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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 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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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?
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
Addiction: Go to an al-anon meeting for support and guidance in how to intervene. Also consider being direct in a caring manner with the person you are concerned with and tell him how much you are worried about him or her and ask him to go for treatment. If he is resistant talk of attending an aa or na meeting. Best. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How much more likely is the child of a drug addict to develop an addiction himself, even if he was adopted away as a baby?
There is a genetic: Component to most illnesses that we humans can get, and that component is substantial in addiction. The child of an addict is 8 times more likely to develop an addiction that someone without an addicted parent. At the same time, the incidence of heroin dependence, for instance, is only 0.03%. ...Read more
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