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Dr. Vasu Brown
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Drug Addiction (Overview)

Drug addiction is a compulsive physical or psychological need for habit-forming drugs.


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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

Dr. Vasu Brown
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Drug Addiction (Overview)

Drug addiction is a compulsive physical or psychological need for habit-forming drugs.


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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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Drug addiction (Tip)

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

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Overcoming Addiction & Substance Withdrawal (Checklist)

Seek counseling
every other day
Tell your doctor, and seek medical care
once
Develop a support system around family and your close network
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Hoping you can tell me, is gallbladder problem a symptom of drug addiction?

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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Drug addiction (Tip)

Twelve Step programs help many folks. Cut through excuses and give it a real try. ...See 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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Drug addiction (Tip)

Replace the addicting behavior was something that is more socially positive. ...See 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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Drug addiction (Tip)

As miserable as you may feel from opioid withdrawl, you will not die from it, you can make it through. ...See 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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Is it possible to cure a drug addiction (not mine) without the help of a professional. Like any vitamins or natural B6 supplements?

Is it possible to cure a drug addiction (not mine) without the help of a professional. Like any vitamins or natural B6 supplements?

Not beneficial: There are many things that lead to an addiction and consequences of an addiction that should to be explored with the assistance of a professional. Furthermore, behavioral changes and coping skills need to be learned to remain clean and sober. One can achieve this through the assistance of a specialist who is trained in addiction. At the very least, one should explore getting help through aa or na. ...Read more

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How would you get prescribed "baclofen" for drug addiction treatment? I heard it helps.

How would you get prescribed "baclofen" for drug addiction treatment? I heard it helps.

Any doc could: Prescribe this but it is the rare doc who is aware of baclofen. I use it for stimulant and opioid issues. However, it is not completely safe and about 0.2-0.5% lose control c/w a syndrome caused by any tranquilizer. ...Read more

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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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Does using add medication increase or decrease your future risk for drug addiction?

I very much doubt it: Ever since strauss-leightnen syndrome was repackaged as add some 40 years ago, Ritalin (methylphenidate) & amphetamines were used with varying success in school children, I am not aware of any convincing evidence for addiction. Rather, the problem is young adults seeking Adderall or an amphetamine for their well rehearsed litany of subjective difficulties that fit adhd. ...Read more

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Can someone overcome drug addiction at home without going to rehab?

Can someone overcome drug addiction at home without going to rehab?

Mutual support helps: If you are concerned about being an addict, you might want to consider attending a meeting of narcotics anonymous. Find a meeting at their web site: http://www. Na.Org/. ...Read more

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Is drug addiction motivated by the desire to achieve euphoria or to avoid the downer?

Is drug addiction motivated by the desire to achieve euphoria or to avoid the downer?

Both: Starts with experimentation and acting out ends up being hooked to avoid downers. ...Read more

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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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How do I stop drug addiction?

How do I stop drug addiction?

Glutamine daily: Take glutamine 2 gm each time you have cravings join support group - it takes effort but you need support system like a 12 step sponsor. ...Read more

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What is a drug addiction hotline?

What is a drug addiction hotline?

See below: Http://www. Addictioncareoptions. Com/

(800) 784-6776.

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Is drug addiction chronical disease?

Yes: The addictions cross each other. If you stop drinking alcohol and start using pills you are still at the same spot.
And it may not be drugs alone. ..Gambling, food, sex, porn...And so forth may replace your drug of choice...But, in the end, however you slice it... You stand at the same, spot....Alone, miserable, disoriented...And once in a while thinking, where... Did all friends and loved one disappear.. ...Read more

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Can you please define drug addiction?

Can you please define drug addiction?

Psychiatric Disorder: Drug addiction is defined as the use of prescription or illegal drugs for reasons other than their intended use, causing impairment in one's ability to work, to engage in meaningful relationships, and to enjoy life. Addiction usually leads to dependence and tolerance making it very difficult to stop. There are many different forms of treatment. Your pmd can provide you with resources. ...Read more

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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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What kind of condition is drug addiction?

Destructive: Drug addiction postpones living life to the full and sometimes accelerates death. ...Read more

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Is drug addiction is a choice or a disease?

Is drug addiction is a choice or a disease?

Disease: It is often described as a chronic relapsing brain disease. Nobody chooses to become an addict. ...Read more

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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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