Board Certified, Wound care
29 years in practice
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Symptoms of drug addiction withdrawels obvious?

Yes: Without proper detox symptoms can be prolonged and dangerous. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Board Certified, Neurology
47 years in practice
50M people helped
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Overcoming Addiction & Substance Withdrawal (Tip)

Overcoming Addiction & Substance Withdrawal

20 minutes after your last cigarette your heart rate drops. ...See more

Dr. Stuart Wasser
Board Certified, Addiction Medicine
30 years in practice
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What are the signs/symptoms of a drug addiction?

Dr. Stuart Wasser
Board Certified, Addiction Medicine
30 years in practice
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What are the signs/symptoms of a drug addiction?

See below: When use of a drug has led to identifiable negative consequences in your life yet you can not control your use or your thoughts about the drug, than an addiction like exists. ...Read more

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Dr. Lynne Weixel
Board Certified, Clinical Psychology
31 years in practice
9M people helped
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How can i make sure that my son is at the begining of drug addiction without he get's aware,any medical tests?or somehow at home?

Dr. Lynne Weixel
Board Certified, Clinical Psychology
31 years in practice
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How can i make sure  that my son is at the begining of drug addiction  without  he get's aware,any medical tests?or somehow at home?

Be careful: I'm really urging you NOT to try to find out w/out his knowing. It can appear to put you in the wrong and perhaps still not give you a solid course of action anyway. If you can't mention your concern in the safety of another's presence (or alone) then that in itself is a problem. 'Beginning' is better than 'late', but it doesn't matter. You can't do this alone. Time for real professional help. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Board Certified, Neurology
47 years in practice
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Overcoming Addiction & Substance Withdrawal (Tip)

Overcoming Addiction & Substance Withdrawal

Twelve Step programs help many folks. Cut through excuses and give it a real try. ...See more

Dr. Vasu Brown
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Addiction (Definition)

Addiction is a condition in which a person has a strong, persistent physical and psychological need for a habit-forming substance (such as alcohol, cigarettes, or cocaine) or an activity (such as gambling). The person usually suffers physical or psychological withdrawal symptoms if he is unable to continue getting what ...Read more


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Substance Abuse (Definition)

Substance abuse is also known as Drug problems. Substance abuse is using mind or ...Read more


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