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What is my first step to overcome my drug addiction?

What is my first step to overcome my drug addiction?

Acknowledge problem: People with addiction must first recognize that they have a problem and need help. There are many different treatment modalities that work, including 12 step programs, self-help groups (aa) and cbt/rbt. Sometimes medications, such as antabuse, (disulfiram) naltrexone, and campral, are used to help achieve abstinence. People w/ addiction must learn new coping skills and to avoid relapse triggers. ...Read more

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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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What are the most effective ways of overcoming drug addiction?

What are the most effective ways of overcoming drug addiction?

Drug Program: Best way is to not do it alone! depending on the extent of use and complications, intensive outpatient drug programming might be a start, along with individual counseling. 12 step groups are excellent supports. Psychiatric evaluation to check for any other mental health conditions which could slow recovery. Sometimes inpatient rehab stay is better, again depending on psychiatry assessment. ...Read more

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Can someone overcome repeat drug addiction without going to rehab?

Can someone overcome repeat drug addiction without going to rehab?

Sometimes: Overcoming addiction is a process and not a place. You have to certainly detox off of your addicting substances, of course. But you really need to change the people that you hang out with and frequenting the places that your get your drugs. It is possible to do. Many patients benefit from suboxone for opioid withdrawal avoidance. It can be done diy but it realies a lot more on your determination. ...Read more

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Can someone overcome drug addiction at home without going to rehab?

Can someone overcome drug addiction at home without going to rehab?

Mutual support helps: If you are concerned about being an addict, you might want to consider attending a meeting of narcotics anonymous. Find a meeting at their web site: http://www.Na.Org/. ...Read more

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Can someone overcome drug addiction at home with friends?

Can someone overcome drug addiction at home with friends?

Why the hard way?: You might want to expand your support network to include mutual support groups like narcotics anonymous and professional help. ...Read more

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Could whirlpool baths be really necessary to overcome drug addiction?

Could whirlpool baths be really necessary to overcome drug addiction?

May help: The answer to questions such as "are whirlpool baths really necessary to overcome drug addiction" is: no, it is no necessary. But it may be used as one part of the many means to reach the desired end. Thus can be especially effective in the patient's trying to overcome opiate withdrawals. ...Read more

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Do you believe that drug addiction is filling a void for a lot of people? How do they overcome it?

Do you believe that drug addiction is filling a void for a lot of people? How do they overcome it?

No: I think a lot of prople are often needed to intervene to address a problem like this. Supportive family, friends, health care workers, go a long way to replacing being high with nurturimg friendships, but their presence doesnt guarantee success. ...Read more

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Has anyone here successfully overvome a real drug addiction?

Has anyone here successfully overvome a real drug addiction?

Overcome addiction: Only about 15% who try to quit by themselves remain drug and alcohol free. Those that go through treatment have a much lower relapse rate, about 25-30% compared to 85%. To remain in recovery is the goal, and if you relapse, get help as soon as possible. Yes, there is a lot of hope, and many success stories! ...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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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 different forms of treatment. Your pmd can provide you with resources. ...Read more

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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