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What Is The Best Way To Help Break Any Addiction
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
Alcohol: I don't believe people have drug or alcohol problems. I do, on the other hand, believe they have emotional problems and that they use drugs and alcohol to cope. Speak with a reputable psychotherapist about what is bothering you emotionally, and consider going to 12 step meetings. Find one that is right for you. ...Read more
Professional help: Addiction is physical and psychological. The physical dependence can be eased with medications however the psychological dependence is much greater ! it is really best to get counseling to help you beat the psych. Craving. Most drugs that are abused are basically being used to "self medicate" or treat "issues". ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
There are many: Like all addictions treatment should be personalized, that is it should be designed just for you. Treatments can include 12 step meetings, individual and group therapy, medications if other symptoms like depression exist, marriage therapy, cognitive behavior therapy, stress management, social skills training. Find a psychiatrist or sex addiction counselor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Some Questions: I'm going to think of this more neutrally, as simply some "behavior." my questions then: when r u engaging in it? What thoughts, emotions, situations r triggering it? What are ur judgments about this behavior? What is ur understanding of how much of this behavior others ur age/life circumstances engage in? What do u think would need 2b different about u or ur life 2 make u feel less "addicted"? ...Read more
Gradually: Zopiclone is like all of the other "z-drugs" for insomnia that are called "non-benzodiazepines" due to their chemical structure, but cause the same chemical effects in the brain as benzos, and will lead to the same sort of tolerance and benzo withdrawal symptoms. Either reduce it very gradually, or have your physician switch you to valium then gradually taper dosage over of several months. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: If the person is merely physically dependent on it (experiences withdrawal symptoms when they try to stop) then a slow taper should work. If they have a true addiction problem then they should be assessed by an addictionologist (http://www.Asam.Org) and follow the treatment recommendations. Addiction is a much more serious and potentially fatal problem than physical dependence. ...Read more
Planning & Supports: Go to this website: http://smokefree.Gov/ you'll get useful tips for successfully going "cold turkey from [your] tobacco addiction." the real answer here is to get your plan and supports in place before you quit. When you quit you'll implement your plan and rely heavily on your supports (see the above website for all the great tips). You'll be making an excellent decision for your health! ...Read more
Depends: If the person is merely physically dependent on it (experiences withdrawal symptoms when they try to stop) then a slow taper should work. If they have a true addiction problem then they should be assessed by an addictionologist (http://www.Asam.Org) and follow the treatment recommendations. Addiction is a much more serious and potentially fatal problem than physical dependence. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My mom is addicted and consuming 11 prescription pills a day what is the best way to approach an intervention when dealing with addiction?
Intervention Rx: Intervention is a treatment, and quite powerful. This site is well known to publish some excellent resources that I use in my practice. I am not sure what are of the country you live in, so it is hard for me to recommend specific folks to you, but usually your local mental health facility or your primary care physician can point you in the right direction. http://tinyurl.com/87jpk47. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Do you have this?: All guys enjoy erotica; the best is tasteful & respectful. Imagine folks really in love; avoid the vulgur & degrading. "sexual addictions" are obsession with erotica or easy, casual pleasure that is obviously interfering with your learning / friendships / fitness / family time / job. If you truly have this, your doctor can treat / refer you. Best help will be to fall deeply & truly in love. ...Read more
Nicotine addiction: People have found many methods helpful, including acupuncture, hypnosis, support groups, and relaxation training. You may have to try various methods and combinations, but all seem to require a sincere desire to stop the addiction. Some people just decide to quit and do so. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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