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What is addiction?

Addiction is a term that is used to describe a recurring compulsion by the person that engages him in a particular activity, inspite of the harmful consequences to their health and social life. It is accepted all over that addiction is a disease and a state of psychological dependence on something that can have damaging effects on oyur body.

It is said that addiction is one of the complex and perplexing problem arising in hew society. It crosses the limits of the culture and socioeconomic levels, takes a dangerous price on the lives of the people and also raises the costs of health care. The cause of the addiction can be genetic, psychosocial or neurobiological.

Addiction is a chronic regressing disease of the brain. The brain imaging shows that the addiction severely affects the areas of the brain that are responsible for different functions like decision making, behavior control, learning and memory. Thus, people who are addicted exhibit destructive and compulsive behaviors. Addition can be of different types. It may be drug addiction, alcohol addiction, sex addiction, gambling addiction, pornography addiction, etc.

It is demonstrated by the scientific studies that a proper combination of medications, behavioral therapy and group support help the addicted person to travel on the road towards recovery. Treatment is just the onset of addiction. For long term recovery, you need to make a lifetime commitment to healthy actions and decisions. Reversion may be possible at times. So families should be prepared and also prepare the addicted person to face it.

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Aggressive ecstasy, crystal meth bill gets new legs in Parliament

A private member’s bill re-introduced in the House of Commons on Monday would allow law enforcement officers to arrest those who procure ingredients with the intent of manufacturing ecstasy or methamphetamine. The proposed legislation, Bill C-475, An Act to Amend the Controlled and Substances Act, was originally tabled by Peace River MP Chris Warkentin in….

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Primary Care for Alcoholics

In treating alcohol abuse and alcoholism, “we haven’t yet reached the Prozac moment,” says Dr. Mark Willenbring, referring to the drugs that radically changed the treatment of depression. But Dr. Willenbring, an expert on treating alcohol addiction, predicts that the day is not far off when giving a pill and five minutes of advice to….

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Denial is a sure way to prolong our hangover

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We must fully debate our attitude to alcohol, or acknowledgment of our dysfunctionality will be suppressed, writes BRIAN O’CONNELL A soon-to-be-published study attempts to define, with some clarity, what the health consequences of our national hangover are. The report examined alcohol-attributable deaths and hospitalisation in Ireland from 2000 to 2004. In that period, one-in-10 bed-days….

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Symptoms of Substance abuse in teenagers

Substance abuse is spreading rapidly around the world and the number of teens who do substance abuse is increasing at an alarming rate. Teenagers are widely using chemical substances for altering their “mood and physical state”. The use of chemical substances beyond the prescribed limit is bound to make the body of the user dependent….

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