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When someone has a drug alcohol addiction, where do they go for help?

When someone has a drug alcohol addiction, where do they go for help?

NA - AA: Two great places to get help are narcotics anonymous (na) and alcoholics anonymous (aa). Seeing your doctor for a comprehensive evaluation is also a good place to start. ...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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What's going on in the brain when someone is dealing with drug/alcohol addiction for them to keep making excuses for doing it?

What's going on in the brain when someone is dealing with drug/alcohol addiction for them to keep making excuses for doing it?

Drug addiction: Most drugs and alcohol directly or indirectly target specific centers in the brain resulting in pleasure. Dopamine is one of the chemicals produced at these centers. Overstimulating these centers with drugs or alcohol results in large amounts of dopamine and strongly reinforces the need for drugs and alcohol and the more. This teaches the brain to need more and more stimulation a vicious cycle ...Read more

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Are drug-alcohol addictions a diagnosed mental illness? Is it a way of life that may involve disorders?

Are drug-alcohol addictions a diagnosed mental illness? Is it a way of life that may involve disorders?

Addiction+ diagnosis: Addiction to substances of all kinds are listed in a section of the diagnostic & statistical manual (dsm). However, addictions to alcohol and other drugs are actually a metabolic disorder wherein the brain does not process alcohol or other mood altering substances in a normal way. ...Read more

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How common is drug and alcohol addiction in teenagers?

How common is drug and alcohol addiction in teenagers?

Very common: It is the fastest raising population of abusers. Unfortunately, very common. About 50% of my patients are teenagers. The parents often have no idea. The biggest problem is that teenagers feel, which is unfortunately age-appropriate, that nothing bad will happen to them. Seeing their pears in troubles or even dying does not help. Find a psychiatrist who worked with teenagers, not just with addictio. ...Read more

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What are your thoughts on drug and alcohol addiction in employed people in america?

What are your thoughts on drug and alcohol addiction in employed people in america?

Drug alcohol addicit: This is a serious problem. It seems that we have one of the highest rates in the world. Illicit/illegal drug use is a problem of society and family structure. Breakdown of the family structure results in deviant behavior. Alcoholism is no different. These deviant behaviors appear generation after generation. Correction lies with the family unit which has to be strong and supportive. ...Read more

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What motivates someone to get over drug or alcohol addiction?

What motivates someone to get over drug or alcohol addiction?

"hitting bottom": People in alcohol recovery (aa) say that addicts have to "hit bottom" before they accept the need to change. This varies from person to person... It could be a spouse leaving, losing a job, a medical complication, getting arrested, etc. Whatever it is, the person can't accept it, and becomes motivated to stop using the addictive substance. ...Read more

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What are the risks to preteens of drug and alcohol addiction?

Below: Younger brains will have more pronounced neurotransmitter effect when exposed to the same amount of drug, which will lead to more significant establishment of cravings in persons who are more impulsive. Since brains are still developing, one may be moe likely to see long eterm neurological deterioration. ...Read more

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Does guilt play a role in drug or alcohol addiction?

Does guilt play a role in drug or alcohol addiction?

No: If you're asking if make somebody feel guilty will help him/her to stop drinking or using, then the answer is 99% no. If you're asking whether some people use because he feels guilty, then the answer is: very possible, but clearly not the only reason. Find a good therapist, both for the patient and for the family. The problem most of the times is a family problem, even if you don't think so. ...Read more

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Once I finish my masters in psych, will my aggravated dui felony inhibit me from gaining employment in drug and alcohol addiction counseling?

Once I finish my masters in psych, will my aggravated dui felony inhibit me from gaining employment in drug and alcohol addiction counseling?

Hopefully not: As dr. Front mentioned, licensing laws vary from state to state. It's not unusual for professionals in addiction counseling to have had personal issues with addiction so employers in this field are unlikely to hold it against you. Congratulations on putting this behind you & training to help others!
i advise you to learn about the physiological aspects of addiction as well. See my comment:. ...Read more

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Is it true that genetics play a role in an individual's drug or alcohol addiction?

Is it true that genetics play a role in an individual's drug or alcohol addiction?

Unfortunately, yes: Family history is an iimportant risk for developing drug and alcohol addiction. There is something about the brain that one is given, that makes one more susceptible to taking drugs or alcohol.....And those people who are vulnerable, get something extra, that most others do not get from taking drugs or alcohol, which unfortunately encourages the person to take more and more, leading to problems. ...Read more

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What is the holistic approach to drug and alcohol addiction, treatment and recovery?

What is the holistic approach to drug and alcohol addiction, treatment and recovery?

Mind, body, spirit: Holistic treatment would provide what the individual needs in order to withdraw from the addictive agent, and change the mental, emotional, social, and spiritual environment in which the addiction formed. Detox, relaxation, meditation, prayer, 12step programs, nutrition, exercise, psychotherapy, acupuncture, medications might all be used in some cases. ...Read more

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Do you know the holistic approach to drug and alcohol addiction treatment and recovery?

Do you know the holistic approach to drug and alcohol addiction treatment and recovery?

Nutrition and...: Drug & alcohol addicts usually have genetic metabolic imbalances & often benefit from high doses of vit b3 & other individualized nutrients including amino acids. They need to avoid sugar, caffeine, tobacco & food allergens. Exercise, meditation/biofeedback, counseling, medicinal herbs, homeopathy & acupuncture are also important modalities utilized in a holistic approach to recovery. ...Read more

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Do anti-depressants help most or all people with drug and alcohol addictions?

Do anti-depressants help most or all people with drug and alcohol addictions?

NO: No medication is always helpful. Given by experienced physicians antidepressants are often helpful in the appropriate setting. ...Read more

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Why do people use chocolate when seeking drug or alcohol fix for addiction and alcoholism?

Why do people use chocolate when seeking drug or alcohol fix for addiction and alcoholism?

Feels good: There are substances in chocolate which actually can stimulate the pleasure centers in one's brain so a person feels better after eating chocolate. Everything in moderation is usually sound advice as far as chocolate is concerned. I love chocolate and always have, but I know I can't eat it all the time or too much or i'll become fat. ...Read more

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What do you, docs, think about ibogaine treatment of alcohol/drugs addiction?

What do you, docs, think about ibogaine treatment of alcohol/drugs addiction?

Too little data: There's very little research data available about ibogaine to give any kind of helpful answer. ...Read more

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What are the differences between alcohol and drug addiction?

Addiction vs habit: Addiction - there is a psychological/physical component; the person is unable to control the aspects of the addiction without help because of the mental or physical conditions involved.
Choice of addiction is due to habit. Habit - it is done by choice. The person with the habit can choose to stop, and will subsequently stop successfully if they want to. Addiction habit choice -is alcohol vs drug. ...Read more

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What would experts say about alcohol or drug addiction process?

What would experts say about alcohol or drug addiction process?

Complete supervision: Either condition require a personal decision, supervision, and complete aftercare. It is very complex, yet needs to be complete. An excellent program is the clarity program out of farmington, michigan 1-248-592-1050.
Call today and get your life back. ...Read more

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How can I help my friends to quit their drug addiction and alcohol problem?

How can I help my friends to quit their drug addiction and alcohol problem?

It's. Their problem: U can't do it 4 them--help is available but they have to see the need-- try not 2 emable--let them take the consequences of their addictions. ...Read more

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Dr. Kevin Passer
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Alcoholism (Definition)

Also known as alcohol use disorder, is an addiction characterized by increased cravings, consumption, and failed efforts to ...Read more


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