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Doctor insights on: Understanding Online Gaming Addiction And Treatment Issues For Adolescents

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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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What can I do if my online game addiction ruins my life, how to start therapy without professional help?

What can I do if my online game addiction ruins my life, how to start therapy without professional help?

Professional is best: Get with your personal physician and into the evidence-based mental health care service community. If this is gambling, there is gambler's anonymous. Some compulsions may respond quickly to medication but you'll want a competent therapist for evaluation and guidance. The prices can be scaled -- and this is your life, so be prepared to do what you must. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What are the goals of addiction treatment for the criminal justice system?

What are the goals of addiction treatment for the criminal justice system?

INTERESTING!: The goal for the justice system for addiction treatment is just what you might imagine, stay out of the justice system! so there is a bit of a different goal of just trying to reduce recidivism. Forced treatment by the legal system has not been very successful in the long term. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for heroin addiction?

What is the treatment for heroin addiction?

Mix Many Approaches: Consider medications to block cravings (discuss options with ur doc). Develop and strengthen functional rituals to replace dysfunctional rituals of addiction. Strengthen your social network. Consider joining a 12-step program (na) and try to establish a home meeting and sponsor as early as possible. If you relapse, don't give up - discuss with your sponsor, learn and try again, and again and again. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for nicotine addiction?

What is the treatment for nicotine addiction?

Determination: As with any addiction, 1st you must realize there's a problem & become determined to change. After this, knowledge is useful. Smoking cessation classes (usually 1.5 hours every 2 wks for a total of 3 classes) have been shown to double the number of people who succeed. There are also medications that decrease cravings for nicotine, bupropion & varenicline. Doing all of these is your best bet. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for moth ball addiction?

What is the treatment for moth ball addiction?

Moth ball addiction: Is very dangerous. Inhalation of moth ball vapor or licking/ ingesting moth balls can have severe health consequences. Strongly encourage comprehensive medical evaluation to determine health status and working with an addiction psychiatrist.Mothballs are usually all active ingredient ; are composed of either paradichlorobenzene or napthlene. They dissolve from a solid to a vapor which is toxic. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for slot machine addiction?

What is the treatment for slot machine addiction?

Slot machine addicti: Firstly do not go to the casino, secondly move away from the casino thirdly seek the assistance of a psychologist who may be able to help if the other two do not. Lastly you can buy a small slot machine for your home and just play it in the comforts of your home. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for procrastination addiction?

Not an Addiction: Although it can certainly have negative consequences, there is no evidence that procrastination falls into the category of behavioral addictions. I would address procrastination by breaking tasks up into smaller segments & working on them. I would also schedule in some short breaks so it's not all drudgery. ...Read more

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What are treatment options for nicotine addiction recovery?

What are treatment options for nicotine addiction recovery?

Prevent withdrawal: The nicotine patch provides a constant level of nicotine in the blood, preventing acute withdrawal from smoking. The dose may be gradually reduced, allowing for a gentle detoxification which is best facilitated by mutual support, available in nicotine anonymous. ...Read more