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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.


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Is drug addiction a disease or a choice?

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.


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Please explain how long does drug addiction recovery take?

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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Hoping you can tell me, is gallbladder problem a symptom of drug addiction?

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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Symptoms of drug addiction withdrawels obvious?

Symptoms of drug addiction withdrawels obvious?

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

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What are the signs/symptoms of a drug addiction?

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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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?

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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How to know if some of us are prone to drug addiction and alcohol dependence?

How to know if some of us are prone to drug addiction and alcohol dependence?

Drug and alcohol : Addictions tend to have a strong hereditary component as well as a learned behavior. If you have grown up in a family that has a tendency to have drug and alcohol problems be cautious and pay attention to your drinking. ...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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Is there a long-acting shot to treat drug addiction (like the shots for schizophrenia)?

Is there a long-acting shot to treat drug addiction (like the shots for schizophrenia)?

Vivitrol: There is an injectable medication called vivitrol, which is an opiate blocker which lasts one month. It's indicated for opiate dependency and alcohol dependency. ...Read more

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Is support or punishment better for treating drug addiction?

Is support or punishment better for treating drug addiction?

Healthy support: " healthy" is the key word here. The wrong kind of support such as enabling can make it worse. Too an addict who is not ready to change healthy support may feel like punishment. Punishment from consequences related to the addiction are sometimes what gets the addict in the door to then seek the support. But punishment alone does not "cure" the problem. Hope that helps? Not an easy answer. ...Read more

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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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