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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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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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One of my docs want me off my revia (naltrexone) due to my liver levels, my psych wants me to stay on it due to substance abuse history how can I get them to agree?

One of my docs want me off my revia (naltrexone) due to my liver levels, my psych wants me to stay on it due to substance abuse history how can I get them to agree?

Insure that you: have signed authorization for release of medical information - to allow the physicians to dialog. Sometimes the patient is used as the go-between for medical providers. That is not optimum. ...Read more

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Why is my dad addicted to smoking? How can I help him quit?

Why is my dad addicted to smoking? How can I help him quit?

It is an addiction: and he may need help to overcome it. Tell him you love him and want him to live as long as possible so that he can be part of your life and his grand children's lives and that smoking jeopardizes that. Hypnosis could help, but he has to want to stop smoking for it to work. ...Read more

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My boyfriend has an addiction to oxycontin, how can I get him to quit?

Addiction: First, he needs to want to quit. The following is a good resourse for both of you: http://suboxone.Com/default.Aspx. ...Read more

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My mom is addicted to opiates. How can I help her?

My mom is addicted to opiates. How can I help her?

For her, nothing you: Can do except tell her how you feel. For yourself, getting family counseling and/or attending Alanon meetings (a self-help group for family members of addicts) can help you deal with your guilt, shame, anger, concern and all the other feelings you likely have. Nobody can make anybody else change - she has to want to. People in alanon or counselors can help you understand what you can/can't do. ...Read more

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What can I do if my bro who is 16 is into smoking. How can I help to wean him off this habit?

What can I do if my bro who is 16 is into smoking. How can I help to wean him off this habit?

You can't, he can: If he doesn't want to stop, he won't. Its a physiologic dependency on a molecule, an addiction, not a habit. Show him how much money he will be spending, and guarantee him he will try to quit and it will be costly. Also tell him girls/chicks hate kissing an ashtray. ...Read more

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How can I talk to my mom about getting help for her alcohol addiction?

How can I talk to my mom about getting help for her alcohol addiction?

W/another family mbr: This would probably best be accomplished with the help of another family member. Try seeking out the help of a local al anon chapter, or perhaps a religious leader that know the family. The family doctor may be able to help. ...Read more

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How can I get my family member to stop smoking marijuana?

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How can I get my family member to stop smoking marijuana?

Find reason to stop: Changing any behavior is hard. The starting point is to find at least one reason to change. Recreational drugs are highly enjoyable. Therefore, they are very difficult to stop. Imagine you have a favorite hobby. What would it take for you to give it up? First step in helping someone quit drug is to help the individual find motivation to quit. You can try yourself or seek professional help. ...Read more

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My girlfriend is addicted to amphetamines. How can I help her?

My girlfriend is addicted to amphetamines. How can I help her?

Family therapy: Nobody can help an addict, ultimately, except the addict herself. However, family members can do things to help, including letting the person know how much you care about them, and that you want them to live long and healthy lives, which amphetamines are not likely to promote. Go to an alanon meeting for help and support on how you can help yourself-with guilt, shame anger.This can help her too. ...Read more

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How can I help my brother get over his addiction to morphine?

How can I help my brother get over his addiction to morphine?

With help/commitment: Big question. Is he asking for help, or not? Is he saying "i should quit" or "i want to quit"? Should is a word that sounds like "i need to..." but really means"...But i'm not".Is this your idea or his?Nowadays, morphine is not a street addiction, it's usually medical. Have him talk to his doc. Street addictions are usually oxy-/hydrocodone. Narc-anon is another place to start if no md can help. ...Read more

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My brother is addicted to alcohol . How can I help him to come out of this addiction. Started drinking in morning also.He is diabetic and has bp, depre?

Is Alanon in India?: Alanon is part of the 12-step programs. It has the best success rate helping people who love or care about an alcoholic. If you can find a meeting, please go. Otherwise read what you can on their approach. There is only a little you can do for him but to be honest, caring and firm in refusing to help him hurt himself. It is very hard (as you know) and alanon offers support. Have faith in yourself. ...Read more

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How can I convince my mom to get an ecig with no nicotine?

How can I convince my mom to get an ecig with no nicotine?

It's up to her: People do not stop habits, good or bad, because other people ask or even insist on it. She has to want to change. I am not a fan of e-cigs as a smoking cessation device, although i understand the "harm reduction" arguments. There are better ways to stop smoking. Leave smoking cessation materials with her, don't nag - tell her you love her and want her to have a long/healthy life. ...Read more

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My mother drinks a lot and i don't want to say alcoholic but what can I do to help her quit the drinking or how can she start?

My mother drinks a lot and i don't want to say alcoholic but what can I do to help her quit the drinking or how can she start?

Alcoholism: I am very proud of you being willing to help your mom. But, this is not your job. Her job is to go to her family doctor and to ask for help. There is also a program called alcoholics anonymous that has meetings where she can go talk to others with a problem drinking and ask for help while she figures this out. Another good source of information is drug and alcohol treatment centers. ...Read more

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My father is very addicted to illegal drugs. How can I help him?

My father is very addicted to illegal drugs. How can I help him?

Get help: Unfortunately its very difficult to get someone to quit using drugs. You may talk to him and let him know how it is affecting all those around him. Even so an addict at times has to hit bottom before he may want to get help. Do your best to get him to an narcotis anonymous meeting or maybe do a family intervention. Speak to an addictions councelor and they would know best. ...Read more

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How can I get my friends to understand that I really have quit drugs and alcohol for good?

How can I get my friends to understand that I really have quit drugs and alcohol for good?

Can be hard: Probably the best way is to commit to, and keep working on, your program. If you're in a 12 step program, excellent. You can get a sponsor and work your steps. People who abuse drugs & alcohol often hurt people close to them, and those people can be self-protective. It can be hard for you to be patient, but they probably need time to observe what you do. As the saying goes, "easy does it.". ...Read more

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What to do if i recently quit cocaine and heavy drinking. Any tips on how to stay sober?

What to do if i recently quit cocaine and heavy drinking. Any tips on how to stay sober?

You need a support: System. Encourage you to become involved in 12 step programs such as narcotics anonymous and alcoholics anonymous asap. Obtain a sponsor (even if it is only a temporary sponsor). If you are not already working with an addiction medicine specialist - this would be very beneficial. ...Read more

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If i constantly have the potential/temptation to abuse my ADHD meds/other drugs is it a good idea to give my meds to my wife to give me?

If i constantly have the potential/temptation to abuse my ADHD meds/other drugs is it a good idea to give my meds to my wife to give me?

FDA Class II: This could certainly help. However, the temptation will not go away and likely to increase as time goes on. Discussing the topic with a psychiatrist is important. These are class ii fda controlled medications and the prescribing doctor should be made aware of your intention to have someone else monitor the medication for you. He or she would most likely want to meet them at list once. ...Read more

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Substance Abuse (Definition)

Substance abuse refers to a dependence on a harmful or addictive substance, most often drugs or alcohol. The substance is often used to suppress difficult feelings and results in impaired intimate and work relationships. Substance abuse is diagnosed by observing the pattern of use, looking for tolerance, and withdrawal upon halting the use of the substance. Recovery begins with the substance abuser admitting being out of control and ...Read more


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Drug Addiction (Definition)

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