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Unhealthy relations: If you find that you engage in relationships that are unhealthy - that is a problem. If that is the case, suggest that you arrange for a psychological evaluation with a doctoral level clinical psychologist. After assessment, an appropriate treatment plan can be developed. ...Read more
Addiction is a condition in which a person has a strong, persistent physical and psychological need for a habit-forming substance (such as alcohol, cigarettes, or cocaine) or an activity (such as gambling). The person usually suffers physical or psychological withdrawal symptoms if he is unable to continue getting what ...Read more
My bf's obsessed w posting on political msgboards&checking current events/social media sites.Interferes w work,our relationship,etc.Is this addiction?
Very seriously: U dont mention whether this is a m/f or same sex partnership, &u'll get diff answers from diff drs.However, sexual intimacy is very core to deeply committed relationships.Ur partner's addiction says he/ she needs sexual stimulation which is not you.It may be diff.If u both used porn to have a good roll in the hay, but if ur partner is choosing porn over u, both of u, but at least u need prof advice. ...Read more
Mom is an alcoholic, and her addiction has greatly affected our relationship. How can I help fix this problem?
Support: You can't make her do anything. She has to want to overcome her problem. All you can do is love her and support her. This does not mean you should facilitate her disease. Be encouraging to her to get the right help. Don't feel bad about not wanting to be around her when she is under the influence. Don't allow yourself or those you are responsible for to be put at risk due to her drinking. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Yeast grow by fermenting sugar ? so your sweet tooth actually feeds them. In addition, having treated thousands of patients with candida/yeast overgrowth, it seems clear that the candida also triggers sugar craving so that the yeast can get fed. Unlike type 2 sugar addiction where people get irritable when hungry, sugar cravings from yeast do not make the person irritable. ...Read more
I went through rapid detox for opiate addiction several years ago. After relapsing my withdrawal symptoms seem more intense. Is there a connection?
No: Rapid detox is a method used to withdraw from an opiate medication that is advertised to be painless. There is no scientific evidence that this is the case. Patients undergoing rapid detox have been shown to have just as severe withdrawal symptoms as those without it. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Delay gratification: If addiction is continuing something despite harmful effects on self/loved ones (eg food, substances, games, etc...), there is conflict b/w short term pleasure vs what we care about long term. Motivation to delay gratification through cravings over and over may come from focus on why we want to stop, and understanding that each time we give in to a craving we get farther from what we really want. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
If my addiction doesn't seem to interfere with my family and career, should I bother treating it?
See below: Then maybe it's not an addiction or maybe you and the family are in denial. Addiction is defined by negative consequences, and continued use despite this. However with an addiction and relationships usually all people are affected and are "ill" in someway.However because all families have there dynamics, and this is what is normal for them, they may not be aware that the addiction is harming them. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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