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Doctor insights on: Words Of Encouragement Or Motivation To Someone Suffering From Addiction

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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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What do you advise if I'm suffering pentazocine addiction after prolong use of this drug from last 5years. can any one help me?

What do you advise if I'm suffering pentazocine addiction after prolong use of this drug from last 5years. can any one help me?

Same as any other: opiate. There is lots of help available to people with opiate addiction, whether it is Talwin, (pentazocine) heroin or oxycodone. Pentazocine produces a high level of psychological dependency, but much less physical dependency, so withdrawal isn't usually an issue. Your PCP can refer you, or you can google chemical dependency programs in your area. Narcotics Anonymous is free and available. ...Read more

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How can I determine if I am suffering from pain meds addiction or just impulse pain pill abuse?

How can I determine if I am suffering from pain meds addiction or just impulse pain pill abuse?

Ask yourself...: Is my pain med use causing problems in my work, school, physical, finances or relationships ? Have i been taking meds exactly as prescribed ? Am i needing increasing amounts of the meds to stem withdrawal symptoms ? Have i used meds for any other purpose besides pain relief ? "just impulse pain pill abuse" can kill you. Seek help. Treatment works. ...Read more

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I am suffering from little energy and motivation and always feel tired. Is this medical or psychological problem or am i just lazy?

I am suffering from little energy and motivation and always feel tired. Is this medical or psychological problem or am i just lazy?

Get evaluated: Your sx could be either medical, psychological, or both. You have to rule out medical causes first:i would recommend contacting your physician asking for complete work up. If results are normal, then you might want to speak to a psychologist to figure out what causing stress. If there's abnormality, you still might want to enlist help of a psychologist to improve coping. ...Read more

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I feel sleepy most of the day and i cannot do any thing. In other words, I have no motivation to do any thing. My sexual desire is also not good. What should I do?

I feel sleepy most of the day and i cannot do any thing. In other words, I have no motivation to do any thing. My sexual desire is also not good. What should I do?

Depression: Depression can cause these symptoms; alcohol and drugs can also. So can many other illnesses. You can get help by starting with your family physician for a thorough health review, and dealing with any problems that might show up. If depression seems likely, your doctor may also want you to work with a psychiatrist for more long-term treatment. Psychotherapy would be a big part of this. ...Read more

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Im suffering from lyrica (pregabalin) addiction for a year, a pharmacist adviced me to use Neurontin to get rid of lyrica (pregabalin) withdrawls. Would it really help?

Im suffering from lyrica (pregabalin) addiction for a year, a pharmacist adviced me to use Neurontin to get rid of lyrica (pregabalin) withdrawls. Would it really help?

Probably. : The drugs are very similar. Pregabalin (lyrica) has some habit forming potential that Neurontin (gabapentin) doesn't appear to have. We use both drugs to treat pain syndromes such as neuropathic pain, post-hermetic neuralgia; fibromyalgia, etc. Talk with your doctor about it. Good luck. ...Read more

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Been suffering with lhermittes for a month (mris brain&c ok). Could a 5 year addiction to nicotine gum (15x2mg daily) cause vitamin B12 deficiency?

Been suffering with lhermittes for a month (mris brain&c ok). Could a 5 year addiction to nicotine gum (15x2mg daily) cause vitamin B12 deficiency?

Unrelated. : I think you are saying you have been suffering with lhermitte's sign, and there are no findings on brain and c-spine mris to justify your symptoms. You know that b-12 deficiency can cause it, so you wonder if nicotine gum has caused that. No. Start by talking to your doc about whether you have a b-12 deficiency. Some people simply can't absorb b-12. Ssri discontinuation can also cause lhermitte's. ...Read more

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I need some motivation and encouragement to get up and run 3 miles tomorrow?

I need some motivation and encouragement to get up and run 3 miles tomorrow?

Positive rethinking: After you figure out the obstacle, you can figure out what you can do to overcome it and make an assessment plan. The most important thing is that you’re doing it on a fix schedule, and that you’re doing it for you. ...Read more

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Is there a way to help someone with addiction?

Is there a way to help someone with addiction?

Help yourself: This is a very difficult thing for people with addiction and those who care about them. You need to emotionally protect yourself, and allow them to make their own choices, but to provide opportunities for rehab, psychotherapy, and/or 12 step programs like aa or na. ...Read more