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Is any difference in effectiveness of behavior modification and operant conditioning for weight loss?

Is any difference in effectiveness of behavior modification and operant conditioning for weight loss?

Done right both work: Operant conditioning is a form of behavior modification. Behavior modification is based in part on these basic principles: if someone receives what is considered a reward after engaging in certain behavior, that behavior will be strengthened or occur more often. If someone receives no reward, that behavior will weaken or occur less often. It is up to you to set up what behaviors get what rewards. ...Read more

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Addiction (Definition)

Addiction is a condition in which a person has a strong, persistent physical and psychological need for a habit-forming substance (such as alcohol, cigarettes, or cocaine) or an activity (such as gambling). The person usually suffers physical or psychological withdrawal symptoms if he is unable to continue getting what ...Read more

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If I am going through a depression, am I more likely to develop an addiction?

If I am going through a depression, am I more likely to develop an addiction?

Without help, maybe.: Depression can, untreated, lead to all kinds of destructive behavior including abuse of drugs or alcohol. Depression clouds judgement, blunts at times moral and ethical standards and may cause life style decisions to be made out of a cloud of hopeless an helpless feelings. Decisions made during an untreated depression cause havoc in ones life including choices leading to addiction. ...Read more

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Overcoming Addiction & Substance Withdrawal (Checklist)

Know you can overcome the addiction
Hourly
Seek help and guidance from a professional
Once
Seek help and guidance from someone who has overcome the same thing
Once
Do not associate with users
Once
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How to help someone through drug addiction?

How to help someone through drug addiction?

Depends on what you: mean by 'help.' Nobody can make someone else change, but they can present their concerns, love, caring and arguments about how the problem is hurting them, and hope that it makes a dent. You can attend Alanon meetings for YOURSELF, and learn to deal with your anger, shame, guilt and other emotions related to your friend/family member. Again, be caring and supportive, but nagging doesn't work. ...Read more

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How can I help someone through drug addiction?

How can I help someone through drug addiction?

Tough question: When push comes to shove, only the person with addiction can help themselves. We can help family/loved ones by being caring, loving and supportive, and by not enabling their addiction (making excuses for them, fixing their screw-ups, giving them money for drugs/alcohol etc.). Alanon is a self-help program for the people who care about those with addiction, and meetings can help you help yourself. ...Read more

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Overcoming Addiction & Substance Withdrawal (Checklist)

councilling
1 hrs, every other day for 3 months
tell your doctor, seek medical care
daily
develop support network, stop lying, tell family
daily
12 step program support
daily
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Will clonoipin and Valium help me through the first 5 days of my physical addiction to opioids?

Will clonoipin and Valium help me through the first 5 days of my physical addiction to opioids?

No it won't: I agree with dr. Fowler that trying to detox yourself from opiates is a really bad idea. Also, benzodiazepines have no cross-tolerance with opiates -- so no, they won't help with opiate withdrawal symptoms. Please see either your own doctor or an addiction medicine physician. The latter than also help you get more support than pills alone. Be well. ...Read more

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I went through rapid detox for opiate addiction several years ago. After relapsing my withdrawal symptoms seem more intense. Is there a connection?

I went through rapid detox for opiate addiction several years ago. After relapsing my withdrawal symptoms seem more intense. Is there a connection?

No: Rapid detox is a method used to withdraw from an opiate medication that is advertised to be painless. There is no scientific evidence that this is the case. Patients undergoing rapid detox have been shown to have just as severe withdrawal symptoms as those without it. ...Read more

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Overcoming Addiction & Substance Withdrawal (Checklist)

find a likable hobby
2x day
Start cutting down your substance by 25%
weekly
eat healthy and exercise regularly
2x day

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