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How do drug addictions start?

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Dr. Robert Stewart
Clinical Psychology
5 doctors agree

In brief: Drug addiction

Starts by using a drug that briefly gives you pleasure or relieves distress.
The most addicting drugs produce tolerance -- more drug is needed to get the same effect -- & cause withdrawal reactions -- you feel terrible as the drug leaves your body. Addictions are misguided attempts to feel good. They are temporary & can cause more problems than they solve, including permanent brain damage.

In brief: Drug addiction

Starts by using a drug that briefly gives you pleasure or relieves distress.
The most addicting drugs produce tolerance -- more drug is needed to get the same effect -- & cause withdrawal reactions -- you feel terrible as the drug leaves your body. Addictions are misguided attempts to feel good. They are temporary & can cause more problems than they solve, including permanent brain damage.
Dr. Robert Stewart
Dr. Robert Stewart
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Dr. Vasu Brown
Wound care
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Addictive Thinking

Characteristics of the addictive process are: salience, obsession, abnormal or pathological importance of the substance or behavior persistence, rigidity, stereotypy, inflexibility and repetition of the particular addictive behavior relative immunity to adverse consequences and resistance to learned modification of behavior.

In brief: Addictive Thinking

Characteristics of the addictive process are: salience, obsession, abnormal or pathological importance of the substance or behavior persistence, rigidity, stereotypy, inflexibility and repetition of the particular addictive behavior relative immunity to adverse consequences and resistance to learned modification of behavior.
Dr. Vasu Brown
Dr. Vasu Brown
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