Top
40
Doctor insights on: How Do I Know If My Son Has An Addiction

Share
1

1
What would make my son have a relapse in his drug addiction?

What would make my son have a relapse in his drug addiction?

No particular reason: Addictive brain gets wired differently after addiction - learn more at http://learn. Genetics. Utah. Edu/content/addiction/. ...Read more

Dr. Vasu Brown
612 Doctors shared insights

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


2

2
How can I make sure that my son is at the begining of drug addiction without he get's aware, any medical tests? Or somehow at home?

How can I make sure that my son is at the begining of drug addiction without he get's aware, any medical tests? Or somehow at home?

Be careful: I'm really urging you NOT to try to find out w/out his knowing. It can appear to put you in the wrong and perhaps still not give you a solid course of action anyway. If you can't mention your concern in the safety of another's presence (or alone) then that in itself is a problem. 'Beginning' is better than 'late', but it doesn't matter. You can't do this alone. Time for real professional help. ...Read more

3

3
My son was given a trial pack of zubsolv for oxycotin addiction. Told to take 2 a day. Should they be taken together or every 12 hours?

My son was given a trial pack of zubsolv for oxycotin addiction. Told to take 2 a day. Should they be taken together or every 12 hours?

Either Way: The FDA advises once a day dosing however, unlike antibiotics or bp meds, the only thing that matters is how the patient "feels". Buprenorphine/Naloxone is intended to satisfy the craving for opiates without the dose dependent "high" provided by oxycodone. The smallest dose that accomplishes the goal of abstinence taken at once or in divided doses is best determined by the committed patient. ...Read more

5

5
How will my addiction effect my teenage son?

Children suffer: There is a higher prevalence of depression, anxiety, eating disorders and suicide attempts among coas than among their peers. In addition, coas are 3-4 times more likely than others to become addicted to alcohol or other drugs themselves.
There is a link for your benefit - talks about parental view of this situation - http://www. Coaf. Org/family/parents%20in%20recovery/affectkid. Htm. ...Read more

6

6
Adult child in trouble with addiction in california a friend's son (33 years old) went out to ca to a specific type of client for an addiction issue. It appeared that he was going 'great' but apparently it was a lie. He is on the street and back using.

Adult child in trouble with addiction in california a friend's son (33 years old) went out to ca to a specific type of client for an addiction issue. It appeared that he was going 'great' but apparently it was a lie. He is on the street and back using.

A disease of lies: Addicts lie, it's a fact. But this is not b/c they are bad people but b/c every positive motivation they have is hijacked by the need to use. Deciding to stop is good but not enough. The 3 things that move us are thoughts, feelings & biology. We think the mind is the captain but the emotions or the body can easily overrule a mental decision. When the 2 gang up vs. The mind it's like possession. ...Read more

7

7
Son was prescribed Suboxone for opiate addiction & lexipro for mood. He's having bad nightmares. He has a health phobia & is worried about dreams.

Son was prescribed Suboxone for opiate addiction & lexipro for mood. He's having bad nightmares. He has a health phobia & is worried about dreams.

Possible side effect: Both Suboxone and lexipro are reported to cause nightmares in about 1% of those taking them; it seems to be a bigger issue for those on lexipro. It is possible that it is also a coincidence as many not on meds also have nightmares. Your son should discuss this with the doctor who prescribed these meds and explore alternatives- i'd try a different antidepressant first. Counseling may help too! ...Read more

8

8
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

9

9
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

10

10
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

11

11
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

12

12
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

13

13
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

14

14
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

15

15
How can I stop addiction?

How can I stop addiction?

Recovery program: For any addiction, you need help from your physician, often also an addiction medicine doctor, and a support group that works with the substance or behavior you're using addictively. If the addiction medicine doctor is not a psychiatrist, you also need a psychiatric evaluation so that any conditions complicating your recovery can be treated. Bottom line: don't do it alone, and you don't have to! ...Read more

16

16
How do I cure tv addiction?

Let's treat cause: An evaluation by a well trained psychiatrist should clarify the depth, strength, causative factor (s) involved.
An addiction similar to opiates or ''speed'' is unlikely. I suspect anxiety of a general to specific nature or a difficulty related to depression or compulsive behavior is more likely.
All these are easier to treat than chemical addictions. ...Read more

17

17
How is addiction a disease?

Impossible: To teach all here. With substance abuse, your brain cells change. Stop the substance and you get very sick, and some, can die. Example: alcohol wd (withdrawal), and benzo (valium like drugs)wd both can kill you. Its why jails are not allowed to keep these addicts but must admit to hosptal for safe detox, then jail. The body, esp brain cells change in an addict. Requires treatment. Google abam. ...Read more

18

18
What causes food addiction?

What causes food addiction?

Like other addict.: Latest research suggests that the underlying mechanisms of food addiction are likely similar to other substances like drugs& alcohol. Especially rich sugary foods can cause spikes in dopamine which is very reinforcing to the body and leads to seeking out more of the food to get that boost again. ...Read more

19

19
What causes drug addictions?

Nature and nurture: Genetic predisposition activated by environmental stimuli.

Get a more detailed answer ›
20

20
What counts as an addiction?

What counts as an addiction?

Behavior seeking: A person is addicted to a substance when their behavior changes to the point where they do not care about the consequences of their choices, even if it involves the legal system, and will do whatever is needed to get the substance. ...Read more

21

21
How can one fight addiction?

How can one fight addiction?

Find a specialist: To help with your addiction, see someone who specializes in addiction medicine or addiction psychiatry. The american society of addiction medicine (www. Asam. Org) and the american academy of addiction psychiatry (www. Aaap. Org) can steer you to experts in your area. ...Read more

22

22
How do drug addictions start?

How do drug addictions start?

Drug addiction: Starts by using a drug that briefly gives you pleasure or relieves distress. The most addicting drugs produce tolerance -- more drug is needed to get the same effect -- & cause withdrawal reactions -- you feel terrible as the drug leaves your body. Addictions are misguided attempts to feel good. They are temporary & can cause more problems than they solve, including permanent brain damage. ...Read more

23

23
What causes addictions to pain?

No simple answer: Sometimes people inflict physical pain on themselves to avoid feeling emotional pain. Sometimes pain has been associated with sex & therefore becomes associated with pleasurable sensations. Sometimes people inflict pain on themselves out of guilt and the punishment feels good (or at least better than the guilt). It is possible that pain releases dopamine, which often mediates other addictions. ...Read more

24

24
Facebook addiction, what to do?

Facebook: What do you do on face book other than pasting pictures.
there is no meaningful discussion, Americans as well as rest of the world don't want to know about worldly affairs.

What pleasure you get to a point, you can't leave,
one needs to know, before question get answered ...Read more

25

25
Is addiction a disease or choce?

Is addiction a disease or choce?

Disease: Drug or alcohol use may start as choices, but addiction is a set of neurobiological (brain) changes that you don't get to vote on. Just like you can choose to eat sugar, but if you develop uncontrolled blood sugar levels (diabetes), you can impact but not reverse the disorder. See http://www. Asam. Org/research-treatment/definition-of-addiction for more information. ...Read more

26

26
Is there an acceptable addiction?

Is there an acceptable addiction?

:) good question: A true addiction to any substance or behavior is never good by the very definition of addiction. Uncontrolled use or can't stop behavior that results in negative conseques to ones health and well being. Other healthy areas of ones life become neglected, self care, family friends, etc. A healthy addiction is therefore not really an addiction at all. ...Read more

27

27
How the give up addiction of sex?

How the give up addiction of sex?

Addiction?: "addiction" or dependence usually implies that (1) you're engaging in a maladaptive pattern of the activity; (2) it causes significant impairment or distress; (3) you need it more and more often, and (4) a great deal of time is spent on it to the neglect of important obligations. Sex (and eating) do not easily fit into this pattern, despite the increasing concern voiced by many. ...Read more

28

28
What medications treat addiction?

Addiction: Depends on the substance the person is addicted to, for example Antabuse (disulfiram) or Campral for alcohol addiction. ...Read more

29

29
What are some healthy addictions?

None: Any addiction is by definition unhealthy, you want to know about health habits- eat right, excercise and be happy. ...Read more

30

30
How could I control my addiction?

To what?: Although addictions have things in common, they also have differences. If alcohol and/or drugs, there are many treatment programs, both inpatient and intensive, and outpatient and somewhat less intensive. Depends on what the addiction is (gambling, eating, computer sex), what your insurance will pay for, and what other resources you have to access treatment. Talk to mental health professional. ...Read more

31

31
Any tips on stopping an addiction?

Similar techniques: Many addictions respond to similar therapy, a combination of psychosocial and medical treatment. A strong support system at its core based on the 12 steps from AA and to have a sponsor, whether this is alcohol, drugs, gambling, sex addiction, or something else. Treating addiction is typically a life-long process of rehabilitation, changing lifestyle and behaviors. See your provider for more help. ...Read more

32

32
How to stop my cheating addiction?

How to stop my cheating addiction?

Replace the behavior: Some addictions may be addressed by either treatment with therapy or an attempt to stop the unwanted behavior on your own. Cheating addiction would fall into this group. To use the phone less, you may try substituting the behavior with another rewarding but more useful behavior such as exercise. There may also be problems with the primary relationship that should be addressed in couples therapy. ...Read more

33

33
Is cutting considered an addiction?

Addictions are comp-: Ulsive, mood-altering behaviors that sooner or later cause (often significant) problems in life. What makes them an addiction is that sufferers won't or can't quit despite the problems the behaviors cause. From this point of view, cutting could be an addiction, although is it not one of the classic addictions (alcohol, sex, gambling, drugs, food, etc.) ...Read more

34

34
How do you get out of an addiction?

See the following: Websites for resources.
www. Addictionsearch. Com
addiction search is a comprehensive site dedicated to providing health consumers and professionals with up-to-date, research-based information on drug and alcohol. ..
www. Addictiontreatment. Net
drug and alcohol addiction treatment, rehabilitation and recovery program articles and resources. ...Read more

35

35
What can cause addiction to a song?

What can cause addiction to a song?

Habit: You may become so used to a particular song that it becomes sort of hard wired into the brain. In other words - it can become a habit. ...Read more

36

36
How can you stop my chip addiction?

How can you stop my chip addiction?

Few people treat: Few people treat chip addictions. The side effects are less problematic than alcohol or other drugs which is why they have been neglected. However, they can have health consequences like hbp from salt intake, stress and diabetes. Contact someone who specializes in addictions and work out a program to help you stop. ...Read more

38

38
Does tough love work with addiction?

Does tough love work with addiction?

Not by Itself: Addiction problems generally respond best when a multi-faceted approch is used. Kicking a family member out of your home will not cure their addiction. Use community resources-don't try to do it by yourself. ...Read more

39

39
What can I do to break an addiction?

See below: Seek help. You need a support system to help maintain "sobriety". ...Read more

40

40
What is the definition of addiction?

Complex: This is a difficult to answer in 400 characters. I would say that addiction is defined by the behavior that surrounds drug using behavior. This is different than simple tolerance and dependence. An individual can be dependent upon a drug without having an addiction. Therefore, addiction is more related to the cravings, manipulation, fantasies, motivations, etc. Of a substance. ...Read more