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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'm 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?

I'm 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

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Can someone have an addiction to porn?

Can someone have an addiction to porn?

Yes: It is actually relatively common, with some preferring pornography to actual sex with another human being. This group of disorders, where there is more of a focus on a THING (porn, fetishes etc.) rather than a PERSON are called paraphilias, and are a recognized psychiatric condition. The availability of the Internet has increased the prevalence of this issue. It can and should be treated. ...Read more

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When should someone see an addictions counselor?

When should someone see an addictions counselor?

Addiction: When your life becomes unmanageable because of the substance, when it impedes relationships with others, and when you realize you cannot get through your days without it, seek an addictions counselor. ...Read more

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What are some tips for someone with food addiction?

What are some tips for someone with food addiction?

Psychiatrist: A psychiatrist and nutritionist can provide some help. ...Read more

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What defines sex addiction? How to tell if someone is a sex addict?

Out of control: A sex addiction occurs when sex is interferring with social, occupational & recreational activities. The person tries to stop the behavior but can't. They spend more time or require progressively more hard core sex to satisfy their need. It usually requires that the person spends a fair amount of time either engaging in or fantasizing about sex. A psychological eval can dx. ...Read more

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Can someone be addicted to sex with one person? And when does it become an addiction

Can someone be addicted to sex with one person? And when does it become an addiction

Yes: Addictions to sex to one person is possible. There is a difference between craving and desiring something/someone and being addicted. Does your mood change when you are not with the person? Do you find yourself wanting, thinking or having sex in place of other activities in your life? When the behavior interferes in your life and replaces other helpful behaviors, you may be addicted. ...Read more

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If someone knows smoking is bad for them, why can they still not break the addiction?

Addiction: You said the key word "Addiction". Can be psychological & more so physiological. Addiction entails continued use inspite of awareness of health consequences. ...Read more

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Is computer addiction something you should tell someone when you see it's a problem? Please advise!

Is computer addiction something you should tell someone when you see it's a problem? Please advise!

Yes: It is an addiction like any other. Working with a therapist can help curtail use and set more effective limits on screen time. ...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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Why would someone want treatment for a sexual addiction?

Repercussions: Because it can ruin & consume subject's life. Subjects seek multiple partners & are or become emotionally barren. It wrecks marriages and other relationships. Sex addicts are usually compelled to have sex. Men often grope & act inappropriately and often don't even enjoy sex. Children of sas can be embarassed as well developing slanted beliefs about sex. Hence treatment, which hopefully helps. ...Read more

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How do you tell someone that they might have an addiction?

Tell what bothers u: Pointing other person has a problem will create defensive attitude. The only thing you can do is to set healthy boundary for yourself - you can say I have a problem - whatever you are having issue with and give some rules and consequences. Learn how to detach from situations and follow through with consequences. ...Read more

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