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Doctor insights on: Having A Baby With The Father Being A Drug Addict

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Please tell me what should I do if my father has a drug addiction?

Please tell me what should I do if my father has a drug addiction?

Your father has to: recognize that he has a problem and he has to want to do something about it. Families often feel helpless, hopeless, angry, ashamed and guilty, in various combinations. Concerned family members can present their worries to him trying to help him see the problem, but this often results in denial and anger on her part. Attend Alanon meetings for your own sake, not hers, it may help with enabling. ...Read more

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Dr. Vasu Brown
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Drug Addiction (Definition)

Drug addiction is a compulsive physical or psychological ...Read more


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How much more likely is the child of a drug addict to develop an addiction himself, even if he was adopted away as a baby?

How much more likely is the child of a drug addict to develop an addiction himself, even if he was adopted away as a baby?

There is a genetic: Component to most illnesses that we humans can get, and that component is substantial in addiction. The child of an addict is 8 times more likely to develop an addiction that someone without an addicted parent. At the same time, the incidence of heroin dependence, for instance, is only 0.03%. ...Read more

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After a drug addict recovers can they have a healthy baby?

After a drug addict recovers can they have a healthy baby?

Depends on variables: The lifestyle of addiction can sometimes lead to injury to the sensitive structures that support normal pregnancy.(std's) if those structures are healthy & recovery is stable, a normal pregnancy may be possible.Discussion of the issue with an obstetrician may give you more realistic answers. ...Read more

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How to deal with a drug addict?

How to deal with a drug addict?

See below: Coming face-to-face with reality means accepting that parts of your life may be out of control as a result of loving someone who is engaging in addictive behaviours. The only person you have any control over is yourself. You do not have control over anything the addicted person does. ...Read more

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How do I know if i'm a drug addict or not?

How do I know if i'm a drug addict or not?

Stop and see: Stop your habit and see whether you can go on with your life. ...Read more

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Can a drug addict can sincerely love someone?

Can a drug addict can sincerely love someone?

Addict in love: Sure, if judgement is not affected by the illicit drugs. ...Read more

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Could a drug addict get help if he/she doesn't want to be helped?

Not easy to overcome: The value of various drug treatment programs and group meetings such as NA is that sometimes when an unmotivated drug addict hears other people talking about their problems, they get insight into their own. In these situations an unmotivated person might become motivated for help. . This is not an easy barrier to overcome ...Read more

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What are the signs and symptoms of a drug addict?

What are the signs and symptoms of a drug addict?

Addiction: A harmful pattern of use characterized by tolerance, withdrawal, using more of the substance than intended, persistent desire or unsuccessful attempts to cut down or stop using, significant periods of time spent using or obtaining the substance at the expense of other major life responsibilities, and continuing to use despite the knowledge of significant adverse effects on your life. ...Read more

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How can I have a drug addict and alcoholic committed?

How can I have a drug addict and alcoholic committed?

Differences by state: Each state has its own procedure, so you would need to check with the magistrate in your area. Generally for commitment, the person needs to be both mentally ill and dangerous to self or others. Alcohol and drug abuse may or may not meet these criteria. In some states, "gravely disabled" (judgment is so impaired that the person is incapable of accepting treatment) substitutes for mentally ill. ...Read more

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Life expectancy for a smoking drug addict?

Less than : 10 years, if by drugs you are referring to opioids (heroin, oxycodone, fentanyl, Vicodin). The average opioid addict has a 10 year life expectancy from their date of first use. ...Read more

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If i'm a known drug addict, will i be prescribed opiates?

If i'm a known drug addict, will i be prescribed opiates?

Unlikely: Prescribing opiates, which are potentially addictive, may harm a person who is known to already be addicted to drugs by reinforcing addictive behavior. ...Read more

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A jerk. I'm not some hardcore drug addict, i just enjoy opiates sometimes. Is that an issue?

A jerk. I'm not some hardcore drug addict, i just enjoy opiates sometimes. Is that an issue?

Yes, can be: If you're using opiates for any other purpose than what they're medically intended for, yes this can be "an issue." opiates are controlled substances because they can be habit forming and dangerous if misused. Also, the self-absorption one can develop with addiction can indeed make one behave like "a jerk" to others in life. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me some good ways to get someone to intervene in a drug addict's addiction?

Can you please tell me some good ways to get someone to intervene in a drug addict's addiction?

Addiction: Go to an al-anon meeting for support and guidance in how to intervene. Also consider being direct in a caring manner with the person you are concerned with and tell him how much you are worried about him or her and ask him to go for treatment. If he is resistant talk of attending an aa or na meeting. Best. ...Read more

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Would you prescribe pain meds to a prior drug addict if they need them for a car injury from two years ago?

Would you prescribe pain meds to a prior drug addict if they need them for a car injury from two years ago?

Yes: However, as I have a suboxone license that would be my first choice because addicts on it rarely escalate the dose and it is an excellent pain reliever. Pain management physicians should, however be consulted first as they have many other options to offer first. ...Read more

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What happens if a drug addict, alcoholic, smoker was in a comer for 12 months - would he crave on waking up?

What happens if a drug addict, alcoholic, smoker was in a comer for 12 months - would he crave on waking up?

Addict after coma?: Without treatment, a coma, which would create a situation of forced abstinence, would NOT treat addiction. It may allow someone to avoid withdrawal. Of course, they would also have the added trauma of recovery from a 12 month coma. Specific treatment to address addiction, which may include psychotherapy, motivational techniques, 12 step, meds, & more is needed 4 addiction treatment. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if a drug addict, alcoholic, smoker was in a comer for 12 months - would he crave on waking up?

Can you tell me if a drug addict, alcoholic, smoker was in a comer for 12 months - would he crave on waking up?

Hard to say: Craving is more complex than just physical dependency, and involves psychological/emotional issues as well. I think it would also depend on the cause of his coma, and what level of normal consciousness he achieves after awakening. ...Read more

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I was a drug addict while being a teenager now I feel this need to always cobsume everything food alcohol buying things etc.. How can I treat this?

Generalized baehavio: Tendency to want to have "all or none" and having difficulties with self control can color the personality traits in someone with addiction problems, impulse control is another trait that is associated with that. Psychotherapy and medication can help, provided the person is motivated to change and make progress. ...Read more

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If someone is a drug addict can i have them committed to some type of rehab center against their will? Just as u can do with ppl with mental problems

If someone is a drug addict can i have them committed to some type of rehab center against their will? Just as u can do with ppl with mental problems

No: not against their will unless they becomes dangerous to themselves or to others. The corner stone of rehab is a commitment from the patient if they are minor the guardian might be able to commit them ...Read more

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How can I describe a drug addict?

How can I describe a drug addict?

You can't: because lots of different kinds of people develop addiction to drugs and alcohol, and there are as many differences between them as there are similarities. In other words, while the behaviors may look very similar, the people took vastly different roads to get to that place, but all we see are the people who are IN THAT PARTICULAR place. Stereotypes may help us describe but not explain them. ...Read more