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Doctor insights on: Letter To Judge Requesting Treatment For Drug Addiction

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What is the alcohol or drug addiction treatment process?

What is the alcohol or drug addiction treatment process?

First Step: Admit you are powerless over alcohol and that your life has become unmanageable.

Call local treatment center. Begin a new life. ...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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How would you get prescribed "baclofen" for drug addiction treatment? I heard it helps.

How would you get prescribed "baclofen" for drug addiction treatment? I heard it helps.

Any doc could : Prescribe this but it is the rare doc who is aware of baclofen. I use it for stimulant and opioid issues. However, it is not completely safe and about 0.2-0.5% lose control c/w a syndrome caused by any tranquilizer. ...Read more

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How effective can laser therapy be for drug addiction?

How effective can laser therapy be for drug addiction?

Laser therapy: I'm assuming you mean laser therapy as a form of acupuncture? It has been used with several kinds of addictions, but the research available doesn't document the results well. This doesn't mean it's ineffective, just that more studies are needed. Here are a couple that i could find: [nicotine] http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/21249644 ; [alcohol] http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/15674998. ...Read more

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Any substance abuse treatment centers for people with ketamine addiction?

Any substance abuse treatment centers for people with ketamine addiction?

AAC: Ketamine is gaining popularity as a club drug between young adults. Separate perception from sensation. Call american addiction centers at 866- 572-1806. ...Read more

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Is it possible to cure a drug addiction (not mine) without the help of a professional. Like any vitamins or natural B6 supplements?

Is it possible to cure a drug addiction (not mine) without the help of a professional. Like any vitamins or natural B6 supplements?

Not beneficial : There are many things that lead to an addiction and consequences of an addiction that should to be explored with the assistance of a professional. Furthermore, behavioral changes and coping skills need to be learned to remain clean and sober. One can achieve this through the assistance of a specialist who is trained in addiction. At the very least, one should explore getting help through aa or na. ...Read more

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What can I use for drug addiction if I don't have a doctor?

What can I use for drug addiction if I don't have a doctor?

Support groups. : That's a broad question. In general, yes there in non medical treatment for addiction: these include individual substance abuse counseling and or self help support groups like ne/aa. The 12 step support groups are especially helpfull if one invest the time. ...Read more

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How can I help a friend who's been to rehab 3 times and still hasn't help her drug addiction

How can I help a friend who's been to rehab 3 times and still hasn't help her drug addiction

3 treatments: One of the most common causes of drug addiction treatment failure is treating the co existing disease such as bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders etc. The latter exist in greater than 60 percent with addiction and the second most common cause of failure is that patients stop medications helping them contain their anxiety. Treatment compliance is a big challenge for recovering patients. ...Read more

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I have asthma, and drug addiction (ephedrin and theopiline) if in a day didn't use the medication my condition became worse what should I do?

Drug addiction: You need treatment for drug addiction. If your asthma is not under control, there are other safer ; more effective medications. Ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) ; theophylline are dangerous unless used under a physician's supervision. They can cause convulsions ; heart arrhythmias. Please do not delay seeking help for your addiction. ...Read more

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Isn't it hypocritical for a doctor who is an addiction specialist to have a drug addiction?

Isn't it hypocritical for a doctor who is an addiction specialist to have a drug addiction?

No: No, because the addiction specialist is helping those who want help with their addiction or need help for their addiction, if he is addicted he probably does not want treatment for his addiction. Just because you have an addiction doesnt take away your knowledge of treating the addiction for those who want the help. ...Read more

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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

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How can I help someone through drug addiction?

Tough question: When push comes to shove, only the person with addiction can help themselves. We can help family/loved ones by being caring, loving and supportive, and by not enabling their addiction (making excuses for them, fixing their screw-ups, giving them money for drugs/alcohol etc.). Alanon is a self-help program for the people who care about those with addiction, and meetings can help you help yourself. ...Read more

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Is support or punishment better for treating drug addiction?

Is support or punishment better for treating drug addiction?

Healthy support: " healthy" is the key word here. The wrong kind of support such as enabling can make it worse. Too an addict who is not ready to change healthy support may feel like punishment. Punishment from consequences related to the addiction are sometimes what gets the addict in the door to then seek the support. But punishment alone does not "cure" the problem. Hope that helps? Not an easy answer. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what is drug addiction and how can someone get cured from it?

Can you tell me what is drug addiction and how can someone get cured from it?

By definition: Addictions do not just go away. Once you are addicted to something, it does not go away. You can learn to control it, but must always stay vigilant or it will come back at a higher level than before you stopped using the substance. Treatment for drug addiction: narcotics anonymous, in patient detox, out patient therapy, don't be afraid to get help to overcome it. ...Read more

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What are initial signs and symptoms of drug addiction?

What are initial signs and symptoms of drug addiction?

Impairment: Impairment of social, work, family and romantic functions. ...Read more

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Is drug addiction a mental illness or a personal choice?

Is drug addiction a mental illness or a personal choice?

Addiction= disease: Addiction is a physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual disease. ...Read more

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Has anyone here successfully overvome a real drug addiction?

Overcome addiction: Only about 15% who try to quit by themselves remain drug and alcohol free. Those that go through treatment have a much lower relapse rate, about 25-30% compared to 85%. To remain in recovery is the goal, and if you relapse, get help as soon as possible. Yes, there is a lot of hope, and many success stories! ...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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Is dopaminergic pathway involved in drug addiction?

Is dopaminergic pathway involved in drug addiction?

Yes: All drugs of abuse activate the Dopamine system in the reward pathway. ...Read more

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What is the alcohol or drug addiction detox process?

Slow withdrawal: You are placed on medication with similar sedative like process to each and withdrawn in a stepwise fashion. Much quicker in the case of alcohol, couple weeks vs. At times months with opioids. ...Read more

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What are general symptoms of drug addiction (opioid)?

Craving for drug: An intense craving for the drug of choice that becomes a greater focus in ones life than friends, family, or work. ...Read more

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What will my friend do about her mom's drug addiction?

Encourage treatment: She needs to get into treatment. In some states including florida, patients can be involuntarily ordered into treatment for drug abuse. ...Read more

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What are the first steps to getting over drug addiction?

What are the first steps to getting over drug addiction?

Need recovery progrm: Best medicine for quitting any drug is a recovery program. Addiction is a disease of disconnection. Recovery is generally not possible on your own, support from others who have been there is crucial. Try aa, na, lifering, sos, and treatment programs in your area. Also, it is important to abstain from all drugs, including alcohol. ...Read more

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Alcohol or drug addiction, can they take this Valium medication.?

Not safely: Outside of their brief supervised use to help people come down off their drugs of choice. Benzodiazepines are highly dependency-producing themselves, and many alcoholics have had their relapses triggered by the similar sensations they get when taking a benzo, especially valium or xanax (alprazolam) which both hit the brain quickly and hard. Under supervision by doctors who understand addiction, sometimes ok. ...Read more

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Please tell me what should I do if my father has a drug addiction?

Please tell me what should I do if my father has a drug addiction?

Your father has to: recognize that he has a problem and he has to want to do something about it. Families often feel helpless, hopeless, angry, ashamed and guilty, in various combinations. Concerned family members can present their worries to him trying to help him see the problem, but this often results in denial and anger on her part. Attend Alanon meetings for your own sake, not hers, it may help with enabling. ...Read more

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Can alcohol or drug addiction person take this Valium medication.?

Valium and alcohol: Sounds like you may be taking valium on your own that is not prescribed for you . If that's the case then no one can comment . In any event if you are taking it as prescribed i hope the prescriber knows about your addictions. The bottom line is it can potentially be very dangerous depending on your history and your metabolism met the built -valium can be deadly with alcohol. ...Read more

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Can someone overcome repeat drug addiction without going to rehab?

Sometimes: Overcoming addiction is a process and not a place. You have to certainly detox off of your addicting substances, of course. But you really need to change the people that you hang out with and frequenting the places that your get your drugs. It is possible to do. Many patients benefit from Suboxone for opioid withdrawal avoidance. It can be done diy but it realies a lot more on your determination. ...Read more

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Can someone overcome drug addiction at home without going to rehab?

Can someone overcome drug addiction at home without going to rehab?

Mutual support helps: If you are concerned about being an addict, you might want to consider attending a meeting of narcotics anonymous. Find a meeting at their web site: http://www.Na.Org/. ...Read more

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Is it possible to commit an adult to rehab for mental illness & drug addiction when they wont?

Is it possible to commit an adult to rehab for mental illness & drug addiction when they wont?

Involuntary commit: All states have provisions for involuntary commitments of patients who are a danger to themselves, eg suicide, or to others. If this is the case call 911. ...Read more

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 compulsive physical or psychological ...Read more