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What are the biochemical effects of drug addiction on brain?

What are the biochemical effects of drug addiction on brain?

Affects judgement: Addiction to stimulants "is often linked to excessive risk taking, sensation seeking, and impulsivity, but in ways that are poorly understood, " write dalley and colleagues. ...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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Help please! is drug addiction a brain disease?

Help please! is drug addiction a brain disease?

Addiction = disease: It looks and often feels like voluntary behavior, but addiction is a disease. See the video, "pleasure unwoven, " available from www.Instituteforaddictionstudy.Com or watch it in segments on youtube. Explains why addiction is a brain disease & not a choice. ...Read more

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Is drug addiction considered a complex brain disease?

Is drug addiction considered a complex brain disease?

Not quite sure: What you mean. Any brain problem is "complex" because the brain is complex. So yes, drug addiction is a complex brain illness. ...Read more

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Drug addiction is considered a complex brain disease? Why make it such a complex issue?

Drug addiction is considered a complex brain disease?  Why make it such a complex issue?

Beautiful mind: Watch the movie beautiful mind - knowing he has a problem he chooses his response, same way it does not matter what the issue is based on it is the choices that people make creates the healing or addiction process. Addiction is a community issue when a person is under inflence they are a danger to children and community. To integrate people with issues we need rules to have a healthy society. ...Read more

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What side effects of drug addiction?

Drug addiction: Depends on the drug used. In general, effects are biological such as physical symptoms, psychological such as cravings, and social such as loss of finances or job or family due to alienation. ...Read more

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What are the physical effects of drug addiction?

What are the physical effects of drug addiction?

Depends on the drug: Alcohol tends to affect every organ system. Narcotics tend to affect the brain (pain pathways) more. Stimulants such as Cocaine and amphetamines can affect the heart, brain, and circulation. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of american injection made for drug addiction?

What are the side effects of american injection made for drug addiction?

VIVITROL?????: It's not an "american" injection, but I am assuming you mean vivitrol, an injectable form of Naltrexone given intramuscularly, which was approved for alcoholism many years ago, and more recently approved for opiate abuse. It can cause local injection reactions, including serious infections and some pain, but these are rare. There may be increased depression, in some cases severe, but also are rare. ...Read more

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How do I stop drug addiction?

Glutamine daily: Take glutamine 2 gm each time you have cravings join support group - it takes effort but you need support system like a 12 step sponsor. ...Read more

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Can you please define drug addiction?

Can you please define drug addiction?

Psychiatric Disorder: Drug addiction is defined as the use of prescription or illegal drugs for reasons other than their intended use, causing impairment in one's ability to work, to engage in meaningful relationships, and to enjoy life. Addiction usually leads to dependence and tolerance making it very difficult to stop. There are many different forms of treatment. Your pmd can provide you with resources. ...Read more

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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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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


Cerebrum (Definition)

Cerebrum essentially refers to the majority of the brain. Embryologically, it develops from the telencephalon, and together with the diencephalon, ...Read more