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Are all drugs addictive?

Are all drugs addictive?

Addiction definition: People can become psychologically dependent on any drug – or anything else for that matter. This means that the person using drugs feels they cannot cope or face the world unless they are under the influence of drugs. In contrast people can only become physically dependent on certain drugs. Physical dependency results from the repeated, heavy use of drugs like heroin, tranquillisers and alcohol. ...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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What are some addictive drugs? What makes a drug addictive?

What are some addictive drugs? What makes a drug addictive?

Not a simple ?: Addiction has become more of a legal and social term. Medically, we speak of "substance use disorders." Drugs which cause physical dependency are alcohol, barbiturates, benzodiazepines, some other sedatives, and opioid pain medication, and all can also lead to addiction. Amphetamines, cocaine, hallucinogens, inhalants may not cause physical dependency, but compulsive use can constitute addiction. ...Read more

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Why is weed less addictive than other drugs? Explanations please?

Why is weed less addictive than other drugs? Explanations please?

Who says it is?: Addiction is not a function of the drug as much as it is a function of the person who is TAKING that drug. Most people who drink are not addicted to alcohol, but 10% or so are. The same number is true of marijuana, with about 10% of users having dependency. It has a very mild withdrawal syndrome for one, compared to alcohol, tranquilizers or opiates, and doesn't have the euphoria of stimulants. ...Read more

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What is the difference between addictive drugs and ordinary medication?

What is the difference between addictive drugs and ordinary medication?

Complicated: The same question as "What causes addiction?"Addictive drugs specifically affect the motivational portion of the brain so that you are chemically changed to want more of the drug. But it takes a certain regular amount, a certain length of time. And some people are more affected than others. This is different from "physically dependent," and "Psychologically dependent, " and "habitual." ...Read more

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Is there a non-addictive drug?

Is there a non-addictive drug?

Of course: "drug" is a very generic word. Antibiotics, antihypertensives, anti-diabetes medications are all drugs. Any substance from outside the body that changes our physiology is a drug. Only a handful of drug classes produce tolerance and withdrawal, which is what makes a drug dependency-producing (i don't use the term "addictive" drug - addiction more involves the person, not the medicine). ...Read more

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What causes drug addiction?

What causes drug addiction?

Socio economics: There are multiple factors, socio economics, exposure and culture, life style, upbringing and access to addictive substances. ...Read more

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Is there a such thing as addiction to prescription drugs?

Addiction: Sure, there are several, such as Benzodiazepines & Pain medications. ...Read more

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Which are the first signs of your loved ones drug addiction?

Which are the first signs of your loved ones drug addiction?

See below: The person takes the substance and cannot stop. Withdrawal symptoms - when body levels of that substance go below a certain level the patient has physical and mood-related symptoms. Addiction continues despite health problem awareness - the individual continues taking the substance regularly, even though they have developed illnesses linked to it. ...Read more

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Is heroine the most addictive drug?

Is heroine the most addictive drug?

No: If we measure addictiveness as the ratio of compulsive users of a substance over total users of that substance, it is probably nicotine. ...Read more