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Doctor insights on: Personalities Of A Crystal Meth Addict

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Is gambling addiction a real addiction (like heroin)?

Is gambling addiction a real addiction (like heroin)?

Yes: If by "real addiction" you mean "very hard to stop" and "can actually get physical symptoms when you try to stop", then indeed it is. The physical symptoms are milder but the craving is as real, and the risk of suicide is far greater. Don't look down on a compulsive gambler as weak; it's a strange combination of brain chemicals, and may respond to medication and/or wise talk. ...Read more

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Amphetamine (Definition)

A psychostimulant, controlled drug schedule ii, with abuse potential. It acts to enhance Dopamine and norepinephrine in the body, including the brain. It can decrease appetite- was used as a diet pill, treat narcolepsy and adhd, pathological fatigue, sea sickness. Derived from ephedra plant ...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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Cocaine is a powerful stimulant delivering euphoric feelings, but how addictive is cocaine?

Cocaine is a powerful stimulant delivering euphoric feelings, but how addictive is cocaine?

Very addictive: Cocaine is extremly reinforcing, meaning in one sitting of drug use and if the drug is available many people will tend to use that whole amount until the supply is gone. This is because the drug acts quick, esp with smoking or IV use and wears off quick and users want more. Cravings then can be very strong after the drug wears off. ...Read more

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Which drug is worst for your health: crystal meth or heroin?

Which drug is worst for your health: crystal meth or heroin?

Meth: By far. It would be politically correct for me to tell you that both of these drugs are equally dangerous, but this is not true. Heroin will bind you to a lifelong addiction and all that is involved, but if you administer it hygienically and the dose is always correct, many users experience no problems except severe constipation and impotence. Meth is far more dangerous. Still better to do neither ...Read more

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Is there a way to help a insane schizophrenic drug addict who's in denial?

Is there a way to help a insane schizophrenic drug addict who's in denial?

Stop name calling: Start by not using judgmental language, "insane" this demonstrates a lack of insight into how much suffering this individual is going through. You need to identify how much they must be suffering and offer to help find better alternative treatments than self medication with drugs. ...Read more

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Does a physical addiction like gambling affect the body the way meth addiction does?

Does a physical addiction like gambling affect the body the way meth addiction does?

Similar: Most addictions seem to affect similar brain pathways connected to the neurotransmitter Dopamine linked to pleasure. Some agents, like methamphetamine , have especially powerful effects. ...Read more

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Is cocaine, or heroin hardest to quit?

Is cocaine, or heroin hardest to quit?

Both!: It depends on what your body responds to the most. Both drugs are highly addictive and both are extremely difficult to stop using. One body may respond more to one of the substances and another body to the other one. However, neither drug is something to fool around with because of the detrimental effects on the body, brain and life of the addict. ...Read more

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Is seeing someone with missing teeth a tipoff about meth abuse?

Meth abuse: Dental loss has many causes, and meth abuse is just one of hundreds, however the "faces of meth" is a good subject to google if you are interested. ...Read more

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Is drug user a crazy bipolar?

Is drug user a crazy bipolar?

Bipolar: Your question specifies two separate phenomena, the first being a drug user, which is a substance abuse/dependence disorder, and bipolar, which is a mood disorder. The terms are fundamentally unrelated. That being said, often bipolar sufferers will use drugs or alcohol to self medicate, often with explosive, or even lethal results. ...Read more

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Can one fully recover from meth psychosis, or will some negative personality traits stay? Long term drug abuser with bipolar in family history.

Drug abuse: With professional help and great personal commitment, it's possible to recover from meth addiction and psychosis. However, pre-existing personality issues and possible bipolar disorder will still need to be addressed. It's not just a matter of stopping the meth -- it was the person's attempt to deal with problems, so new methods will be needed. Ongoing 12 step programs can be essential. ...Read more

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What are the effects of crystal meth on a developing child?

What are the effects of crystal meth on a developing child?

Severe problems!: Crystal meth can cause poor growth due to restricting blood flow to the placenta. It can cause premature separation of the placenta with bleeding, premature birth and possible bleeding for the mother and baby. There is a risk of both maternal and fetal death. Meth may also cause later brain problems for the baby. There is also possible risk from lifestyle issues for women using illegal drugs. ...Read more

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How a recovering meth addict acts after withdrawal?

Please read the article below: www.allaboutaddiction.com/addiction/crystal-meth... Yes, heroin withdrawal can be horrible but quitting meth comes with its own set of withdrawal symptoms that make is anything but easy to quit. ...Read more

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What is worse a coke addiction or oxycodone addiction?

What is worse a coke addiction or oxycodone addiction?

Both are bad: Cocaine is more likely to lead to stroke and cardiovascular issues, where as oxycodone is more likely to lead to respiratory depression. Both are bad and i would not trade one for the other. Seek professional help to break free of each. ...Read more

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Who coined the term substance abuse (ie, alcoholism, legal and illegal drug abuse, etc.)?

Not clear: The term alcoholism was originally coined in 1849 by magnus huss. Untill the 1940s it referred primarily to the physical consequences of long-term heavy drinking. I am not sure about the term substance abuse. ...Read more

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Is crystal meth addictive from only using it once?

Is crystal meth addictive from only using it once?

Possibly: It not a sure thing, but there is a possibility you could become addicted from using meth one time, similar to cocaine. ...Read more

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Why is a methadone addiction better than a heroine addiction?

Why is a methadone addiction better than a heroine addiction?

It's legal: Heroine is an illegal drug and unregulated. You'll not know what you are really getting. With methadone, you know you are using it under the guidance of a specialist dealing with the addicted patient, and you are under medical supervision. ...Read more

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Would giving a former heroin addict morphine cause them to relapse?

Would giving a former heroin addict morphine cause them to relapse?

Relspse : Since morphine is derived from the same plant possible. However I wouldn't withhold in an acute pain situation such as surgery ...Read more

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What about the stories of addiction surrounding opiates? Is there a difference between physical dependence and addiction?

What about the stories of addiction surrounding opiates? Is there a difference between physical dependence and addiction?

Yes: Physical dependence involves use to avoid withdrawal both physiologic and substance dependent without compulsive, lack of control behavior. You can have dependence without addiction. ...Read more

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What are the DSM criteria for substance dependence and alcohol abuse?

What are the DSM criteria for substance dependence and alcohol abuse?

Addiction: Alcohol/drugs can be robustly abused by someone but as long as the person is not addicted to it, and doesn't miss it after putting it down, the diagnosis is alcohol abuse. If, however, the person feels either physically or psychologically addicted/dependent on it and either cannot go a day without it, or binge drinks uncontrollably the diagnosis is alcohol dependence. ...Read more