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It's a Problem: Whether it is to hydrocodone, cocaine, marijuana, or even gambling, addictive behavior is always a concern. The individual loses a sense of control & perspective. As a result, s/he begins to neglect important parts of everyday life like family, employment, health & even leisure activities. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Adverse Behaviors: Preoccupation with drug, adverse consequences associated with ignoring responsibilities, broken family relationships, committing illegal acts in order to obtain the drug but no apparent symptoms like a physical ailment.There might be constricted pupils.Best way to fight it-get help suboxone is valuable in overcoming the physical addiction. See an addiction specialist or suboxone doctor.Naabt.Org. ...Read more
Get Help: Recognize your issue. Get professional help commit to change and to do whatever is necessary to effect it. Suboxone is valuable in overcoming the physical addiction. See an addiction specialist or suboxone doctor. Detox won't work without behavioral changes. Check out naabt.Org. ...Read more
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Perhaps: Opioid drugs lower testosterone in men and interfere with the menstrual cycle in females; both can contribute to infertility. Thc also reduces testosterone and sperm counts but I am unaware if it will lead to menstrual problems without other co-occurring medical diseases. Use of stimulant drugs and/or alcohol may lead to malnutrition which may reduce fertility as well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Let's clarify this: Neither Methadone or buphrenorpine "treat" addiction. They are fda approved to maintain addictions. That's it. In other words, to keep you from withdrawing. Treatment of addiction to opiates requires: commitment, help and a plan. Once you get these 3 things, stick to the plan. Period. In life there are a lot of things that are simple but not easy. This is a great example of "simple, not easy". ...Read more
Brain development: Because adolescent's brains are still developing, they are more prone to becoming addicted. ...Read more
Do you know any social services that give help to teenagers who are recovering from drug addictions?
25% or our youth ---: I am sorry to say that i know of no companies. Hazeldon treatment center in minnesota, and elsewhere, has a sliding scale for patients who cannot afford full price or do not have health insurance. Most big health insurers cover addiction treatment. For free resources to treat addiction try aa, and na, as well as nami (national alliance on mental illness). For funding try gofundme.Com. ...Read more
Can you tell me how to get over my addiction of overdosing myself with prescribed drugs whenever I am upset or angry?
Analysis: Self destructive behavior suggests an inward hated or anger. Trying to understand the cause of that anger or Unforgiveness of self requires contemplation and insight, which may need some guidance from a therapist or psychologist. Opening up your thoughts and feelings to a trained therapist, can lead to a road of recovery. ...Read more
I'm worried because my daughter (and only child) 32yrs sick with a bad drug/alcohal addiction for the past 3nd1/2 yrs and, what do you suggest?
Alcoholism: Alcohol/drug abuse is a very challenging illness -- not only because it is deadly, but also because the ill person may not be interested in change. Desire for drugs can eclipse everything else in life. Your first step could be attending alanon, which educates ; supports family members. Trained interventionists can also help families intervene with their loved ones so that they accept help. ...Read more
Some cultures use drugs for centuries (like khat) is "addiction" just a modern phenomenon? Can addictive substances be used safely in other cultures?
Universal: Addiction occurs in every culture and every country. There is no safe place to use addictive substances. If you have a genetic predisposition to addiction, refrain completely. Remember, "No matter where you go, there you are." the image here is khat teeth. A detailed review of consequences of KHAT is available here http://apt.rcpsych.org/content/9/6/456.full ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Yes: The addictions cross each other. If you stop drinking alcohol and start using pills you are still at the same spot. And it may not be drugs alone ...Gambling, food, sex, porn...And so forth may replace your drug of choice...But, in the end, however you slice it... You stand at the same, spot....Alone, miserable, disoriented...And once in a while thinking, where... Did all friends and loved one disappear.. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many: Loss of individual productivity, disruptions of the family unit causing society to support the family, behavioral consequences to the addicts family , criminal consequences, the least of which are thefts, murders, etc. Most serious is the loss of life from unintended overdoses with multiple other consequences. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Other opioids: Even Vicodin, which was considered less addictive, has been moved up to Schedule II because of it's addictive properties. Some people even abuse codeine, but less often. Pretty much any narcotic medication has the potential for addiction in the same way Percocet does. Addiction is not the same as tolerance which is a normal, expected physiological response. ...Read more
Many: Being harmfully involved with substances causes a broad range of difficulties in a young persons life, including academic difficulties, health-related problems (including mental health), poor peer relationships, and involvement with the juvenile justice system. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Below: Younger brains will have more pronounced neurotransmitter effect when exposed to the same amount of drug, which will lead to more significant establishment of cravings in persons who are more impulsive. Since brains are still developing, one may be moe likely to see long eterm neurological deterioration. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See below: People who are addicted didn't choose to be addicted. More evidence that there is a strong genetic component, that an addicts brain is different even before they ever ingest an addictive drug. Their brain responds different to rewards. And once in place the chemistry and nerve changes make it difficult to arrest. But like other chronic diseases, it does respond to treatment, not unlike diabetes. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
May help: The answer to questions such as "are whirlpool baths really necessary to overcome drug addiction" is: no, it is no necessary. But it may be used as one part of the many means to reach the desired end. Thus can be especially effective in the patient's trying to overcome opiate withdrawals. ...Read more
Yes: Alcoholism and other drug addiction have genetic and environmental causes. Both have serious consequences for children who live in homes where parents are involved. More than 28 million americans are children of alcoholics; nearly 11 million are under the age of 18. This figure is magnified by the countless number of others who are affected by parents who are impaired by other psychoactive drugs. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Get help...: Most addicts do not want to stop and think that they can stop on their own. An addiction is hard to overcome alone. Drugs activate parts of the brain that make you feel good, but the good feelings last for less and less time and you need more and more of the substance to get the high. Contact a therapist or rehab program get help asap. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
You bet they do: Some advice: if a family member or a close friend seems to be acting strangely and you suspect is addicted to drugs, you might discuss possible available help programs or accompany them to a doctor visit. But, your best avenue might be to contact a drug addiction group or even alcoholics anonymous for their advice on handling addictive personalities. ...Read more
No: To assess addiction, whether it's behavior or a substance we need to know how the addiction interfering with your life, whether you spend most of the day involved in addictive behavior. Any of these can lead to the loss of job, family, life-savings. Asking what is better, behavioral addiction or drug addictions is like asking what is better, prescription drug addiction or illegal drug addiction. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
That depends: Any prescribed drug that could potentially cause an addiction, like a sedative, a stimulant or a narcotic, as examples, will have a different half-life and impact on the receptors in the body that are altered by chronic use. So the time to completely recover after abstinence depends on the drug but also on your specific risk of addiction as well. ...Read more
Yes: Contact the nearest medical school/teaching hospital in your area. ...Read more
Good question: Theoretically once someone has been addicted to a drug, they are always addicted. Therefore, infants who are addicted to drugs during pregnancy are addicted for life. They are at higher risk of reverting to drugs as adults & would need to be warned of this. They also are at higher risk due to their mother's addiction. Dr al sclar is an expert in these kinds of addictions. ...Read more
Can overdosing on certain drugs lead to addiction of that drug after you recover from the overdose?
Will letting my kid experiment with drugs under our supervision be a good way to fend off addiction?
Absolutely not: I can't give a categorical no strong enough. First, exposure to the drug is often what leads to the addiction in the first place. They may do some with you, but also some elsewhere, and it doesn't take much to become addicted. Second, it's giving your approval that this is ok. That's a big line to cross over. And third, it's illegal, and can get you all arrested. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers