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If someone knows smoking is bad for them, why can they still not break the addiction?

If someone knows smoking is bad for them, why can they still not break the addiction?

Addiction: You said the key word "Addiction". Can be psychological & more so physiological. Addiction entails continued use inspite of awareness of health consequences. ...Read more

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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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Help with unintentional benzodiazepine addiction? Can't find dr who knows anything about slow taper. The ashton manuel? Anyone?

Help with unintentional benzodiazepine addiction?  Can't find dr who knows anything about slow taper.  The ashton manuel? Anyone?

See below : Your best bet is to contact the american society of addiction medicine for a specialist near you. Beware, most addiction specialists do not have a lot of experience with this. ...Read more

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What is a good way to support my girlfriend who is struggling addiction?

What is a good way to support my girlfriend who is struggling addiction?

Attend Al-Anon: Encourage her to attend aa or na, ask her how you can help her remain drug free and with her permission talk to her therapists. ...Read more

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I have been struggling with porn addiction for the last 13 years. I am trying to break this habit so i get my life into order. Any advice?

I have been struggling with porn addiction for the last 13 years. I am trying to break this habit so i get my life into order.  Any advice?

Recovery - saa works: Addiction to any compulsive sexual behavior, whether porn, voyeurism, massage parlors, anonymous hookups, prostitution, is possible through working the 12 steps w/ a sponsor in saa (sex addicts anonymous). Visit www.Sexaa.Org for more information. If there are no meetings in your area you can start one, attend online or telephone meetings. Recovery is possible ; there is a lot of hope ; help. ...Read more

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I have had bulimia for 10 years and have tried everything possible for recovering. Fail. Do you believe bulimia is an addiction or a disease?

I have had bulimia for 10 years and have tried everything possible for recovering. Fail.  Do you believe bulimia is an addiction or a disease?

Bulimia: Bulimia is a serious psychiatric illness, and requires ongoing psychiatric treatment including psychotherapy. You especially need to learn your own individual triggers for relapse and set up contingency plans for those situations. Medications can help when depression and anxiety are involved. Abusing other substances may co-occur and complicate recovery. Healing is a journey, not an end. ...Read more

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I went to see my aunt today so wonderin what alcohol/drugs cause squirmin n lot more gigglin to she has history of alcohol n dtug addiction please hel?

I went to see my aunt today so wonderin what alcohol/drugs cause squirmin n lot more gigglin to she has history of alcohol n dtug addiction please hel?

Could be anything: Getting "high" usually includes a sense of euphoria and decreased inhibition. The symptoms you describe could be from abuse of almost anything or even represent an underlying medical or psychological condition. Have you talked to her about getting help? Also, not to be judgemental, but i hope you are not on all 3 of the medications on your profile at the same time. Opiates can be addictive. ...Read more

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What causes addiction?

What causes addiction?

"Liking": Liking something whether it be a substance or activity to the point where there is a preoccupation resulting in harm.. Probably has to do with Dopamine in the brain which some people get more of a boost from than others. This is heavily genetically influenced. Some substances have such a profound effect that they tend to be more "addictive" than others-like smoked methamphetamine or nicotine. ...Read more

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Is addiction a disease?

Is addiction a disease?

Yes.: Addiction is a family disease, affecting the person who is using and all of the people who are close to the one who is using. ...Read more

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Is addiction hereditary?

Yes: About 50 percent of addiction is attributred to heredity. For some indivuduals this may be a higher percentage for others that develop addiction it may be lower. Usually heredity must cross with life circumstances, trauma, high stress, lack of coping skills, . Or even exposure to high amounts of a substance over time will change brain 'chemistry' and increase risk of addiction independent of genes. ...Read more

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Can I cure my addiction?

Can I cure my addiction?

Yes: Yes you can - need a support system to deal with stress management and coping - being clean is only half the battle developing healthy stress management will be the key of being drug free. ...Read more

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