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Where do I go for help with my addiction?

Where do I go for help with my addiction?

Many Options: To Help Treat Addictive Disorders: Community Supports (Recovery Centers or 12-Step Meetings), Individual Counselor or Agencies Licensed in Addictions Counseling, Psychologist/Psychiatrist, Individual and/or Group Psychotherapy, Intensive Outpatient Programs (Eve/Day), Inpatient/Residential Treatment (14-30+ days), Hospital Detox. Any combination of these. Help is available - addiction is treatable ...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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How do I tell my family/friends I need help with my addiction?

How do I tell my family/friends I need help with my addiction?

Do a family meeting: To engage friends and family members to help support one's treatment for addiction, one should select several friends and family members for a meeting at the beginning of treatment. He should choose people who tend to enjoy helping others during illnesses and crises, yet he may want to avoid being overly demanding of friends and family members. ...Read more

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What should I do to help with my addiction to herbal incense?

What should I do to help with my addiction to herbal incense?

A treatment program: Most chemical dependency programs, while they mostly treat folks with alcohol, opiate and Cocaine problems, also treat people with a variety of other issues. Herbal incenses like k2 and spice are basically cannabis substitutes, and the treatment to help get off these is really no different than for those other drugs. Try 12-step programs like aa/na or get into a formal treatment program/counseling. ...Read more

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What is the likelihood for an addiction to just go away?

What is the likelihood for an addiction to just go away?

By definition: Addictions do not just go away. Once you are addicted to something, it does not go away. You can learn to control it, but must always stay vigilant or it will come back at a higher level than before you stopped using the substance. Good luck and don't be afraid to get help to overcome it. ...Read more

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I want to know if I should go see someone to help me with this strange addiction. And who? Help?

I want to know if I should go see someone to help me with this strange addiction. And who? Help?

Is it also a secret?: Sorry, I do take addiction concerns seriously. But you've only said it's strange.... Anyway, the 12-step approach provides help for a wide range of objects. They have the best record of success in alcohol & drug addicts. You might want to find a meeting and ask them for advise with your issue. Otherwise, if you want one-on-one, see a cbt therapist for behavior change. Good luck! ...Read more

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I am constantly try my best but the things i want to go away always persist. How can I stop these addictions?

Thought Addiction!: They're not addictions, they're habits of thinking. If i said, "don't think of a huge, pink elephant!", what's the first thing that you think of? There are things you can learn, like relaxation skills, to help you control your thoughts, rather than the other way around. Also, accept you're doing your best rather than trying to do your best. Short-term counseling could be really helpful for this. ...Read more

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If i can go a a few days without craving a cigarette or having signs of withdraw, what's the chance that I have addiction?

If i can go a a few days without craving a cigarette or having signs of withdraw, what's the chance that I have addiction?

Are You a "Chipper"?: 'chippers' challenge concepts of smoking addiction - by b. Wilson (1/22/2009) @ npr.Org (http://n.Pr/w6fi0m) | in 70's, saul shiffrin described a group of chronic cigarette smokers who show (a) signs of tolerance to nicotine but (b) no signs dependence on it -i.e., no withdrawal. By some definitions of addiction, these "chippers" aren't "addicted." but who cares? Smoking very bad for your health! ...Read more

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I'm over weight and have an eating problem.I need help and ddon't know where to go. Dr says loose but i can't cause the food addiction.Who can help me?

I'm over weight and have an eating problem.I need help and ddon't know where to go. Dr says loose but i can't cause the food addiction.Who can help me?

Ask to speak with: A therapist who specializes in eating disorders. It issue is only part of the problem. A therapist can help upu make healthy life changes (exercise and diet). Keeping track of everything you eat with an app on your phone can help ( it's a simple behavioral modificaton technique). The book, making peace with food, can also help, good luck and let us know how you do. ...Read more

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I went to see my aunt today so wonderin what alcohol/drugs cause squirmin n lot more gigglin to she has history of alcohol n dtug addiction please hel?

Could be anything: Getting "high" usually includes a sense of euphoria and decreased inhibition. The symptoms you describe could be from abuse of almost anything or even represent an underlying medical or psychological condition. Have you talked to her about getting help? Also, not to be judgemental, but i hope you are not on all 3 of the medications on your profile at the same time. Opiates can be addictive. ...Read more

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What causes addiction?

What causes addiction?

"Liking": Liking something whether it be a substance or activity to the point where there is a preoccupation resulting in harm.. Probably has to do with Dopamine in the brain which some people get more of a boost from than others. This is heavily genetically influenced. Some substances have such a profound effect that they tend to be more "addictive" than others-like smoked methamphetamine or nicotine. ...Read more

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