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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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How can I treat an addiction to masturbation?

How can I treat an addiction to masturbation?

Joint therapy.: This type of problem may require both counseling and medication to be effective. But most important of all, successful treatment of addiction of any kind requires a sincere commitment to rid oneself of it. ...Read more

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Why do some people become addicted to methadone if it is used to help quit a addiction to opiates?

Why do some people become addicted to methadone if it is used to help quit a addiction to opiates?

PAin and personality: Methadone is a powerful pain relieving medication. It does not have as much of the euphoria you see with other opioids , but still can make people feel better. Peopel who get addicted to Methadone have usually been addicated to other medications. ...Read more

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How to treat sexual addiction?

How to treat sexual addiction?

Seek treatment: Some studies have shown benefits from using ssri medication (prozac, zoloft, (sertraline) etc, ) for the treatment of sexual addiction. A very recent study found some help from anti-seizure medication (topamax, keppra). Sme people find self-help and support groups to be valuable. Bottom line: seek treatment from a psychiatrist who can direct you to all these treatment options. ...Read more

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How can one treat addiction to masturbation?

How can one treat addiction to masturbation?

Support : Masturbation can be necessary and healthy, it is not always an addiction. If it is truly a problem for you find a way to support your desire to stop. Support groups and/or individual therapy can work. There are lots of reasons that people develop masturbation addictions, you need support to find out what's going on with you and to know if you have an addiction. Good luck and best wishes. ...Read more

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How can you determine when an alcohol problem transitions to alcoholism?

How can you determine when an alcohol problem transitions to alcoholism?

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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Why is sex addiction difficult to treat in younger people?

Why is sex addiction difficult to treat in younger people?

Focus of young: For a number of reasons sexual activity is much higher in young people anyway. For instance, hormone levels tend to stimulate interest. But also young people are surrounded by messages in the media and social media encouraging relationships and sexuality. All of this makes treatment harder, but certainly not possible. ...Read more

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How can I overcome an addiction to gambling?

How can I overcome an addiction to gambling?

Let's talk: The type, severity, & pervasiveness of the ld will determine its treatment. Obviously, the ld needs to be described & appropriate interventions made. Yes, it's possible to overcome a long standing ld if the patient has the desire and fortitude to try. Many appropriate accommodations occur in le patients, some of which they are entirely unaware of. Seek help from developmental doc & therapists. ...Read more

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What can I do to overcome an addiction to ketamine?

What can I do to overcome an addiction to ketamine?

Talk to someone: Addiction is difficult to overcome. Some are able to break addiction by themselves. Most need professional help. I suggest you discuss this with a trusted professional who can help you asses the depth of the addiction and recommend a solution tailored to your needs. ...Read more

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How could a person who is not motivated to treat their thyroid get motivated to treat it?

How could a person who is not motivated to treat their thyroid get motivated to treat it?

Don't know: That's something you have to solve for yourself. Think about how much better you'll feel if it's treated properly. You probably have problems in other area of your life as well. Consider counselling. ...Read more

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How to stop when u are addicted to drugs?

How to stop when u are addicted to drugs?

Get help: depends on what kind of drug. There are chemical dependency programs all over the country, and Miami has plenty of them. If you are on a drug which produces physical dependency, you may need medical help to safely and comfortably withdraw. Counseling, self-help groups and finding ways to replace drugs with healthy alternatives are critical. Treatment can be inpatient or outpatient. ...Read more

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How to do treat a drug addict patient?how to cure him?why do they act abnormal after leaving drugs and dont socialize?how to get back them to normal?

How to do treat a drug addict patient?how to cure him?why do they act abnormal after leaving drugs and dont socialize?how to get back them to normal?

All addictions: This resource started for alcoholics, but is fully for drugs too. Read their site - there are groups World-wide. They can answer your ?'s better than most anyone. Language may be the issue, but don't think 'cure' or 'normal' and ask your friend to read this too. NA groups can be life saving! I wish you well! ...Read more

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How can you treat a stroke victim when they return to work?

How can you treat a stroke victim when they return to work?

Normally as possible: Patients who have had stroke generally prefer to be treated as they were treated before their stroke as much as possible. Certain physical losses may prevent certain activities or participation but as much as the stroke victim can participate safely and without embarrassment they should. ...Read more

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How can I break this addiction to lorazepam?

How can I break this addiction to lorazepam?

N.A.: Look up Narcotics Anonymous in the phone book or go to www.na.org and go to a meeting tonight. The people there will know the local doctors and rehab centers that will be able to help you. ...Read more

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How to determine when it becomes depression?

How to determine when it becomes depression?

Agree w Dr Berman.: What differentiates depressed mood from a major depression is that it causes problems with function in a number of areas of life ; it reduces quality of life. ...Read more

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How to stop with my addiction to porn?

Get psychiatric help: Sexual addiction is a recognized form of "process" addiction - addiction to something other than a substance. It may be similar to gambling addiction. There is often a history of trauma, particularly at young ages - being molested or sexually involved with an older person as a child. There are psychiatrists/psychologists who specialize in the treatment of sexual problems like porn addiction. ...Read more

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How easy is it to get addicted to pain medication for chronic illness?

How easy is it to get addicted to pain medication for chronic illness?

Addiction: Dependency is more common and also tolerance. Addicition is a more serious issue as you lose control of how you use the medication ...Read more

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How can I treat my addiction to pain killers?

How can I treat my addiction to pain killers?

Addiction: Please go and see a pain doctor who does addiction medicine or an addictionologist. You have taken the first and most important step - by admitting you have an addiction - now you need help to be free of this. ...Read more

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How to stop my addiction to painkillers?

How to stop my addiction to painkillers?

Painkillers addict.: You need a few steps to help you withdraw from using the drug(s) as quickly and safely as possible. Withdrawal side effects of painkillers meds can range from relatively minor to severe. The amount of painkiller you need will be calculated, and you may be put on a substitute medication. Rec.: see a therapist, joint a support group, get treatment and seek treatment for other comorbidities. ...Read more

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Can a person get addicted to marijuana as they can to alcohol? Which is worse? Isn't alcohol hard to wean off of? Which is a "healthier" vice?

Can a person get addicted to marijuana as they can to  alcohol?  Which is worse?  Isn't alcohol hard to wean off of? Which is a "healthier" vice?

Thc vs alcohol: Yes both alcohol and marijuana are addictive. Often people with underlying conditions such as social phobia, generalized anxiety disorders and panic disorders use alcohol and or marijuana to self treat. Long term use of marijuana has been associated with development of psychosis (paranoia) and frontal lobe syndrome (apathy). Neither are good vices as it reaches addiction consumption. ...Read more

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