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Doctor insights on: Drug Addiction Hallucinogens

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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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Why drug addicts used barbiturates?

Why drug addicts used barbiturates?

Course of addiction : Typically drug addicts use drugs because of the way it makes them feel. Drugs of abuse are fast acting, hit the reward center of the brain and are thus reinforcing. As tolerance for the drug's effects develop, people take more of the drug in hope of obtaining the same high feeling. Physical dependence occurs and the drug is taken no longer to get high but to try to feel normal & avoid withdrawal. ...Read more

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Who coined the term substance abuse (ie, alcoholism, legal and illegal drug abuse, etc.)?

Who coined the term substance abuse (ie, alcoholism, legal and illegal drug abuse, etc.)?

Not clear: The term alcoholism was originally coined in 1849 by magnus huss. Untill the 1940s it referred primarily to the physical consequences of long-term heavy drinking. I am not sure about the term substance abuse. ...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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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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How is narcotic abuse, dependence, withdrawal or intoxication self-diagnosed?

How is narcotic abuse, dependence, withdrawal or intoxication self-diagnosed?

Easy...: If you are taking more than prescribed, then you are abusing. If you can't stop taking the medication, then you are dependent. Dependence is not necessarily a negative thing however, as you may depend on a medication for relief to function normally. ...Read more

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Is drug abuse interchangeable with drug misuse?

Is drug abuse interchangeable with drug misuse?

Not really: Drug misuse can eventually lead to drug abuse before one is even aware of what is happening. Both are problematic and need medical intervention before these become larger issues. ...Read more

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Are amphetamines addictive?

Are amphetamines addictive?

Yes: And they can have serious, life-threatening side effects. They should only be used under the supervision of a doctor. If you feel you are addicted, you should get help right away. ...Read more

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What defines drug abuse?

What defines drug abuse?

Drug Abuse : In dsm-iv, this is a persistent, "maladaptive pattern of substance use leading to clinically significant impairment or distress." there are: failure to fulfill major role obligations at work, school, or home; recurrent drug use in physically hazardous situations (like driving); recurrent substance-related legal problems; & continued use despite social problems caused/worsened by the drug use. ...Read more

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Do people recreationally abuse propoxyphene?

Do people recreationally abuse propoxyphene?

Of course...: Anything that can cause a mental “change in state”, will be used or abused by someone to achieve a brain change. Some substances, like alcohol, cause a reliable change in state that is similar from person to person. Other substances, like propoxyphene, produced a more unreliable change & only at higher, more dangerous doses. Also, it's not available in usa anymore. ...Read more

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Is cipralex addictive drug??

Is cipralex addictive drug??

No: Not in the same sense as you would think of street drugs or some prescription pain medicines. However, it *is* possible to develop a kind of chemical dependence on it, such that suddenly stopping it might provoke symptoms of withdrawal or a relapse into depression. While not all professionals agree, one way of avoiding that that some take is a slow dose taper during drug discontinuation. ...Read more

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Is gabapentin addictive drug?

Is gabapentin addictive drug?

Neurontin (gabapentin): No, but sudden discontinuation is not advised. ...Read more

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What's substance dependence vs addiction?

What's substance dependence vs addiction?

Addiction vs.: Dependence. Some drugs have effects on the body that the body becomes used to. This is dependence. If the drug is suddenly withdrawn, the patient will experience a withdrawal syndrome untill the body readjusts. Addiction is an uncontrollable, compulsive need for and use of a substance despite negative consequences (deteriorating health, memory, loss of relationships, legal problems, etc.). ...Read more

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Any substance abuse treatment centers for people with ketamine addiction?

AAC: Ketamine is gaining popularity as a club drug between young adults. Separate perception from sensation. Call american addiction centers at 866- 572-1806. ...Read more

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Is gambling addiction a real addiction (like heroin)?

Is gambling addiction a real addiction (like heroin)?

Yes: If by "real addiction" you mean "very hard to stop" and "can actually get physical symptoms when you try to stop", then indeed it is. The physical symptoms are milder but the craving is as real, and the risk of suicide is far greater. Don't look down on a compulsive gambler as weak; it's a strange combination of brain chemicals, and may respond to medication and/or wise talk. ...Read more

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Is hydrocodone an illicit drug?

Only on the Streets: Hydrocodone is a bona fide drug used in pain management in legitimate medical settings. However, it is a controlled substance because of its propensity to be habituating and thus abused for its narcotic effect. It is an illicit drug if its use by a specific user is not backed by a legitimate prescription and its acquisition is not from a legitimate pharmacy. ...Read more

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Dr. Vasu Brown
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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


Hallucinogens (Definition)

Hallucinogens are drugs that cause false perceptions (such as sights, ...Read more