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Doctor insights on: Psychological Risk Factor For Drug Dependence

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Is drug dependence a disease or choice?

Is drug dependence a disease or choice?

Good Question: And controversial. Drug dependence starts as a choice to start and can become a disease because it causes impairment in function (the basic definition of disease which itself is hard to define). However it is debatable whether or not it is a disease. There are many opinions. Here is an interesting article: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pmc/articles/pmc3047254/ best regards. ...Read more

Dr. David Garfield Jones
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Drug Dependence (Definition)

Drug dependence means that a person needs a drug to function normally. Abruptly stopping the drug leads to withdrawal symptoms. Drug addiction is the compulsive use of a substance, despite its ...Read more


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What do people with drug dependence look like?

What do people with drug dependence look like?

Like anyone: People who are drug dependent present in many different ways. They can range from teens to geriatric population, very high to very low functioning. I have treated all types of people who are drug dependent. ...Read more

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I think im dying of a drug dependence. How do I get free?

Seek support: To get free you must completely surrender to the fact you can't stop by your self . That you do indeed have a terminal disease if left untreated. Seek medical support especially if detox is needed. Try a twelve step meeting and get brutally honest with yourself and others that can help. You sound as though you are at a bottom, but there is a solution and you can be free. Rehab is another option. ...Read more

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What is a good pain management strategy for slip disc with minimal drug dependence?

What is a good pain management strategy for slip disc with minimal drug dependence?

Integrative care: A herniated disc can cause back pain as well as foot pain by physically pressing on the nerves that travel to the foot and by irritating them through the extrusion of pro-inflammatory disc materials. Physical therapy and other conservative measures, including medication management, are considered first line treatment. If these fail, your physician may recommend epidural steroid injections. ...Read more

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Is there a chicago rehab clinic that can deal with prescription drug dependence, underlying depression?

Is there a chicago rehab clinic that can deal with prescription drug dependence, underlying depression?

Yes--there are many: It is very common for people who struggle with drug dependence to also have depression, anxiety issues or post-traumatic stress disorder. Although chicago has many good rehab clinics, i would recommend you looking at the hazelden program. Hazelden programs are located throughout the country and have helped thousands of men, women & youth learn to live a meaningful life. ...Read more

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Can the mental health effects of inhalants affect psychological dependence?

Can the mental health effects of inhalants affect psychological dependence?

What do you mean?: Can you rephrase the question? What mental health effects? What aspect of psychological dependency? Someone will be happy to help. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about alcohol promotes physical and psychological dependence?

Can you tell me about alcohol promotes physical and psychological dependence?

Alcohol is a: Physiologically addictive substance. How quickly some1 becomes dependent on it varies from person 2 person. The younger you are when you experiment with alcohol and the smaller you are physically, the easier it is to become addicted i.e., dependent on it. Some people are more likely 2 become addicted if alcoholism runs in their family. There are both physiological and psychological reasons 4 this. ...Read more

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Which addiction is more difficult to deal with: mental or psychological dependence?

Which addiction is more difficult to deal with: mental or psychological dependence?

The same: Mental or psychological dependence are essentially the same. You might mean physiological rather than psychological. Physiological involves bodily functions to include heart rate, blood pressure, shakiness, and other changes. When people are physiologically dependent, they may feel those bodily changes without a clear psychological/mental need/addiction. Addiction relates to mental/psychological. ...Read more

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Is physical dependence the same as drug addiction?

Is physical dependence the same as drug addiction?

No: People being treated by prescription can become dependent but not addicted. ...Read more