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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

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 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 are the risks to preteens of drug and alcohol addiction?

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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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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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

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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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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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Help please! is drug addiction formed the same way as alcohol addiction or any other addiction?

Help please! is drug addiction formed the same way as alcohol addiction or any other addiction?

Yes: Yes often drug and alcohol addicition starts as a poor way to cope with stress and low self esteem and as reliance and use of these agents continue- an addiction is started. But it is important to note that addiction has a strong genetic component as well. Often this is reflected in strong family history of addiction. In any case seek help from your dr if you have an addiction. ...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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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'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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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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How to fight alcohol addiction?

Answer: Admit you have a problem. Go to treatment and do everything they tell you to do. Then work the steps. ...Read more

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How do you treat alcohol addiction?

3 Areas: Begin with a comprehensive alcohol and drug evaluation. Then based on the results, there are 3 areas of treatment to consider. Depending on symptoms and underlying causes: (1) medication for depression, anxiety or other areas. (2) psychotherapy to address issues related to self-esteem, selfishness, power and control. (3) consider a self-help group like alcohol anonymous. ...Read more

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What should I do to curb alcohol addiction?

What should I do to curb alcohol addiction?

Attend AA: First step would be to attend alcoholics anonymous regularly, and find a sponsor. There are meetings everywhere, at all times of the day plus weekends. Check out http://www.Aa.Org you may also want to work with an addiction medicine physician -- even better if this is also a psychiatrist, in case there are any mental health conditions that could interfere with your recovery. Take care! ...Read more

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I need help recovering from alcohol addiction?

I need help recovering from alcohol addiction?

Get help: If you are aware that you need to fight the battle, you are ahead of the game. An addiction to alcohol is a serious problem that anyone who has needs help to recover. You can talk to a therapist who specializes in alcohol treatment, attend AA meetings or both. Good luck the 1st step is to realize that you need help and you can overcome it! ...Read more

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What are the risk factors for alcohol addiction?

What are the risk factors for alcohol addiction?

Heredity: 1 parent: Who's alcohol dependent means 34% more risk, 2 parents means 4x more risk, & 2 parents & grandfather means 9x more risk for a male. Environment: if everyone around you drinks, if drinking is considered respectable or expected, if you have lots of stress or emotional problems, or you self-medicate w/ alcohol, you are more likely to drink excessively. Longer habits become stronger. ...Read more

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Alcohol addiction may have a cure, what could it be?

Alcohol addiction may have a cure, what could it be?

Who knows?: You are right it may have a cure....But nobody knows what it is. ...Read more

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