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Medicine For Poker Addiction
Behavior: Preoccupation with playing, adverse consequences associated with ignoring responsibilities, broken family relationships, committing illegal acts in order to obtain the money but no readily apparent symptoms like a physical ailment. There might be chronic money problems and excuses regarding finances. ...Read more
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
Any behavior can be: Addictive if it meets four criteria: 1) Mood altering, 2) Compulsive, 3) Does damage and 4) Isn't stopped despite the damage. Plus, look at the extent of Dependence, Craving, Tolerance and Bingeing vs. Chronic use. Poker is in the Gambling area--one of six big addictions in the USA (alcohol, drugs, Internet, Sex and Food being the other five). ...Read more
2 parts of treatment: Counseling may be provided on a one to one basis (individual) or in a group. Most of the time, both kinds of counseling are necessary for successful treatment. Medications may be prescribed, if mood instability has been a problem. Gamblers anonymous is often helpful. ...Read more
Can't stop playing: Patients who have an addiction like playing games or watching videos are so ttracted to continuing that they can play for hours at a time even if the have work to do or friends or family to interact with.'some with serious addictions even play for hours without eation or sleeping. ...Read more
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
Drug addiction: Starts by using a drug that briefly gives you pleasure or relieves distress. The most addicting drugs produce tolerance -- more drug is needed to get the same effect -- & cause withdrawal reactions -- you feel terrible as the drug leaves your body. Addictions are misguided attempts to feel good. They are temporary & can cause more problems than they solve, including permanent brain damage. ...Read more
Perhaps: Opioid drugs lower testosterone in men and interfere with the menstrual cycle in females; both can contribute to infertility. Thc also reduces testosterone and sperm counts but I am unaware if it will lead to menstrual problems without other co-occurring medical diseases. Use of stimulant drugs and/or alcohol may lead to malnutrition which may reduce fertility as well. ...Read more
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Drug abuse and pain management. Many different specialists may focus in this area, including psychiatrists, physiatrists, anesthesiologists, and occupational medicine.
Complex area, as this could involve rehab, drug withdrawal, and ultimate revision of medicines and treatment. Could include focus on opioids, recreational drugs such as marijuana or cocaine, but in some cases alcohol and/or valium. ...Read more
Let's clarify this: Neither Methadone or buphrenorpine "treat" addiction. They are fda approved to maintain addictions. That's it. In other words, to keep you from withdrawing. Treatment of addiction to opiates requires: commitment, help and a plan. Once you get these 3 things, stick to the plan. Period. In life there are a lot of things that are simple but not easy. This is a great example of "simple, not easy". ...Read more
Brain development: Because adolescent's brains are still developing, they are more prone to becoming addicted. ...Read more
Do you know any social services that give help to teenagers who are recovering from drug addictions?
25% or our youth ---: I am sorry to say that I know of no companies. Hazeldon treatment center in minnesota, and elsewhere, has a sliding scale for patients who cannot afford full price or do not have health insurance. Most big health insurers cover addiction treatment. For free resources to treat addiction try aa, and na, as well as nami (national alliance on mental illness). For funding try gofundme. Com. ...Read more
Can you tell me how to get over my addiction of overdosing myself with prescribed drugs whenever I am upset or angry?
Analysis: Self destructive behavior suggests an inward hated or anger. Trying to understand the cause of that anger or Unforgiveness of self requires contemplation and insight, which may need some guidance from a therapist or psychologist. Opening up your thoughts and feelings to a trained therapist, can lead to a road of recovery. ...Read more
I'm worried because my daughter (and only child) 32yrs sick with a bad drug/alcohal addiction for the past 3nd1/2 yrs and, what do you suggest?
Alcoholism: Alcohol/drug abuse is a very challenging illness -- not only because it is deadly, but also because the ill person may not be interested in change. Desire for drugs can eclipse everything else in life. Your first step could be attending alanon, which educates ; supports family members. Trained interventionists can also help families intervene with their loved ones so that they accept help. ...Read more
Some cultures use drugs for centuries (like khat) is "addiction" just a modern phenomenon? Can addictive substances be used safely in other cultures?
Addiction occurs in every culture and every country. There is no safe place to use addictive substances. If you have a genetic predisposition to addiction, refrain completely. Remember, "No matter where you go, there you are."
the image here is khat teeth.
A detailed review of consequences of KHAT is available here
http://apt. Rcpsych. Org/content/9/6/456.full ...Read more
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
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
Other opioids: Even Vicodin, which was considered less addictive, has been moved up to Schedule II because of it's addictive properties. Some people even abuse codeine, but less often. Pretty much any narcotic medication has the potential for addiction in the same way Percocet does. Addiction is not the same as tolerance which is a normal, expected physiological response. ...Read more
Australia: A bit more than here, especially loving tenents, due to demand. ...Read more
Many: Being harmfully involved with substances causes a broad range of difficulties in a young persons life, including academic difficulties, health-related problems (including mental health), poor peer relationships, and involvement with the juvenile justice system. ...Read more
Below: Younger brains will have more pronounced neurotransmitter effect when exposed to the same amount of drug, which will lead to more significant establishment of cravings in persons who are more impulsive. Since brains are still developing, one may be moe likely to see long eterm neurological deterioration. ...Read more
Addictive if it meets four criteria: 1) Mood altering, 2) Compulsive, 3) Does damage and 4) Isn't stopped despite the damage. Plus, look at the extent of Dependence, Craving, Tolerance and Bingeing vs. Chronic use. Poker is in the Gambling area--one of six big addictions in the USA (alcohol, drugs, Internet, Sex and Food ...Read more