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Is it possible to become addicted to a drug even if you have only tried it once?

Is it possible to become addicted to a drug even if you have only tried it once?

Possibly?: Everyone who is currently addicted had to start somewhere. Some addicts in hindsight will say they were hooked after their first use. Some aren't. Genetics alone likely plays a very strong role in a person whom becomes addicted very quickly. Some substances are inherently more addictive. Not to be offensive but there are not too many social users of heroin or crack cocaine. Nor cigarettes either. ...Read more

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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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How quickly can I become addicted to a drug?

How quickly can I become addicted to a drug?

Just one use is enou: Some people get addicted just by experimenting while some don't depends on the response from brain - so best is to say no to experimenting drugs. I saw a girl who used stimulant once and developed seizures lost her balance now have poor memory - so once is also dangerous. ...Read more

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Is it possible to become addicted to club drugs like ecstasy?

Is it possible to become addicted to club drugs like ecstasy?

It depends: "club drugs" like ecstasy can actually consist of anything. Drug dealers often substitute other drugs like php and then call it ecstasy. As you can imagine, none is fda approved for safety, purity, or effectiveness, to say the least. Some of these drugs can be very addicting, such as ghb. Think of yourself as a volunteer guinea pig: you never know what will happen. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if a baby got addicted to drugs. Would they eventually forget their addiction?

Can you tell me if a baby got addicted to drugs. Would they eventually forget their addiction?

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

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Isn't addiction to the internet better than being addicted to substances such as drugs, alcohol or smoking ?

Isn't addiction to the internet better than being addicted to substances such as drugs, alcohol or smoking ?

The good race, eh?: No addiction is good, nor is it appropriate to compare. Gaming addiction can lead to financial ruin, interpersonal catastrophe, loss of work, poor hygiene, felonious behavior, and the consequent social ills so associated. As can any addictive behavior. This sounds like a rationalization. If you have or suspect you have an addiction, it's best to seek medical help. See your doctor. ...Read more

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I'm currently not addicted to drugs but I have great potential to be. I come from an extended fam of addicts. Should i see an addiction specialist?

DON'T USE: By all means see addiction specialist. And don't/never use anything addictive. The pleasure centers in your brain may be ultra sensitive and unable to quit wanting more. ...Read more

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Why is it that I have managed to get myself addicted to every single drug I've tried? Is addiction genetic?

Why is it that I have managed to get myself addicted to every single drug I've tried? Is addiction genetic?

Yes Addiction: tends to run in families. Women whose mothers are alcoholics are 50% more likely to become alcoholics or marry an alcoholic. Sons of alcoholic fathers have similar chances of developing the disease. It is assumed that some of this is due to hereditary issues; some is learned behavior. It is better to avoid alcohol and drugs as much as possible if the disease runs in the family. ...Read more

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I understand that one cannot become addicted to antihistamines, however, can't people become addicted to the sedating effects of drugs?

I understand that one cannot become addicted to antihistamines, however, can't people become addicted to the sedating effects of drugs?

Tolerance: You become tolerant to the sedative effect of first generation antihistamines and with time you will no longer feel sedated from them. If you are using then as a sleep aid, will you need more with time to achieve the same level of sedation. It is not an addiction, it is tolerance to the medication. ...Read more

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I need to talk with a compassionate physican about severe chronic pain and drug addiction and how to get the care i need i was in a car that was struck by a train 12 yrs ago and I have many problems with my back now. I didn't become addicted to pain meds

Frustrating: Exhaust your non-narcotic options first, with nsaids, acetaminophen, topicals, neuroleptic, snri and a tca as appropriate. Most providers think an opioid meds will cause relapse, but truth is your under treated pain is much more dangerous. Cd history is often presumed drug seeking, but actually this means u r twice as likely to have chronic pain issue. Find someone trained in both cd&pain. ...Read more

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Is it possible to become addicted to cosmetic procedures?

Is it possible to become addicted to cosmetic procedures?

Yes: Yes. I think there are really two sub types of patients. Some that just are really obsessed with looking better and doing all the latest procedures. For them it's more of a status thing and trying to keep up with the Joneses. The other group are those with body dysmorphic disorder. These patients truly believe there is something wrong with them. We see a straight little nose, they see a beak! ...Read more

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Is it possible to become addicted to one percocet?

Not really: To become addicted to a narcotic, you usually have to have been taking it long enough to change your receptors. However, that being said, if you have an 'addictive personality' and have been addicted to things before, you can have an increased chance of becoming addicted after a single dose, but this is not the true definition of addiction after a single dose. Consider other medications. ...Read more

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Is it possible to become addicted to smoking grass?

Sure: The addiction to marijuana (mj) may be largely psychological, but it can be very impairing. Mj dependence in adolescence is associated with diminished motivation, increased school drop out rates, criminal activity, use of other drugs, and possibly mental disorders (mds). However, it is not clear if people with vulnerabilities to mds are attracted to mj or whether mj increases the risk of mds. ...Read more

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Is it possible to become addicted to cutting!

Is it possible to become addicted to cutting!

Yes!: Please seek help from a psychiatrist and psychologist as soon as you can. They can help. This is treatable but you need to reach out and take that first step by seeking out and going to treatment with those professionals who know how to treat this. There can be other issues here besides addictive behavior. Self harm shouldn't be avoided. Don't wait on this. ...Read more

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Is it possible to become addicted to solpadol 30/500 after just a week of taking them?

Yes: Some people are genetically susceptible to opiate addiction. If one has been addicted to another substance this adds to the risk. While it would not be typical after just a week i think it could happen. The fact you are asking suggests to me you want to stop asap so that permanent brain changes don't occur. ...Read more

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Could you become addicted to working out?

Yes: When working out become the entire focus of your life and you neglect family and friends (and other aspects of your life)....You may be addicted. ...Read more

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How do people become addicted to cocaine?

How do people become addicted to cocaine?

Not sure but....: Addiction has to do with your genetic make up, life experiences, peer pressure, access to the agent, having psychiatric disorders like depression, anxiety. Cocaine being a powerful agent can give the user an unusually high level of joy and ecstasy (especially in the beginning) that your brain will want to re experience the sensation, over and over again. ...Read more

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Can someone become addicted to cosmetic procedures?

Can someone  become addicted to cosmetic procedures?

There's nothing that: Cant be addictive to someone including cosmetic surgery. At some point, psychological eval should be done. ...Read more

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Can it be possible for you to become addicted to orajel?

Can it be possible for you to become addicted to orajel?

Orajel: The ingredients in orajel are not addictive. That is not to say that an individual may become dependent on using it unnecessarily. It is intended for short term use. If you or anyone else has a continuing dental problem, it should be evaluated and treated by a dentist. Orajel merely numbs the area, it does not remove the cause of the discomfort. ...Read more

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Can i become addicted to panadeine forte?

Yes: Each pill contains 500 mg of paracetamol and 30 mg of Codeine phosphate. Paracetamol, also known as acetaminophen, is non addictive but high doses can impact your liver. It is the codeine, an opiate, which is easy to get dependent on within weeks. Codeine is not a strong opiate but some people then find they are taking higher doses to compensate which is not wise or safe. Ask for other choices. ...Read more