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What is the alcohol dependence or drug addiction process?

What is the alcohol dependence or drug addiction process?

Habituation: In any physical dependence the body adapts and the withdrawal symptoms are the body responding to the lack of the substance. Because addictions cause changes in neurotransmission they are difficult to treat and require enough time for the body to adjust to being "clean.". ...Read more

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What is the medical definition of alcohol dependence and alcohol abuse?

What is the medical definition of alcohol dependence and alcohol abuse?

Addiction: Alcohol can be robustly abused by someone but as long as the person is not addicted to it, and doesn't miss it after putting it down, the diagnosis is alcohol abuse. If, however, the person feels either physically or psychologically addicted/dependent on it and either cannot go a day without it, or binge drinks uncontrollably the diagnosis is alcohol dependence. ...Read more

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How common is drug and alcohol addiction in teenagers?

How common is drug and alcohol addiction in teenagers?

Very common: It is the fastest raising population of abusers. Unfortunately, very common. About 50% of my patients are teenagers. The parents often have no idea. The biggest problem is that teenagers feel, which is unfortunately age-appropriate, that nothing bad will happen to them. Seeing their pears in troubles or even dying does not help. Find a psychiatrist who worked with teenagers, not just with addictio. ...Read more

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What is the alcohol or drug addiction detox process?

What is the alcohol or drug addiction detox process?

Slow withdrawal: You are placed on medication with similar sedative like process to each and withdrawn in a stepwise fashion. Much quicker in the case of alcohol, couple weeks vs. At times months with opioids. ...Read more

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What is the diferences between drug abuse and drug addiction?

What is the diferences between drug abuse and drug addiction?

Abuse vs dependence: Drug abuse is using too much ; having consequences. Dependence, or addiction, involves development of craving ; compulsion, tolerance ; @ times withdrawal. An alcohol abuser drive drunk ; get a dui, but isn't compelled to drink again, nor lose control once starting to drink. An alcoholic may be able to stay sober or have 1 drink @ times, but sometimes can't avoid the first drink ; then can't stop. ...Read more

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What is the alcohol or drug addiction treatment process?

What is the alcohol or drug addiction treatment process?

First Step: Admit you are powerless over alcohol and that your life has become unmanageable. Call local treatment center. Begin a new life. ...Read more

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What is the most successful treatment program for alcohol abuse and drug abuse?

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What is the most successful treatment program for alcohol abuse and drug abuse?

Addiction: Aa & na groups, also deterrents such as antabuse, (disulfiram) campral, zyban, etc., depending on the type of substances used. ...Read more

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What is the difference between alcohol dependence and alcohol abuse according to the DSM?

What is the difference between alcohol dependence and alcohol abuse according to the DSM?

Old Terms: In the DSM 5, all substance disorders are characterized as Use Disorders and are classified as mild, moderate or severe depending on the number of criteria that are met. Dependence and abuse are not used. ...Read more

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What is the a difference with alcohol poisoning and alcohol overdose?

What is the a difference with alcohol poisoning and alcohol overdose?

Semantics: These terms are used interchangeably. Physician more commonly use the term acute alcoholic hepatitis to describe inflammation / injury to the liver because of alcohol. ...Read more

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What are the DSM criteria for substance dependence and alcohol abuse?

What are the DSM criteria for substance dependence and alcohol abuse?

Addiction: Alcohol/drugs can be robustly abused by someone but as long as the person is not addicted to it, and doesn't miss it after putting it down, the diagnosis is alcohol abuse. If, however, the person feels either physically or psychologically addicted/dependent on it and either cannot go a day without it, or binge drinks uncontrollably the diagnosis is alcohol dependence. ...Read more

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What are the risks to preteens of drug and alcohol addiction?

What are the risks to preteens of drug and alcohol addiction?

Below: Younger brains will have more pronounced neurotransmitter effect when exposed to the same amount of drug, which will lead to more significant establishment of cravings in persons who are more impulsive. Since brains are still developing, one may be moe likely to see long eterm neurological deterioration. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between alcohol abuse and alcohol poisoning?

Is there a difference between alcohol abuse and alcohol poisoning?

Yes: Alcohol abuse is defined as having consequences from alcohol use that are not physical in nature, such as legal problems i.e. Dui, loss of job or poor performance in school, relationship problems, etc. Alcohol poisoning is a direct effect of drinking too much alcohol during a specific period of time that causes physical harm to the body such as respiratory depression. ...Read more

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How are alcohol abuse and dependence different?

How are alcohol abuse and dependence different?

Drinking : Dependence is usually considered that you will have physical withdrawal symptoms if you stop drinking. Dependence and addiction are synonymous. Abuse is frequent or even occasional excessive drinking which is considered more than five drinks within two hours. ...Read more

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I'm wondering what effect does alcohol and drug abuse have on teenagers?

I'm wondering what effect does alcohol and drug abuse have on teenagers?

Nothing good: No teenager should be experimenting or using alcohol or drugs. The detrimental effects on young adults can only lead to long term problems. ...Read more

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What is the difference between alcohol addiction and say heroin addiction?

What is the difference between alcohol addiction and say heroin addiction?

Addiction=Addiction: Alcohol is not illegal to possess. Alcohol is more toxic biologically. Alcohol withdrawal may be deadly, whereas heroin withdrawal, while uncomfortable, is not life threatening. Heroin, when injected, may lead to various systemic infections. Otherwise, the process of the two diseases may lead in the same direction (insanity and death), and the process of recovery is similar (mutual support). ...Read more

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What is the difference between alcohol dependence and abuse according to the DSM?

What is the difference between alcohol dependence and abuse according to the DSM?

Addiction: Alcohol can be robustly abused by someone but as long as the person is not addicted to it, and doesn't miss it after putting it down, the diagnosis is alcohol abuse. If, however, the person feels either physically or psychologically addicted/dependent on it and either cannot go a day without it, or binge drinks uncontrollably the diagnosis is alcohol dependence. ...Read more

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What drugs is worse for your health: tobacco, alcohol or heroin?

What drugs is worse for your health: tobacco, alcohol or heroin?

Its not a contest: What's better for your health, great sleep, excellent nutrition, or a positive outlook on life? Answer: all of the above! (i don't mean to be snarky). There is no level of tobacco or heroin that's ok. Alcohol is a different story, but it's not clear whether there is a 'healthy' amount, or if drinking a small amount does not worsen your health risk. Heroin and tobacco are both highly addictive. ...Read more

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How serious is prescription drug abuse? And what do they define as abuse?

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How serious is prescription drug abuse?  And what do they define as abuse?

Abuse: Is misuse of medication, such as taking more than prescribed, or continued use when not in need. ...Read more

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What kind of condition is drug abuse in pregnancy?

What kind of condition is drug abuse in pregnancy?

Drug abuse in pregna: Means basically taking substances(alcohol, prescription drugs, ilicit drugs) that are not needed for the simple reason of providing pleasure and comfort to the pregnant patient.An addiction mechanism is involved every time. ...Read more

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Why are drugs like cocaine illegal? If caffeine and alcohol are used for there psychoactive effects. Why isn't cocaine in moderation legal too?

Why are drugs like cocaine illegal? If caffeine and alcohol are used for there psychoactive effects. Why isn't cocaine in moderation legal too?

Read your history: Since the beginning of civilization, every human society has had its own particular customs, traditions & laws re what's "licit" & what's ILlicit. Not just psychoactive chemicals, but everything, e.g. marriage. The roots of what substances are legal & which aren't are not rational: they're social, cultural & historical. There are many books about this fascinating subject for the general reader. ...Read more