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Doctor insights on: What Nationalities Have Worse Addictions Rates

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Are various races and nationalities effected by differently by addiction?

Are various races and nationalities effected by differently by addiction?

Short answer - no!: addiction does not discriminate. However, there are physical differences such as alcohol dehydrogenase (enzyme that breaks down alcohol) between certain races that some say either protect or make one more vulnerable to addiction. There are also significant socio-cultural/racial differences that may protect against addictive disorders. ...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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Aadderall addiction: is outpatient treatment a viable alternative to an inpatient program? Are success rates significantly lower?

Aadderall addiction:  is outpatient treatment a viable alternative to an inpatient program?  Are success rates significantly lower?

Mutual support works: Both inpatient and outpatient programs work most effectively when combined with mutual support. Consider attending a meeting of Narcotics Anonymous or Crystal Meth Anonymous. ...Read more

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Any thoughts on why people with schizophrenia have such high rates of smoking (nicotine addiction)?

Any thoughts on why people with schizophrenia have such high rates of smoking (nicotine addiction)?

Nicotine & Schiz: There are different ideas about this, but no "written in stone" answers. One is the possibility that nicotine may assist people whose internal "gating" mechanisms may be faulty -- where they have trouble differentiating inner from outer stimuli. Another is that nicotine may simply be more addicting in schizophrenic brains than others. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23919443. ...Read more

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What is worse a coke addiction or oxycodone addiction?

What is worse a coke addiction or oxycodone addiction?

Both are bad: Cocaine is more likely to lead to stroke and cardiovascular issues, where as oxycodone is more likely to lead to respiratory depression. Both are bad and i would not trade one for the other. Seek professional help to break free of each. ...Read more

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Is my addiction worsening my depression or vice versa?

Is my addiction worsening my depression or vice versa?

Works both ways: Depression may cause people to be drug or alcohol seeking, and drugs and alcohol are known to cause depression, even though in the short term they may feel as if they make you feel better. ...Read more

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I have asthma, and drug addiction (ephedrin and theopiline) if in a day didn't use the medication my condition became worse what should I do?

Drug addiction: You need treatment for drug addiction. If your asthma is not under control, there are other safer ; more effective medications. Ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) ; theophylline are dangerous unless used under a physician's supervision. They can cause convulsions ; heart arrhythmias. Please do not delay seeking help for your addiction. ...Read more

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My dad and I were just diagnosed with 'MEN.1' My dad's almost 60-will he be okay finding the cancer so late? &Does drug addiction make it worse? :(

My dad and I were just diagnosed with 'MEN.1' My dad's almost 60-will he be okay finding the cancer so late? &Does drug addiction make it worse? :(

It's manageable: The tumors in 'MEN-I' tend to be benign and quite manageable, if they pop up at all. Some folks carry the gene and never have troubles. Just be vigilant and detecting them at any age is easy. ...Read more

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