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How to defeat gambling addiction?

How to defeat gambling addiction?

No fast fix: My colleague's advice to attend a 12 step group is very good. Your physician can offer medication that in low doses may abolish the craving. I would also urge you to think of the people who love you, and who you love. Compulsive gambling is one of the most common factors leading to suicide. Think of how much you have to live for. Let love give you strength to do what you must in overcoming this. ...Read more

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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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Strategies/tips to stop gambling addiction?

Don't gamble at all.: Don't go to places where people gamble. Think seriously about the damage that gambling has done in your life. Encourage gambler's anonymous. It is a beneficial, confidential and free 12 step program that can be the base for recovery. Take care. ...Read more

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Is computer game addiction different from video game addiction, online addiction, or internet addiction?

Is computer game addiction different from video game addiction, online addiction, or internet addiction?

All the same: Addiction to anything means that you are not getting the most out of life and your relationships with family and friends. Limit your time on these things and make your life and relationships your priorty. On your deathbed you will remember the people in your life; not the hours you spent playing world of warcraft. ...Read more

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Does tough love work with addiction?

Does tough love work with addiction?

Not by Itself: Addiction problems generally respond best when a multi-faceted approch is used. Kicking a family member out of your home will not cure their addiction. Use community resources-don't try to do it by yourself. ...Read more

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How to overcome an internet pornography addiction?

How to overcome an internet pornography addiction?

Sex addiction: Sex addiction takes many forms. Preoccupation with porn is not "just what guys do, " that is a form of denial. There are groups for both the sex addict and for partners as well. There is saa (sexaa.Org) for sex addicts, and cosa (cosa-recovery.Org) for their partners. ...Read more

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How does an addict overcome meth addiction?

How does an addict overcome meth addiction?

Seek support: Treatment for amphetamine addiction involves rehab counseling that can either be done on an outpatient basis or residential treatment (or inpatient) depending on the severity. Sometimes there are other psychiatric disorders that are co-occurring with the addiction and thus it is good to have an evaluation to see if other treatments for other disorders are necessary. ...Read more

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I'm acutely porn addicted ...how can solve this porn addiction?

I'm acutely porn addicted ...how can solve this porn addiction?

Cold turkey: You need to stop visiting porn sites immediately and completely. You have already made a good start by recognizing that your behavior is a problem. Try to find something else you enjoy that keeps you active, e.g., going hiking, playing an instrument, gardening, being at the beach, playing chess etc. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. ...Read more

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How to quit a gambling addiction?

Gambling addiction: Treatment is available. Options include gamblers anonymous meetings and/or psychological or psychiatric treatments. ...Read more

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Emotionally disturbed addict. I'm a recovering alcohol, crack, heroin and Valium addict, how to cope?

Emotionally disturbed addict. I'm a recovering alcohol, crack, heroin and Valium addict, how to cope?

You need support: Few people, if anyone, can recover all on their own. There are self-help groups like aa/na and others, formal therapy groups that use cognitive behavioral therapy, individual psychotherapies and family/couples therapies. Work on improving health with diet and exercise, and develop other fulfilling activities and hobbies, religious and/or meditative practices. Treat underlying psychiatric problem. ...Read more

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Is internet addiction as bad addiction to television?

Addiction= disease: Neither are bad, they are both diseases. The principles of recovery are the same for both. Consider finding a mutual support group for either addiction. ...Read more

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Is alcoholics anonymous a spiritual/ religious program?

Is alcoholics anonymous a spiritual/ religious program?

Sort of: Aa believes in a "higher power, " but they are not per se a religious organization nor does one have to be religious to benefit from the program. ...Read more

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What might b good way 2 approach spouse addiction 2 internet(OBSESSED w news&posting on political msg boards)w/o making him defensive&angry?PLZ HELP!

What might b good way 2 approach spouse addiction 2 internet(OBSESSED w news&posting on political msg boards)w/o making him defensive&angry?PLZ HELP!

Alanon? Therapy?: Many discover that there is little we can do to change others. It is hard enough to change ourselves! You can find possible support at an Alanon meeting or from a psychotherapist. Then, you might find the voice to use to invite spouse to help you with your problem. I know this sounds backward. It's not. Best wishes. ...Read more

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How can gambling addiction change people?

How can  gambling addiction change people?

Destroy their lives?: Like any other serious addiction gambling has destroyed people, making them lose their jobs, break their families and make them destitute. Recent research suggests that the brain in these people is wired differently?! intelligent people would recognize their weakness and avoid getting involved. ...Read more

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Help please! is caffeine addiction serious?

Help please! is caffeine addiction serious?

Not alone: Mixed with other addictions or medical conditions, (particularly cardiovascular conditons) but generally not. The withdrawal headaches are a dull all day ache that can last days to weeks. ...Read more

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I love making friends but i'm shy. How to overcome my shyness?

I love making friends but i'm shy. How to overcome my shyness?

Shyness is about....: Fear. Plain and simple. Just know that adolescent shyness is very common and can be overcome. Fear of being known, or embarrassed, or unable to speak, or being rejected. Overcoming shyness, or fear, requires acting "confident, non-fearful & outgoing, " believe it or not. You can do it! check this out: http://books.Google.Com/books/about/top_10_tips_for_building_friendships.Html?Id=_o2eotznbx8c. ...Read more

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How do nicotine addictions work?

How do nicotine addictions work?

Habits are habits: Addictive behavior has common underpinnings despite the various chemicals, physical or mechanical, or ritualistic, behaviors may initiate them. Areas of the brain are involved similarly regardless of the addicting substance. Dopamine is a prime mediator of addiction. ...Read more

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Can alcoholics anonymous meetings actually be addictive?

Can alcoholics anonymous meetings actually be addictive?

Controversial: There are some people who believe that 12-step programs can resemble a "cult" process. However, most professionals in this field definitely do not believe this, and having met tens of thousands of people in aa and na, I do not believe that this is true either. People who benefit from meetings go to more meetings, and get more out of it. Addiction implies it does harm- in most folks it does good. ...Read more

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Could gambling lead to gambling addiction?

Could gambling lead to gambling addiction?

Yes: Dr. Fowler's advice is very good. Of all the addictions, this is the one that's most likely to lead to suicide. Just experimenting with gambling usually does not lead to disaster -- but who wants to mess with it? You certain to lose your money in the long run. Why not spend it on something meaningful? ...Read more

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Very important question about heroin addiction?

Very important question about heroin addiction?

What's the question?: Could you please tell us what your question is? ...Read more

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I need help. I think I have an obsessive love disorder, love addiction or relationship addiction?

I need help. I think I have an obsessive love disorder, love addiction or relationship addiction?

Unhealthy relations: If you find that you engage in relationships that are unhealthy - that is a problem. If that is the case, suggest that you arrange for a psychological evaluation with a doctoral level clinical psychologist. After assessment, an appropriate treatment plan can be developed. ...Read more

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I am struggling with love addiction. I wanted to attend a treatment center, but nothing is affordable. Any suggestions to get similar help?

I am struggling with love addiction.  I wanted to  attend a treatment center, but nothing is affordable.  Any suggestions to get similar help?

Love addiction: Love addicts anonymous is an outpatient 12 step group for people in your situation. Information about this group and its meetings here: http://www.Loveaddicts.Org/laahomeindex.Html if there isn't a meeting in your area, perhaps codependents anonymous might be a reasonable step. If you mean sex addiction, there are 12 step groups for that also. You can google these terms and find them. Be well. ...Read more

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Does tough love work with addiction?

Not by Itself: Addiction problems generally respond best when a multi-faceted approch is used. Kicking a family member out of your home will not cure their addiction. Use community resources-don't try to do it by yourself. ...Read more

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How can I help using love like an addiction?

See a therapist.: Although ... One might say that love is an addiction by definition. It only becomes a problem if the other person does not love you. (that's when you might need the therapist.). ...Read more

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Which are the first signs of your loved ones drug addiction?

Which are the first signs of your loved ones drug addiction?

See below: The person takes the substance and cannot stop. Withdrawal symptoms - when body levels of that substance go below a certain level the patient has physical and mood-related symptoms. Addiction continues despite health problem awareness - the individual continues taking the substance regularly, even though they have developed illnesses linked to it. ...Read more

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What should I do if i suspect a loved on an alcohol addiction?

What should I do if i suspect a loved on an alcohol addiction?

Alcholoism: Approach your loved one with calm, tact, empathy and give very truthful feedback based on the facts you have observed. Try attending an al anon meeting for guidance and support. Best. ...Read more

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Advice for shopping addiction? I love getting stuff in the mail, but I'm in major debt ($20,000 credit card debt). Cards maxed out.

Advice for shopping addiction? I love getting stuff in the mail, but I'm in major debt ($20,000 credit card debt). Cards maxed out.

Hypomania and spendi: Risk-taking behaviors during hypomanic states are recognised, however the high-risk nature of some behaviours-including the potential for harm to both the individual and others. (Fletcher et al 2013. Some of these behaviors include in for increased spending of money increase sexual activity increased speeding with associated traffic fines. You may not have a full-blown disease but needs evaluation ...Read more

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What are some less religious family support groups for loved ones with drug addiction?

What are some less religious family support groups for loved ones with drug addiction?

12 steps: I love 12 step programs - the neutral one is positive anonymous 12 step program - any 12 step program would work. ...Read more

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Do you think "tough love" is a good method to assist people with addiction?

Generally not: Tough love usually does not work as a sole intervention to deal with addiction. This requires a multifaceted approach in order to have some reasonable chance of success. The part of tough love that involves not giving into all of the unreasonable demands of the addicted person, and protecting yourself and family from the transgressions that an addict may engage in do often seem appropriate. ...Read more

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Could this love of mangoes be a food addiction? What are the criteria?

Could this love of mangoes be a food addiction?  What are the criteria?

Food addiction: 1) does eating mangoes lead to unmanageability? 2) have you lost control over eating mangoes? If the answers to both are yes, you may have a food addiction. Otherwise, you may just enjoy mangoes. ...Read more

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Need help! loved one has an alcohol addiction! what can I do?

Need help! loved one has an alcohol addiction! what can I do?

Communication: First, contact your family doctor, and express your concerns. Second, contact alcoholics anonymous and discuss options. When this is all is place, approach the individual with your concerns, and a plan. All of this can be turned around and stabilized with appropriate team approach. ...Read more

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How can I support a loved one who is quiting a smoking addiction?

Help avoid triggers: Perhaps avoid environmental triggers........Help them remember their supportive meds like chantix....... Talk to them about what their triggers are...... ...Read more

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My fiance was very abusive mentally while he was on mdma drugs. Addiction & abuse stopped, but how do I move on from it & stay with him? I love him.

My fiance was very abusive mentally while he was on mdma drugs. Addiction & abuse stopped, but how do I move on from it & stay with him? I love him.

Good to ask for help: While getting to know you and hearing more of the story would be likely helpful, i think going to some alanon meetings could be very helpful. When emotional centers of the brain are not working well for whatever reason, relationship etc. Become problematic. Family and close one's must learn ways to lovingly detach and be assertive regarding their own limits. Alanon can help with that. ...Read more

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I love sex, I have it daily now, i can't stay without it, is it an addiction?What is it?Bcoz I've had sex with almst al of my friends, is it harmful?Im 16.

I love sex, I have it daily now, i can't stay without it, is it an addiction?What is it?Bcoz I've had sex with almst al of my friends, is it harmful?Im 16.

Having: Indiscriminant sex can be physically, emotionally and spiritually harmful. It may be exciting but it puts you at risk for sexually transmitted diseases, pregnancy, lowered self esteem and possibly a reputation that would reflect poorly on you. I can't diagnose addiction without evaluation. Please think about decisions you make now - they will effect you for a lifetime. Take care. ...Read more

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Can Cipralex lower Dopamine , I'd love to hear "yes" cause I've had a VERY bad addiction behavior..

Can Cipralex lower Dopamine , I'd love to hear "yes" cause I've had a VERY bad addiction behavior..

Dopamine: there is a lot of conflicting evidence on how dopaminergic transmission may be altered via manipulations to the serotonergic system, in some part of brain SSRIs (Cipralex) decreases dopamine but in some other part like Frontal cortex increases Dopamine, so I don't think your addiction problem is coming from your medication. Please talk to your psychiatrist about your problem. ...Read more

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I've always loved spaghetti. 5 months now I eat at least 2 huge portions every single day. I can't stop. Can it be addictive? What to do?

Stop: Almost any human behavior can become addictive. The brain is very efficient and becomes habituated to a consistent pattern quickly especially when dopamine is involved. Food rewards the brain just like any drug. So just stop eating spaghetti for a month and then slowly reintegrate it into your diet appropriately. I had a similar issue with cheese once. You can do it! ...Read more

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I went to see my aunt today so wonderin what alcohol/drugs cause squirmin n lot more gigglin to she has history of alcohol n dtug addiction please hel?

Could be anything: Getting "high" usually includes a sense of euphoria and decreased inhibition. The symptoms you describe could be from abuse of almost anything or even represent an underlying medical or psychological condition. Have you talked to her about getting help? Also, not to be judgemental, but i hope you are not on all 3 of the medications on your profile at the same time. Opiates can be addictive. ...Read more

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What causes addiction?

What causes addiction?

"Liking": Liking something whether it be a substance or activity to the point where there is a preoccupation resulting in harm.. Probably has to do with Dopamine in the brain which some people get more of a boost from than others. This is heavily genetically influenced. Some substances have such a profound effect that they tend to be more "addictive" than others-like smoked methamphetamine or nicotine. ...Read more

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Is addiction a disease?

Is addiction a disease?

Yes.: Addiction is a family disease, affecting the person who is using and all of the people who are close to the one who is using. ...Read more

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Is addiction hereditary?

Is addiction hereditary?

Yes: About 50 percent of addiction is attributred to heredity. For some indivuduals this may be a higher percentage for others that develop addiction it may be lower. Usually heredity must cross with life circumstances, trauma, high stress, lack of coping skills, . Or even exposure to high amounts of a substance over time will change brain 'chemistry' and increase risk of addiction independent of genes. ...Read more

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