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craving

(krāv'ing),
The desire for more of a substance or activity (for example, drug of abuse, sex) consisting of a desire to experience the euphoric (or other) effects, as well as the desire to avoid the withdrawal aspects of abstinence.
A strong desire to consume a particular substance—e.g., of abuse (cocaine)—or food (chocolate); craving is a major factor in relapse and/or continued use after withdrawal from a substance of abuse and is both imprecisely defined and difficult to measure

craving

Psychology A strong desire to consume a particular substance–eg of abuse, or food; craving is a major factor in relapse and/or continued use after withdrawal from a substance of abuse and is both imprecisely defined and difficult to measure. Cf Addiction, '–holic. '.

craving

(krāv) [AS crafian]
An uncontrollable desire to be exposed to something, especially to an addictive agent.

Patient discussion about craving

Q. I am bipolar woman and was diagnosed last year. Please give some experience and help.why do I crave it so high I am bipolar woman and was diagnosed last year. I had found recently a new crave for cocaine as it calms me down and I feel very relaxed. But aftereffect for cocaine is very disturbing and my crave increases a lot. Sometime I had sensed to harm myself if I don’t get it. I have not told this to my family and doctor; but need to know if it is going right. I feel not. Please give some experience and help…….why do I crave it so high?

A. Saloni,
First thank you for sharing with us. A lot of people with Bipolar Disorder self medicate. The perscribed medications often take time to work and more often than not need to be adjusted several times before you will find a combination that works well for you. In that time people tend to loose patience and can turn to street drugs for some kind of relief. The problem with street drugs is that they don't work either, they may have an imediate effect but it is short lived and often leaves you feeling worse than before. This is how addiction starts. You begin to crave the calm that you had during the high and take more and more to try to get that back. Please talk to your doctor about seeing a psychiatrist and a theropist, they will know more about the medications used to treat bipolar disorder. Also it is very important to be very honest with them. Trust me you will not be the first patent they have had that is self medicating. They can help you ge on the right meds and

Q. We wanted to give some food which can stop his crave for over drinking of alcohol? My alcoholic brother is trying hard to leave on his alcohol. Six months before he was found with high alcohol abuse and luckily he showed a good response during his diagnosis questionnaire. But that has not solved his problem. He still craves alcohol in his blood. We wanted to give some food which can stop his crave for over drinking of alcohol. We have noticed that after taking alcohol he cannot stop and takes it in higher dosage. How can we help him in this?

A. i don't think any diet can help you avoid detox. some can help your brother in handling the detox outcomes, such as vomiting and nausea . but the detox itself- he has no choice but to go through. any way good nutrition should be considered in order to help the liver heal.

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She cited a study from 2004 which compared chocolate cravings of American and Spanish women.
It can also be an overlooked craving: sometimes what feels like a food craving may be mild dehydration.
Regarding craving for marijuana, on one hand, one study (13) verified that 93% of marijuana dependents reported only a mild craving for the substance whereas, another research (14) observed that dependents reported a more intense craving than cocaine dependents.
WHETHER you're feeling desperate for chocolate or longing for carbs, cravings are your body's way of telling you something is missing.
Once you know your triggers you can deal with cravings differently.
Avec les avancees technologiques des dernieres annees (IRM fonctionnelle, PET Scan), puis l'arrivee du DSM-V et son inclusion comme critere diagnostique des troubles lies a l'utilisation de substances, le craving est devenu un symptome central en toxicomanie.
The inability to cope with NWS and craving when quitting smoking appears to account for the failure of many cessation attempts (Ferguson, Shiffman, & Gwaltney, 2006).
All these figures add up to prove that, whatever some people might say, pregnancy cravings are a firm fact; but what is less certain, is why.
Xingbao Li and colleagues at Medical University of South Carolina examined cravings triggered by smoking cues in 16 nicotine-dependent volunteers who received one session each of high frequency or sham repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation applied over the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex.
If you suddenly find yourself craving meat more than usual, it could simply be that you are desperate for a good meal.
These results demonstrate that treatment with bupropion is associated with an improved ability to resist cue-induced craving and a reduction in cue-induced activation of limbic and prefrontal brain regions," the authors conclude.