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Is Drug Addiction A Mental Illness Or A Personal Choice
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
Both: Mental illness and substance abuse (sa) can be co- occurring disorders. Sa by itself can be seen as a mental illness. Some conditions like depression and anxiety can be causative factors or can be as a result of the substance being used. However the chemical dependency is usually treated first. Then it is easier to know if its a cause or an effect. Getting clean is the path as u treat the others. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
ASk him: Does he want help? If he does not sadly there is not a lot you can force on him as he is an adult. If he is open to help make an appointment with your physician and/or a psychiatrist. You may also find that acupuncture and chinese medicine help by helping the body balance...Again only if he goes and is compliant. He may also benefit form medication. I am also a big fan of prayer. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is it normal to have more then one mental illness? Ex bipolar 1 mixed , .Ptsd, anorexia, .Substance abuse disorder,
Many factors: When it comes to drug use, the causes are likely multifactorial. Being genetically predisposed, being raised by addicted parents, learning to use substances to cope, not learning to cope with feelings. Etc, etc. The important thing is really not what caused the problem, but getting help to fix it. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Are drug-alcohol addictions a diagnosed mental illness? Is it a way of life that may involve disorders?
Addiction+ diagnosis: Addiction to substances of all kinds are listed in a section of the diagnostic & statistical manual (dsm). However, addictions to alcohol and other drugs are actually a metabolic disorder wherein the brain does not process alcohol or other mood altering substances in a normal way. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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