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What causes drug addiction?

What causes drug addiction?

Socio economics: There are multiple factors, socio-economics, exposure and culture, life style, upbringing and access to addictive substances. ...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 do I stop drug addiction?

How do I stop drug addiction?

Glutamine daily: Take glutamine 2 gm each time you have cravings join support group — it takes effort but you need support system like a 12 step sponsor. ...Read more

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Is drug addiction chronical disease?

Yes: The addictions cross each other. If you stop drinking alcohol and start using pills you are still at the same spot.
And it may not be drugs alone ... Gambling, food, sex, porn... And so forth may replace your drug of choice... But, in the end, however you slice it... You stand at the same, spot.... Alone, miserable, disoriented... And once in a while thinking, where... Did all friends and loved one disappear. ...Read more

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Can you please define drug addiction?

Can you please define drug addiction?

Psychiatric Disorder: Drug addiction is defined as the use of prescription or illegal drugs for reasons other than their intended use, causing impairment in one's ability to work, to engage in meaningful relationships, and to enjoy life. Addiction usually leads to dependence and tolerance making it very difficult to stop. There are many forms of treatment. Your pmd can provide you with resources. ...Read more

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Is drug addiction a disease or a choice?

Is drug addiction a disease or a choice?

Recovery is a choice: Most people need treatment to help arrest there addiction, lots of help. Some choose that help and others don't, I'm not alway sure why. I will tell you this, it does not always have to do with how "bad" their addiction was or how many drugs or alcohol people used, at some point they just make that decision and accept the help they need, aa calls it a "spiritual awakening", its why I do this. ...Read more

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What kind of condition is drug addiction?

Destructive: Drug addiction postpones living life to the full and sometimes accelerates death. ...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 to help someone through drug addiction?

Depends on what you: Mean by 'help.' Nobody can make someone else change, but they can present their concerns, love, caring and arguments about how the problem is hurting them, and hope that it makes a dent. You can attend Alanon meetings for YOURSELF, and learn to deal with your anger, shame, guilt and other emotions related to your friend/family member. Again, be caring and supportive, but nagging doesn't work. ...Read more

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When is drug addiction considered a disease?

When is drug addiction considered a disease?

When a disease?: Most consider drug addiction or alcohol addiction a disease because an individual loses control over its use, and uses even when the addict and others around them are hurt by continued use. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about drug addiction problem?

Can you tell me about drug addiction problem?

Too broad a question: Especially in 400 characters. Please ask your question again in terms of what YOUR concerns are. You could be asking about drugs and society, the increase in prescription drug abuse, the use of synthetic marijuana (spice/k2) and stimulants (bath salts), the increase in heroin, or about alcohol and tobacco, which are our two most harmful drugs. If you asking about yourself, be specific. ...Read more

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How can I help someone through drug addiction?

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 one's 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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Why can drug addiction be considered a disease?

Why can drug addiction be considered a disease?

Illness: Addiction process rewires brain reward pathway and is an illness vs disease. ...Read more

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Symptoms of drug addiction withdrawels obvious?

Symptoms of drug addiction withdrawels obvious?

Yes: Without proper detox symptoms can be prolonged and dangerous. ...Read more

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What are the signs/symptoms of a drug addiction?

What are the signs/symptoms of a drug addiction?

See below: When use of a drug has led to identifiable negative consequences in your life yet you can not control your use or your thoughts about the drug, then an addiction like exists. ...Read more

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What are the physical effects of drug addiction?

What are the physical effects of drug addiction?

Depends on the drug: Alcohol tends to affect every organ system. Narcotics tend to affect the brain (pain pathways) more. Stimulants such as Cocaine and amphetamines can affect the heart, brain, and circulation. ...Read more

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What steps can help me recover from drug addiction?

Choice: Every little action in life is by choice. Be conscious of each decision you make and each decision you make affects another life even you cannot see this yet. So choose wisely. Some programs suggest to walk away from your current lifestyle for 1 year to break current habits consider this. ...Read more

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What are the social consequences of drug addiction?

What are the social consequences of drug addiction?

Many: Loss of individual productivity, disruptions of the family unit causing society to support the family, behavioral consequences to the addicts family, criminal consequences, the least of which are thefts, murders, etc. Most serious is the loss of life from unintended overdoses with multiple other consequences. ...Read more

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Would having a pet help me deal with a drug addiction?

Would having a pet help me deal with a drug addiction?

Yes! but too late?: Having cared for a pet in childhood is associated with a lot of health benefits.
In adulthood, depends. If there are psychological components contributing to a pattern of drug use (not the majority) then a pet is a maybe.
But, is the pet going to be safe? ...Read more

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Where should I send a friend with a bad drug addiction?

12 Step Programs: "You can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink." your friend may or may not accept 12 step help through a program like narcotics anonymous. However, you could learn how to deal with friendship with a friend who is an addict through alanon for narcotics. ...Read more

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How common is drug addiction in males compared to females?

How common is drug addiction in males compared to females?

Depends on the drug.: Alcoholism is far more common in men than women (about 3:1), but benzodiazepine dependency is far more common in women than men (2:1). Opiate addiction used to be primarily a male problem (3 or 4:1 30 years ago) but now women are catching up and in many areas are half the people with the problem, especially prescription drug abuse. Men used to dominate in tobacco addiction, but now women do. ...Read more

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Please explain how long does drug addiction recovery take?

Please explain how long does drug addiction recovery take?

Drug addiction is a: Disease. It changes your brain and leads to cravings for the drug. Even after someone has been clean and sober, the addiction does not disappear and there are signs that the brain has been changed. It is important to get help attend aa or na (narcotics anonymous) and psychotherapy to fight the disease. ...Read more

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How can one fully recover from drug addiction and move on?

How can one fully recover from drug addiction and move on?

12 step, rehab: Going into a rehab, avoiding people, places, and things that trigger craving or addiction. 12 step programs like aa or na to help with your recovery, and being around people who are supportive of your recovery. ...Read more

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Afraid of falling back into my drug addiction, please help?

Afraid of falling back into my drug addiction, please help?

Your fear of: Regression is a good thing. Are you going to 12 step meetings? If not, please go and get some support. Do you have a sponsor? If not, please get one. Don't wait until tomorrow, please do these things now. How about your lifestyle, i.e., exercise and diet? Peace and good health. ...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. To 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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Which are the first signs of your loved one's drug addiction?

Which are the first signs of your loved one's 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 would make my son have a relapse in his drug addiction?

No particular reason: Addictive brain gets wired differently after addiction — learn more at http://learn. Genetics. Utah. Edu/content/addiction/. ...Read more

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I'm helping someone with a drug addiction. What should I do?

I'm helping someone with a drug addiction. What should I do?

See below: Get them into treatment. After discharge from inpatient treatment be supportive and encourage attending na meetings. ...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