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Why Are Drugs More Addictive Than Natural Rewards
Is it possible to cure a drug addiction (not mine) without the help of a professional. Like any vitamins or natural B6 supplements?
Not beneficial : There are many things that lead to an addiction and consequences of an addiction that should to be explored with the assistance of a professional. Furthermore, behavioral changes and coping skills need to be learned to remain clean and sober. One can achieve this through the assistance of a specialist who is trained in addiction. At the very least, one should explore getting help through aa or na. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Who says it is?: Addiction is not a function of the drug as much as it is a function of the person who is TAKING that drug. Most people who drink are not addicted to alcohol, but 10% or so are. The same number is true of marijuana, with about 10% of users having dependency. It has a very mild withdrawal syndrome for one, compared to alcohol, tranquilizers or opiates, and doesn't have the euphoria of stimulants. ...Read more
Of course: "drug" is a very generic word. Antibiotics, antihypertensives, anti-diabetes medications are all drugs. Any substance from outside the body that changes our physiology is a drug. Only a handful of drug classes produce tolerance and withdrawal, which is what makes a drug dependency-producing (i don't use the term "addictive" drug - addiction more involves the person, not the medicine). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Alcoholism and other drug addiction have genetic and environmental causes. Both have serious consequences for children who live in homes where parents are involved. More than 28 million americans are children of alcoholics; nearly 11 million are under the age of 18. This figure is magnified by the countless number of others who are affected by parents who are impaired by other psychoactive drugs. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Get help...: Most addicts do not want to stop and think that they can stop on their own. An addiction is hard to overcome alone. Drugs activate parts of the brain that make you feel good, but the good feelings last for less and less time and you need more and more of the substance to get the high. Contact a therapist or rehab program get help asap. ...Read more
Addiction: A harmful pattern of use characterized by tolerance, withdrawal, using more of the substance than intended, persistent desire or unsuccessful attempts to cut down or stop using, significant periods of time spent using or obtaining the substance at the expense of other major life responsibilities, and continuing to use despite the knowledge of significant adverse effects on your life. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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