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What is worst in regards to addiction? Oxycontin or percocet?

What is worst in regards to addiction? Oxycontin or percocet?

Unknown: The active ingredient in both medication is the same. Your question is about whether long acting or short acting medication technology makes a difference in the problem of addiction. There is some agreement that long acting preparations may be less addictive, but I and many others are unconvinced. www.blatmanhealthandwellness.com ...Read more

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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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Is there a clear top treatment for a smoking addiction? What is it?

Is there a clear top treatment for a smoking addiction? What is it?

Depends?: The best one is the one that works for you. There are many options currently out there to help one stop smoking such as nicotine patches and gum, electronic cigarettes, and medications such as zyban (bupropion) and chantix. I recommend talking with your healthcare provider to find out which one could be best for you. ...Read more

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Is taking an opioid for a few days after surgery risky? We're talking 4 days tops, worried about addiction.

Is taking an opioid for a few days after surgery risky? We're talking 4 days tops, worried about addiction.

Unlikely: Small dose of a necessary pain medicine for a short period of time is unlikely to cause addiction. Make sure you consult your MD before, during and after, especially if you notice you are taking more than you should ...Read more

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I'm prescribe 110 mg of methadose daily for oxycodone addiction and on top of the methadose he prescribed 2 mg of clonazepam is this ok ???

I'm prescribe 110 mg of methadose daily for oxycodone addiction and on top of the methadose he prescribed 2 mg of clonazepam is this ok ???

May cause dizziness: It might combine to leave you drowsy or dizzy or confused. If you avoid dangerous activities (driving) it may not be too bad but definitely ask the Dr 'why'? Also, ask about safer alternatives and good instructions on what to watch for and what to do if there's a problem. Don't drink alcohol! ...Read more

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What is the worst and most addictive drug of all?

What is the worst and most addictive drug of all?

Nicotine and alcohol: Nicotine and alcohol are the most toxic drugs and cause the most damage to those who use them and their families. ...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

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What causes addiction?

What causes addiction?

"Liking": Liking something whether it be a substance or activity to the point where there is a preoccupation resulting in harm.. Probably has to do with Dopamine in the brain which some people get more of a boost from than others. This is heavily genetically influenced. Some substances have such a profound effect that they tend to be more "addictive" than others-like smoked methamphetamine or nicotine. ...Read more

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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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Is addiction hereditary?

Yes: About 50 percent of addiction is attributred to heredity. For some indivuduals this may be a higher percentage for others that develop addiction it may be lower. Usually heredity must cross with life circumstances, trauma, high stress, lack of coping skills, . Or even exposure to high amounts of a substance over time will change brain 'chemistry' and increase risk of addiction independent of genes. ...Read more

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Can I cure my addiction?

Can I cure my addiction?

Yes: Yes you can - need a support system to deal with stress management and coping - being clean is only half the battle developing healthy stress management will be the key of being drug free. ...Read more

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