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Physically Addicted To Marijuana
Yes: Lsd like most hallucinogens relies on activation of the reward system this is Dopamine related. Which means it feeds on the pleasure response. Other important aspects are the long term effect of post use hallucinations which can appera years later and complicate mental health including those with dual diagnosis ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Treatment & MA: Some think it funny, but mj is a serious drug. The withdrawal includes weeks to months of irritability, boredom & malaise, increased anxiety, & insomnia. It takes time but recovery is worth it. Explore treatment programs & community support groups in your area (aa, lifering, sos, etc). The ma website (marijuana-anonymous.Org) points to in person, online & phone meetings. Best wishes! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
LOL: Marijuana is illegal in the us. Certain states have approved its use for medicinal purposes. Most"medical marijuana" users do not have a legitimate reason for use. The california experience demonstrated the average age of these folks was 20 yo. Mj is also dangerous as it can increase the risk of schizophrenia, decreases productivity & learning, and is implicated in crime & motor vehicle accidents. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Strange world: Stoners have much less tendency to impulsive or simply mean violence than do drinkers, and do not have the cravings that drive crime in opiate, meth, or Cocaine addicts. But for whatever reason, cannabis is illegal; using it gets one involved with other lawbreakers. I believe generally in obeying laws even when i may disagree, and find life has much too much to offer to want to be goofy. Peace. ...Read more
Nicotine: Nicotine is one of the most addictive drugs there is. For eg., when rats in a study were given the choice of choosing by lever Cocaine heroin and nicotine....They always gravitated to nicotine the most ..Even if the position of the levers and drugs were switched around. It also explains why it is so hard to quit smoking. Whatever you do, don't start smoking and get your friends and family to stop. ...Read more
Yes: Repeated exposure to second-hand smoke, both in cars and homes, is associated with nicotine dependence symptoms in non-smokers. Unfortunately, this often happens to children of parents who smoke around them. Years ago non-smoking nurses and doctors would become addicted to second-hand smoke when patients were permitted to smoke inside hospitals (seems strange to imagine these days). ...Read more
Not sure but....: Addiction has to do with your genetic make up, life experiences, peer pressure, access to the agent, having psychiatric disorders like depression, anxiety. Cocaine being a powerful agent can give the user an unusually high level of joy and ecstasy (especially in the beginning) that your brain will want to re experience the sensation, over and over again. ...Read more
Why do some people become addicted to methadone if it is used to help quit a addiction to opiates?
Addiction: As dr. Ali says, the same person can be addicted to both substances if using both. Addiction is a pattern of using substances despite clear damage to relationships, work, life, etc -- and escalating this use also. The body becomes physiologically dependent on the substances & suffers withdrawal symptoms unless receiving them both. Mentally, the person desires the effects of the substances. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
This can be: A very involved assessment . Please seek out a psychologist who specializes in treating addictive sexual behaviors . This is a very treatable problem and certainly avoiding it or putting it on the back burner won't get you to the freedom you're seeking. ...Read more
Varies: Everyone's addiction potential varies. Smoking 3 cigarettes per day increases your chances of smoking more and increases you chances of developing dependence. Quit now while you are at 3 and avoid the chance of addiction all together. There are zero health benefits of smoking and any social/emotional benefits can be achieved in healthier ways. ...Read more
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