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Is addiction a disease?

Is addiction a disease?

Yes.: Addiction is a family disease, affecting the person who is using and all of the people who are close to the one who is using. ...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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How is addiction a disease?

How is addiction a disease?

Impossible: To teach all here . With substance abuse, your brain cells change. Stop the substance and you get very sick, and some, can die. Example: alcohol wd (withdrawal), and benzo (valium like drugs)wd both can kill you. Its why jails are not allowed to keep these addicts but must admit to hosptal for safe detox, then jail. The body, esp brain cells change in an addict. Requires treatment. Google abam. ...Read more

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Is addiction a disease or choce?

Is addiction a disease or choce?

Disease: Drug or alcohol use may start as choices, but addiction is a set of neurobiological (brain) changes that you don't get to vote on. Just like you can choose to eat sugar, but if you develop uncontrolled blood sugar levels (diabetes), you can impact but not reverse the disorder. See http://www.Asam.Org/research-treatment/definition-of-addiction for more information. ...Read more

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Help please! is addiction a disease or a choice?

Help please! is addiction a disease or a choice?

Alcoholism asDisease: In us, the concept of alcoholism as disease can be traced to 1784 essay by philadelphia physician & signator of the us declaration of independence, benjamin rush. Rush asserted that certain individuals are biologically/genetically predisposed 2 illness of alcoholism. Though widely accepted by the us public, disease concept has/has had its critics. A popular history/critique: http://amzn.To/13gcwi1. ...Read more

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How exactly is addiction considered as a disease?

How exactly is addiction considered as a disease?

See below: There is a clear-cut pattern of identifiable neurological abnormalities that result in a predictable pattern of abnormal behaviors. It is progressive and can be controlled with medications. ...Read more

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What are the characteristics of the disease of addiction?

What are the characteristics of the disease of addiction?

Addiction definition: There are various ways of defining addiction, but basically it consists of continuing to use a substance or engage in a behavior despite negative consequences. Usually there is tolerance that develops, (it takes more ; more to get the desired effect). Sometimes there are withdrawal symptoms when you stop, but not always. Many relapse after abstaining for a while, especially without a support group. ...Read more

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I want to know what is the difference between addiction and disease?

Addiction = disease: See http://www.Asam.Org/for-the-public/definition-of-addiction for te short and long term answer. In a nutshell, addiction is a primary, chronic disease of the brain. ...Read more

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Is addiction a physical disease or a psychological one?

Is addiction a physical disease or a psychological one?

Both: Addiction to any substance implies that the body has not only become physically habituated to it, but a behavior change has also happened. Rather than using the substance sporadically, now the person pursues the substance and continues using it despite overt harm to his/her own life, relationships, and career. Tolerance has developed, and the person needs more for same effect. ...Read more

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What are the diseases caused due to cell phone addiction?

What are the diseases caused due to cell phone addiction?

None: There are no diseases caused by overuse of cell phones that we now know of. And, I am unclear as to what you mean by "addiction." the word addiction would refer to problems caused by overdoing certain behaviors, like drinking, taking drugs, eating too much, etc. If a person has tried to decrease such behaviors and is unsuccessful, he or she should seek help from a professional. ...Read more

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I have had bulimia for 10 years and have tried everything possible for recovering. Fail. Do you believe bulimia is an addiction or a disease?

I have had bulimia for 10 years and have tried everything possible for recovering. Fail.  Do you believe bulimia is an addiction or a disease?

Bulimia: Bulimia is a serious psychiatric illness, and requires ongoing psychiatric treatment including psychotherapy. You especially need to learn your own individual triggers for relapse and set up contingency plans for those situations. Medications can help when depression and anxiety are involved. Abusing other substances may co-occur and complicate recovery. Healing is a journey, not an end. ...Read more