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Doctor insights on: How Does Addiction To Psychoactive Substances Differ From Substance Abuse

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Can you tell me how i could explain substance abuse and a gambling addiction to a child?

Can you tell me how i could explain substance abuse and a gambling addiction to a child?

Disease model: Explain that substance abuse and gambling addictions are diseases like diabetes or high blood pressure. People with these problems are not bad people and they did not cause the disease. Both substance abuse and gambling addiction have effective treatments available that may help the individual return to normal functioning. ...Read more

Dr. Vasu Brown
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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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Describe how addiction differs from substance abuse ? isnt it the same

Describe how addiction differs from substance abuse ? isnt it the same

Dependence: Abuse: periodic heavy use that negatively impacts life (I.e., weekend binge drinker who gets one or more DUIs)., but no physical/psychological dependence. Addiction: person experiences negative life outcomes from use as well as needs the substance to function, and has physical/psychological dependence - goes through withdrawal without substance and is preoccupied with use. ...Read more

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What's the best way when afraid to admit you need help with substance abuse addiction that works and helps get you in the right direction?

What's the best way when afraid to admit you need help with substance abuse addiction that works and helps get you in the right direction?

Asking for help: This is a good start on the internet, however the next step can cause more anxiety but once you do it you will be glad you did. Call someone and make an appoinment for help, be that your doctor, couselor, going to an aa or na meeting, perhaps even contacting a inpatient or out patient rehab. Make that call, you can do it, it does get better with help, and there is lots of help out there. ...Read more

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Any substance abuse treatment centers for people with ketamine addiction?

Any substance abuse treatment centers for people with ketamine addiction?

AAC: Ketamine is gaining popularity as a club drug between young adults. Separate perception from sensation. Call american addiction centers at 866- 572-1806. ...Read more

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Who should I see for my anxiety from extreme drug cravings?Addiction counselor? Therapist? Drug detox? Cbt? I can't get rid my substance abuse mindset.

Who should I see for my anxiety from extreme drug cravings?Addiction counselor? Therapist? Drug detox? Cbt? I can't get rid my substance abuse mindset.

See below: See an addiction psychiatrist or a physician certified by the american board of addiction medicine. Both societies have websites. While you may benefit from inpatient treatment, there is no rule that every detox from a particular drug requires such. ...Read more

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What is the diferences between drug abuse and drug addiction?

What is the diferences between drug abuse and drug addiction?

Abuse vs dependence: Drug abuse is using too much ; having consequences. Dependence, or addiction, involves development of craving ; compulsion, tolerance ; @ times withdrawal. An alcohol abuser drive drunk ; get a dui, but isn't compelled to drink again, nor lose control once starting to drink. An alcoholic may be able to stay sober or have 1 drink @ times, but sometimes can't avoid the first drink ; then can't stop. ...Read more

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Where do I find freemental health and substance abuse services?

Where do I find freemental health and substance abuse services?

12 step programs: If you are in massachusetts you can come to my office on fridays. You can find help in 12 step programs. http://nami.org/ - national alliance for mentally ill would have resources you can find out about. ...Read more

Dr. Vasu Brown
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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 Problems (Definition)

Drug problems are clinical findings in which a person is withdrawing from a drug or his drug use is interfering with his ability ...Read more