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I have a recent addiction to eating chalk. Why is this and what is the reason and how to treat it?

I have a recent addiction to eating chalk. Why is this and what is the reason and how to treat it?

Pica: Pica occurs when a person repetitively eats substances which usually provide no nutritional value. Recommend evaluation by your physician as rarely the pica is driven by a nutritional deficet. Once, this is evaluated, work with a therapist is usually beneficial. Take care. ...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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How can I prevent my addiction of eating clay?

How can I prevent my addiction of eating clay?

Prevent it??: If you have it already, you can't prevent it. If you are asking how to stop the "pica" (the medical word for eating things that aren't food), first see your primary care provider. It can be associated with iron deficiency, and a physical check up is in order. Second, get a referral to a mental health provider who can help you find the cause and treatment of this problem. ...Read more

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What will happen if you consume a lot dry baking soda? I have a addiction to eating it.

What will happen if you consume a lot dry baking soda? I have a addiction to eating it.

See your doctor: Baking soda has no nutritional value but one serving which is one teaspoon can contain 1260 mg of sodium. So your body may be lacking in salt. You should see a doctor for tests to see if you do have low sodium in your blood. Some people do have disorders of eating substances like clay, chalk, ice, etc. You should also see a psychiatrist if it continues and you have no lab abnormalities. ...Read more

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I can't stop eating fast foods. Could this behavior be indicative of a dependence, an addiction?

I can't stop eating fast foods. Could this behavior be indicative of a dependence, an addiction?

There are a lot: Of factors involved, too many for a clear answer. Time, stress management and others. If you could clear up some of these, it would help. Better yet, make an appointment with an addiction psychiatrist who can help you figure this out. ...Read more

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I have a strange addiction to eating coffee grounds throughout the day. I stopped for a while, but the urge has returned. Is this harmful?

How's the iron level: It is interesting that you say you have iron deficiency; the urge to eat odd things like ice or chalk or even dirt can be a sign of iron or other mineral deficiency. It's called 'pica' and given your history I would definitely get your iron level checked. It can also occur in pregnancy but I would assume that's not your situation.
Sometimes ocd or obsessive compulsive disorders are the cause. ...Read more

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I have an addiction to eating flour. Yes, baking flour, right out of the bag. I crave it all the time. It's hard for me to stop. What should I do?

I have an addiction to eating flour. Yes, baking flour, right out of the bag. I crave it all the time. It's hard for me to stop. What should I do?

Food addiction: You will need help of a bariatrician or counselor to rule out underlying medical or mental issues and then provide specific counselling. Use of aversion technique and hypnosis may be highly effective. ...Read more

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I'm over weight and have an eating problem. I need help and ddon't know where to go. Dr says loose but I can't cause the food addiction. Who can help me?

I'm over weight and have an eating problem. I need help and ddon't know where to go. Dr says loose but I can't cause the food addiction. Who can help me?

Ask to speak with: A therapist who specializes in eating disorders. It issue is only part of the problem. A therapist can help upu make healthy life changes (exercise and diet). Keeping track of everything you eat with an app on your phone can help (it's a simple behavioral modificaton technique). The book, making peace with food, can also help, good luck and let us know how you do. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of my addiction of eating baby powder?

PICA?: Hello, you may have pica. First I would see your physician to rule out any nutritional defiencies. If that is not the issue than you may benefit from cognitive behavioral therapy or possibly even psychotropic medication. Take care. ...Read more

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Have an addiction to french fries and candy. What could someone do to stop eating these foods?

Take Metformin: Metformin is an Insulin receptor sensitizer. It is a virtual "metabolic rejuvenator, " with multiple beneficial effects. When taken in doses ranging from 1, 000-2, 000 mg per day, carb cravings are quickly overcome. Although it requires a prescription in the U.S., it can be legally purchased and imported from mail-order international pharmacies without a prescription. ...Read more

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I have a decent enough eating habit except I do drink a lot of tea with suger in it (an addiction really). Will this be a problem?

Probably.: If you are drinking any sugared beverage throughout the day you are at great risk of tooth decay and diabetes. Try to enjoy the flavor of the tea itself. Warning, substituting lemon for the sugar will also risk cavities if bathing the teeth in it all day! ...Read more

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I have a problem with eating starchy things first I had an addiction with baby powder then rice now corn starch what could be wrong?

I have a problem with eating starchy things first I had an addiction with baby powder then rice now corn starch what could be wrong?

Pica (adult): This is more often seen in children, but it's not too different. Have a very thorough set of lab work to determine deficiencies to address. Also, specialist psychologists can help break the attractions with behavior mod, hypnosis, etc. But there may be a nutrient you crave. It can take time, but it can be good to take corrective action. Best! ...Read more

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I have a eating addiction. How can I get rid of it? I eat for comfort and sometimes can't stop. I tried everything and nothing works. Please help.

I have a eating addiction. How can I get rid of it? I eat for comfort and sometimes can't stop. I tried everything and nothing works. Please help.

Food Addiction: Have you received treatment from a mental health professional who specializes in eating disorders? Have you been part of a 12 step group such as Overeaters Anonymous? Have you had a physical exam from your doc to measure hormone levels? Hope these options help. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I have an addiction to sugar. I have no control. Sneaking hiding. Eating sugar by spoonfulls. Candy bars 3 at a time. Fast so not caught. Help. :- (?

I have an addiction to sugar. I have no control. Sneaking hiding. Eating sugar by spoonfulls. Candy bars 3 at a time. Fast so not caught. Help. :- (?

Metformin: Your problem is physiological, not psychological.
Carbohydrate cravings accompany Insulin resistance. When your 60 trillion cells are screaming for brownies, it's impossible to resist. Solution is to restore Insulin receptor sensitivity. Metformin will do this, in a dose of 1, 000-2, 000 mg per day. My patients on metformin invariably feel better, have more energy, and lose their carb cravings. ...Read more

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Is anorexia, or eating less/controlling also an addiction?

Is anorexia, or eating less/controlling also an addiction?

Maybe: Anorexia and other eating disorders are often treated using an addictions model. The cause of eating disorders are arguable. However, the addictions model of treating these problems are often successful. ...Read more

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How might a bored person develop an addiction?

Anything in excess: Boredom can be cured easily with meaningful activities. Anyone who repeatedly engages in addictive things (alcohol use, substance use, eating, etc) can develop an addiction. Using a substance to cure the boredom is a very poor choice. Try filling up boredom with work, studies, volunteer activities, exercise, reading, social interaction and other healthy positive coping strategies. ...Read more

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Can someone be addicted to sex with one person? And when does it become an addiction

Can someone be addicted to sex with one person? And when does it become an addiction

Yes: Addictions to sex to one person is possible. There is a difference between craving and desiring something/someone and being addicted. Does your mood change when you are not with the person? Do you find yourself wanting, thinking or having sex in place of other activities in your life? When the behavior interferes in your life and replaces other helpful behaviors, you may be addicted. ...Read more

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Is it possible to stop a 20 year addiction to cocaine? The person does not eveen consider quitting because he doesn't think it is possible.

Is it possible to stop a 20 year addiction to cocaine? The person does not eveen consider quitting because he doesn't think it is possible.

Yes it's possible: With authentic desire, appropriate professional and personal support, and a treatment plan, it's possible to stop an addiction at any time. Being addicted to Cocaine for such a long time means that treatment could be complicated, but not impossible. However, if the person himself is not interested in quitting, it won't happen. His body may end things with a stroke or heart attack instead. ...Read more

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How come bipolar people have shopping and eating addictions?

See below in details: One of symptoms for bipolar affective disorder is elevated goal-directed activities, like increasing activities in shopping, eating, house cleaning, etc. It is not addictive behaviors. Those behaviors will subside once bipolar affective disorder is treated. ...Read more

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Can a person be too old to have an addiction?

Can a person be too old to have an addiction?

No: People can develop an addiction at any age. While the overall risk decreases with age it can happen. Example, some people may develop alcohol problems once they retire or a major life stressor, or a "pill" addiction after an injury. These problems may be self limiting or may require help. ...Read more

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Can a person be too young to have an addiction problem?

Can a person be too young to have an addiction problem?

No: One can be born with an addiction problem, depending on the mother's choices during pregnancy. ...Read more

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How do drug addictions affect a person's social health?

How do drug addictions affect a person's social health?

Ruins: One definition of addiction is when the drug becomes more important than a person's friendships, family, spirituality, or other major areas of one's life. As you can see by this definition it will ruin or displace these relationships ...Read more

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What does heroin addiction do to a person’s life?

What does heroin addiction do to a person’s life?

Shortens It: Heroine addiction makes it more likely that an individual contract HIV & hepatitis c. It also makes one less likely to engage in regular health maintenance. It often decreases quality of life by eroding relationships & makes it more likely for people to engage in illegal activities to maintain their habit. ...Read more

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Can a person develop an addiction to prescription drugs?

Can a person develop an addiction to prescription drugs?

Don't know if you: Are living somewhere that your computer cannot give you any news, but you may have missed that there is a prescription drug addiction epidemic which has taken place in this country for the last 15+ years, mainly with opiates, but with benzodiazepines as well. The number of deaths from prescription opiate abuse now exceeds that of motor vehicle accidents in young people. So answer is yes. ...Read more

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Is a person with family history or mental illness at higher risk of developing an addiction?

Is a person with family history or mental illness at higher risk of developing an addiction?

Depends on MI: Many mental illnesses tend to "run true, " so having a schizophrenic relative increases your risk for schizophrenia. However, a number of illness (e.g., depression, anxiety, conduct disorders, adhd) all may increase one's risk for substance abuse because of increased impulsivity and life dissatisfaction. Fh of alcoholism and/or substance abuse definitely increase one's risk. ...Read more

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Do doctors think it's ever too late to get a person help with drug addiction?

Do doctors think it's ever too late to get a person help with drug addiction?

Never lose hope: For most people it is never too late. The longer one uses drugs the more psychological, neurophysiological, and physical harm is done making it more difficult to stop & reverse. This question is sensitive enough that it should be answered in-person by a physician specializing in this field. ...Read more

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In physically & mentally fit person hypersexuality (irrespective of age) is normal phenomrnon or can we label it as addiction?

In physically & mentally fit person hypersexuality (irrespective of age) is normal phenomrnon or can we label it as addiction?

That depends: Some people have a really strong sex drive - if it doesn't interfere with other aspects of their life then it is likely not an addiction. ...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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How do I find out where can a person that is blind and suffers with addiction find inpatient treatment?

How do I find out where can a person that is blind and suffers with addiction find inpatient treatment?

Social services: You need to contact social services in your county. These are set up by state and county government. They would be at to tell you what is covered and where you can get help. ...Read more

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I seem to have an addiction to eating Ice. But now sometimes after eating it, I start to feel nausea. I go through maybe 2-3 trays of ice a day.

I seem to have an addiction to eating Ice. But now sometimes after eating it, I start to feel nausea. I go through maybe 2-3 trays of ice a day.

Compulsion: I see this more as a compulsion than an addiction. I'm sure it's not in the best interest of your health and your teeth. Consider seeing a therapist that specializes in OCD and related conditions. Medications such as Wellbutrin (bupropion) may also help. ...Read more

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Can I buy anything over the counter for binge eating or food addiction?

Can I buy anything over the counter for binge eating or food addiction?

Not really: Not everything can be fixed with a pill or drug. Please look into Over Eater's Anonymous in your area. Or work with a psychotherapist. Be well ...Read more

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What if eating is an addiction and starving is just a withdrawal symptom? Is that how some people with eating disorder thinks?

What if eating is an addiction and starving is just a withdrawal symptom? Is that how some people with eating disorder thinks?

Even more, I think: This sounds like a piece of disordered thinking. A person with an ed might also have other problems. Some intelligent people with thinking disorders can get tangled up in logic that includes a few true elements and leads to very wrong places. Some eating can be addictive, but not in general. Starving leads to death it is not a symptom. If this is you - see a psychiatrist for an evaluation. Best! ...Read more

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I have strange addiction, I can't seem to stop myself from eating raw rice. I don't have any problem with my bowel movement though. What I am trying t?

Pica?: If the rice is from a trusted organic source and well washed, it will be safe - but if not, the toxins on it can be harmful. See a Dr for eval of a possiblr nutrient deficiency underlying this and a specialist behavioral therapist tor Tx if you have other non-food cravings that may be more risky and feel it should stop. Best! ...Read more

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I suffer from binge eating, compulsive hunger and anxiety. I became obese in 15 months. How to lose weight if my hunger is like an addiction?

I suffer from binge eating, compulsive hunger and anxiety. I became obese in 15 months. How to lose weight if my hunger is like an addiction?

Good habits.: Make a food diary of everything you eat for 2 weeks along with your anxiety level 1-5 and hunger. Drop 300-500 calories per day for one pound a week weight loss. Begin an exercise program 30 minutes of aerobic exercise 5-7 days a week with weight trainging 2-3 times per week. It isn't easy to eat while exercising. Also, reward yourself with a new outfit, an outing with friends, movie if doing well ...Read more

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Marijuana addiction brings, hot flashes, nausea, dizziness, lightheadedness, poor eating when sober, won't eat all day. Only 18?

Marijuana addiction brings, hot flashes, nausea, dizziness, lightheadedness, poor eating when sober, won't eat all day. Only 18?

See your doctor: If marijuana has taken over your life, and is causing many serious symptoms and problems, and yet you are continuing to use it, then you have a problem and need help. If you are unable to cut back or stop on your own, help is available. Your primary care doctor can give you advice about resources available in your area. For some younger people, AA/NA or Alateen may be helpful, others need more. ...Read more

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Can 7 months of methadone treatment for heroin addiction cause a LARGE weight gain? Eating reasonably. Swelling in hands & feet.

Can 7 months of methadone treatment for heroin addiction cause a LARGE weight gain? Eating reasonably. Swelling in hands & feet.

I see it sometimes: Opiods interfere with appetite and metabolism controls in the hypothalamus. In fact, opioid blockers lead to weight loss. Weight gain is more pronounced when other meds are also used. I have the swelling as well but don't understand the mechanism ...Read more

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I suffer from carbs addiction and binge eating, I'm obese and I'm experiencing a weird pain in my abdomen, I'm worried it's my pancreas or heart?

I suffer from carbs addiction and binge eating, I'm obese and I'm experiencing a weird pain in my abdomen, I'm worried it's my pancreas or heart?

Talk to your doctor: The best thing to do regarding weight loss is to have your doctor involved in making sure you are eating right, doing the right exercise, and being safe so you are not overdoing it. Discuss the pain you are having, so s/he can do a physical exam & give you a better diagnosis. It may be neither heart or pancreas. That will be determined by your medical, social, surgical and full history & physical. ...Read more