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Doctor insights on: Shoplifting Addiction

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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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Strategies/tips to stop gambling addiction?

Strategies/tips to stop gambling addiction?

Don't gamble at all.: Don't go to places where people gamble. Think seriously about the damage that gambling has done in your life. Encourage gambler's anonymous. It is a beneficial, confidential and free 12 step program that can be the base for recovery. Take care. ...Read more

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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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Is computer game addiction different from video game addiction, online addiction, or internet addiction?

Is computer game addiction different from video game addiction, online addiction, or internet addiction?

All the same: Addiction to anything means that you are not getting the most out of life and your relationships with family and friends. Limit your time on these things and make your life and relationships your priorty. On your deathbed you will remember the people in your life; not the hours you spent playing world of warcraft. ...Read more

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Could gambling lead to gambling addiction?

Could gambling lead to gambling addiction?

Yes: Dr. Fowler's advice is very good. Of all the addictions, this is the one that's most likely to lead to suicide. Just experimenting with gambling usually does not lead to disaster -- but who wants to mess with it? You certain to lose your money in the long run. Why not spend it on something meaningful? ...Read more

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Gambling addiction vs smoking addiction? Whats more common?

Gambling addiction vs smoking addiction? Whats more common?

Smoking, probably: There are over 50 million smokers in the us, and it is a major cause of death and disability, in addition to enormous financial costs. Nobody knows how many problem gamblers there are, and there are few medical costs associated (although there is a higher rate of smoking, alcohol and drug abuse in problem gamblers). Both cause misery and pain to sufferers, their families and society at large. ...Read more

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Is internet addiction as bad addiction to television?

Addiction= disease: Neither are bad, they are both diseases. The principles of recovery are the same for both. Consider finding a mutual support group for either addiction. ...Read more

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Can alcoholics anonymous meetings actually be addictive?

Can alcoholics anonymous meetings actually be addictive?

Controversial: There are some people who believe that 12-step programs can resemble a "cult" process. However, most professionals in this field definitely do not believe this, and having met tens of thousands of people in aa and na, I do not believe that this is true either. People who benefit from meetings go to more meetings, and get more out of it. Addiction implies it does harm- in most folks it does good. ...Read more

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How to defeat gambling addiction?

No fast fix: My colleague's advice to attend a 12 step group is very good. Your physician can offer medication that in low doses may abolish the craving. I would also urge you to think of the people who love you, and who you love. Compulsive gambling is one of the most common factors leading to suicide. Think of how much you have to live for. Let love give you strength to do what you must in overcoming this. ...Read more

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How does an addict overcome meth addiction?

How does an addict overcome meth addiction?

Seek support: Treatment for amphetamine addiction involves rehab counseling that can either be done on an outpatient basis or residential treatment (or inpatient) depending on the severity. Sometimes there are other psychiatric disorders that are co-occurring with the addiction and thus it is good to have an evaluation to see if other treatments for other disorders are necessary. ...Read more

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How to quit a gambling addiction?

Gambling addiction: Treatment is available. Options include gamblers anonymous meetings and/or psychological or psychiatric treatments. ...Read more

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Stress, caused by gambling addiction and family commitments?

Stress, caused by gambling addiction and family commitments?

Not sure: What the specific question is, but these are serious issues that could b helped by therapy and medication. ...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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What's substance dependence vs addiction?

What's substance dependence vs addiction?

Addiction vs.: Dependence. Some drugs have effects on the body that the body becomes used to. This is dependence. If the drug is suddenly withdrawn, the patient will experience a withdrawal syndrome untill the body readjusts. Addiction is an uncontrollable, compulsive need for and use of a substance despite negative consequences (deteriorating health, memory, loss of relationships, legal problems, etc.). ...Read more

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Could rehab stop drug addiction?

Could rehab stop drug addiction?

Yes: Do you think that if it didn't, anybody would go to it? However, unlike other medical treatments where success depends on the skill of the doctors/nurses and the effectiveness of medication, success in rehabilitation has more to do with how motivated you are, what resources are available to you, and how long you stay involved in treatment. Overall success can be as high as 90% in some groups. ...Read more

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I'm acutely porn addicted ...how can solve this porn addiction?

Cold turkey: You need to stop visiting porn sites immediately and completely. You have already made a good start by recognizing that your behavior is a problem. Try to find something else you enjoy that keeps you active, e.g., going hiking, playing an instrument, gardening, being at the beach, playing chess etc. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. ...Read more

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Is alcoholics anonymous a spiritual/ religious program?

Is alcoholics anonymous a spiritual/ religious program?

Sort of: Aa believes in a "higher power, " but they are not per se a religious organization nor does one have to be religious to benefit from the program. ...Read more

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How do nicotine addictions work?

How do nicotine addictions work?

Habits are habits: Addictive behavior has common underpinnings despite the various chemicals, physical or mechanical, or ritualistic, behaviors may initiate them. Areas of the brain are involved similarly regardless of the addicting substance. Dopamine is a prime mediator of addiction. ...Read more

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How to overcome an internet pornography addiction?

How to overcome an internet pornography addiction?

Sex addiction: Sex addiction takes many forms. Preoccupation with porn is not "just what guys do, " that is a form of denial. There are groups for both the sex addict and for partners as well. There is saa (sexaa.Org) for sex addicts, and cosa (cosa-recovery.Org) for their partners. ...Read more

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Options to overcome phentermine addiction?

Options to overcome phentermine addiction?

Addictionologist: You should see a board certified addictionologist for help. I have treated many with amphetamine dependency. There are some medications which can help with the lethargy and depression until that goes away. I also recommend narcotics anonymous. Your success with treatment will be directly related to how much effort you put into it. It's hard, but you can do it. There's still hope if you're trying. ...Read more

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