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Is drug addiction is a choice or a disease?

Is drug addiction is a choice or a disease?

Disease: It is often described as a chronic relapsing brain disease. Nobody chooses to become an addict. ...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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Is drug addiction a disease or a choice?

Is drug addiction a disease or a choice?

Recovery is a choice: Most people need treatment to help arrest there addiction, lots of help. Some choose that help and others don't, i'm not alway sure why. I will tell you this, it does not always have to do with how "bad" their addiction was or how much drugs or alcohol people used, at some point they just make that decision and accept the help they need, aa calls it a "spiritual awakening", its why I do this. ...Read more

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Is drug addiction chronical disease?

Is drug addiction chronical disease?

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 more

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When is drug addiction considered a disease?

When is drug addiction considered a disease?

When a disease?: Most consider drug addiction or alcohol addiction a disease because an individual loses control over its use, and uses even when the addict and others around them are hurt by continued use. ...Read more

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Why can drug addiction be considered a disease?

Why can drug addiction be considered a disease?

Illness: Addiction process rewires brain reward pathway and is an illness vs disease. ...Read more

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Why is drug addiction labeled a disease?

Why is drug addiction labeled a disease?

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 more

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Help please! is drug addiction a brain disease?

Help please! is drug addiction a brain disease?

Addiction = disease: It looks and often feels like voluntary behavior, but addiction is a disease. See the video, "pleasure unwoven, " available from www.Instituteforaddictionstudy.Com or watch it in segments on youtube. Explains why addiction is a brain disease & not a choice. ...Read more

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Is drug addiction considered a complex brain disease?

Is drug addiction considered a complex brain disease?

Not quite sure: What you mean. Any brain problem is "complex" because the brain is complex. So yes, drug addiction is a complex brain illness. ...Read more

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Drug addiction is considered a complex brain disease? Why make it such a complex issue?

Drug addiction is considered a complex brain disease?  Why make it such a complex issue?

Beautiful mind: Watch the movie beautiful mind - knowing he has a problem he chooses his response, same way it does not matter what the issue is based on it is the choices that people make creates the healing or addiction process. Addiction is a community issue when a person is under inflence they are a danger to children and community. To integrate people with issues we need rules to have a healthy society. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Vasu Brown
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Drug Addiction (Definition)

Drug addiction is a dangerous condition where people are addicted to, or dependent on, illicit or other ...Read more