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Doctor insights on: Similarities And Differences Between Drug Addiction And Eating Disorders

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Is drug addiction is a choice or a disease?

Is drug addiction is a choice or a disease?

Disease: It is often described as a chronic relapsing brain disease. Nobody chooses to become an addict. ...Read more

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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Why is drug addiction labeled a disease?

Why is drug addiction labeled a disease?

See below: People who are addicted didn't choose to be addicted. More evidence that there is a strong genetic component, that an addicts brain is different even before they ever ingest an addictive drug. Their brain responds different to rewards. And once in place the chemistry and nerve changes make it difficult to arrest. But like other chronic diseases, it does respond to treatment, not unlike diabetes. ...Read more

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What sort of psychological disorder or drug addiction/withdrawal leads to unreasonable anger in people?

Many disorders: Many psychological disorders can have anger as a symptom. Careful evaluation is needed. For instance bipolar disorder and add can both have anger manifestation but are treated with very different medications. Most additive drugs can cause anger during the withdrawal period and thus slow .Withdrawal is needed. ...Read more

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Is drug addiction a disease or a choice?

Is drug addiction a disease or a choice?

Recovery is a choice: Most people need treatment to help arrest there addiction, lots of help. Some choose that help and others don't, i'm not alway sure why. I will tell you this, it does not always have to do with how "bad" their addiction was or how much drugs or alcohol people used, at some point they just make that decision and accept the help they need, aa calls it a "spiritual awakening", its why I do this. ...Read more

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When is drug addiction considered a disease?

When is drug addiction considered a disease?

When a disease?: Most consider drug addiction or alcohol addiction a disease because an individual loses control over its use, and uses even when the addict and others around them are hurt by continued use. ...Read more

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Why can drug addiction be considered a disease?

Why can drug addiction be considered a disease?

Illness: Addiction process rewires brain reward pathway and is an illness vs disease. ...Read more

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Is drug addiction inherited or is it learned behavior & what's the difference between?

Is drug addiction inherited or is it learned behavior & what's the difference between?

Largely inherited: Lots of evidence of strong genetic component: those w/ genetic family history are much more likely to become addicted even if not raised around those relatives. Read kathleen whalen firzgerald's 1988 book "alcoholism: the genetic inheritance." also, for the brain science about this, see the video "pleasure unwoven, available from www.Instituteforaddictionstudy.Com or watch it on youtube. ...Read more

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What are the differences between alcohol and drug addiction?

What are the differences between alcohol and drug addiction?

Drug Withdrawal: Addictions are more similar than they are different from a basic biological perspective (affecting the same pleasure-center in the brain), and in how they develop. However, one significant difference is that alcohol and benzodiazepines pose a greater risk during withdrawal (seizure, high blood pressure, possible death) and thus withdrawal from these substance should be monitored in a hospital. ...Read more

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What are the differences between alcoholism and drug addiction?

What are the differences between alcoholism and drug addiction?

The drug used: Alcoholism is a layman's term which is commonly given to persons addicted to alcohol. The term drug addition is used for any addiction to a drug which is not alcohol. In medical practice, we usually name the specific drug the person is addicted to in our record. The treatments are all similar, except for the detoxification phase were the specific drug makes a significant difference. ...Read more

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. Heidi Fowler
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Eating Disorder (Definition)

Eating disorder is a psychiatric condition characterized by abnormal eating habits and dysfunctional relationship with food. Examples of eating disorders include anorexia nervosa, bulimia ...Read more