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What to do if i'm looking for a rehabilitation house for alcohol addiction. What are benefit doing recovery?

What to do if i'm looking for a rehabilitation house for alcohol addiction. What are benefit doing recovery?

Unsure I understand?: You can find lists of recovery programs, residential facilities and half-way houses online but using google, bing or any search engine. If you have a psychiatrist or mental health professional working with you (which I would advise) they can tell you of programs in your area. The benefits are not alienating everyone you know, maintaining your life/health, keeping your job and your self-respect. ...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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I heard spicy foods can help you lose weight? Is that true, and if so does my chipotle addiction have health benefits?

I heard spicy foods can help you lose weight?  Is that true, and if so does my chipotle addiction have health benefits?

It's controversial: there is some evidence that hot peppers (capsaisan) accelerates metabolism and can be associated with some weight loss. However, I am still old-fashioned and not a believer in "gimmicks" to lose weight. Weight loss is a matter of cutting back on the calories you eat particularly sugar, and increasing your output of calories in terms of increased exercise.I assume you would know by now if it works ...Read more

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What are the health benefits of switching from cigarettes to an electric vaporizer? and do the additives in cigarettes make cigarettes more addictive

What are the health benefits of switching from cigarettes to an electric vaporizer? and do the additives in cigarettes make cigarettes more addictive

Depends: Some e-cigarettes have filtering functions that allow you to cut back on the nicotine in the smoke, and others do not. E-cigarettes deliver the same amount of nicotine, which is what is bad for your heart, but has less in the way of tars, which is what causes cancer of the mouth and throat, and lung. There is no research i know of on the additives, flavors, oils and gases in e-cigs so don't know. ...Read more

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Witch drugs are most addictive so I know not to accept them if the doctor prescribes them to me?

Witch drugs are most addictive so I know not to accept them if the doctor prescribes them to me?

Depends: If you are a diabetic, and you can't live without insulin, are you going to refuse it so you don't get addicted? Doctors don't prescribe medication to get you addicted, they prescribe it to help you. If you need the medication, then why do you want to refuse it? In general, pain medication and tranquilizers are more addicting than other medications. Discuss your concerns with your family doctor. ...Read more

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I went to see my aunt today so wonderin what alcohol/drugs cause squirmin n lot more gigglin to she has history of alcohol n dtug addiction please hel?

I went to see my aunt today so wonderin what alcohol/drugs cause squirmin n lot more gigglin to she has history of alcohol n dtug addiction please hel?

Could be anything: Getting "high" usually includes a sense of euphoria and decreased inhibition. The symptoms you describe could be from abuse of almost anything or even represent an underlying medical or psychological condition. Have you talked to her about getting help? Also, not to be judgemental, but i hope you are not on all 3 of the medications on your profile at the same time. Opiates can be addictive. ...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?

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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How can I stop addiction?

How can I stop addiction?

Recovery program: For any addiction, you need help from your physician, often also an addiction medicine doctor, and a support group that works with the substance or behavior you're using addictively. If the addiction medicine doctor is not a psychiatrist, you also need a psychiatric evaluation so that any conditions complicating your recovery can be treated. Bottom line: don't do it alone, and you don't have to! ...Read more

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How do I cure tv addiction?

Let's treat cause: An evaluation by a well trained psychiatrist should clarify the depth, strength, causative factor(s) involved. An addiction similar to opiates or ''speed'' is unlikely. I suspect anxiety of a general to specific nature or a difficulty related to depression or compulsive behavior is more likely. All these are easier to treat than chemical addictions. ...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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What causes food addiction?

What causes food addiction?

Like other addict.: Latest research suggests that the underlying mechanisms of food addiction are likely similar to other substances like drugs& alcohol. Especially rich sugary foods can cause spikes in dopamine which is very reinforcing to the body and leads to seeking out more of the food to get that boost again. ...Read more

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What causes drug addictions?

Nature and nurture: Genetic predisposition activated by environmental stimuli.

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What counts as an addiction?

What counts as an addiction?

Behavior seeking: A person is addicted to a substance when their behavior changes to the point where they do not care about the consequences of their choices, even if it involves the legal system, and will do whatever is needed to get the substance. ...Read more

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How can one fight addiction?

How can one fight addiction?

Find a specialist: To help with your addiction, see someone who specializes in addiction medicine or addiction psychiatry. The american society of addiction medicine (www.Asam.Org) and the american academy of addiction psychiatry (www.Aaap.Org) can steer you to experts in your area. ...Read more

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How do drug addictions start?

How do drug addictions start?

Drug addiction: Starts by using a drug that briefly gives you pleasure or relieves distress. The most addicting drugs produce tolerance -- more drug is needed to get the same effect -- & cause withdrawal reactions -- you feel terrible as the drug leaves your body. Addictions are misguided attempts to feel good. They are temporary & can cause more problems than they solve, including permanent brain damage. ...Read more

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What causes addictions to pain?

What causes addictions to pain?

No simple answer: Sometimes people inflict physical pain on themselves to avoid feeling emotional pain. Sometimes pain has been associated with sex & therefore becomes associated with pleasurable sensations. Sometimes people inflict pain on themselves out of guilt and the punishment feels good (or at least better than the guilt). It is possible that pain releases dopamine, which often mediates other addictions. ...Read more

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Facebook addiction, what to do?

Facebook: what do you do on face book other than pasting pictures. there is no meaningful discussion, Americans as well as rest of the world don't want to know about worldly affairs. What pleasure you get to a point , you can't leave , one needs to know , before question get answered ...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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