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addiction

 [ah-dik´shun]
1. the state of being given up to some habit or compulsion.
2. strong physiological and psychological dependence on a drug or other agent; see alcoholism and drug dependence.
drug addiction a state of heavy dependence on a drug; sometimes defined as physical dependence but usually also including emotional dependence, i.e., compulsive or pathological drug use. It is often used synonymously with drug dependence.

drug addiction

A compulsive and maladaptive dependence on a drug that produces adverse psychological, physical, economic, social, or legal ramifications. See: substance abuse; substance dependence
See also: addiction

Patient discussion about drug addiction

Q. What happens in rehab centers? How do they “cure” alcoholics and drug addicts?

A. REHAB;for alcoholics are the same as rehabs for drugs addicted people--alcohol is a drug,people learn how to deal with ther disease,they learn how to ask for help when they fell like drinking,they learn how to go to meetings everyday,they learn how to stay away from people places and things that remind them of drinking(bars)(friends).rehabs DO NOT CURE YOU they teach you how to cure yourself or stay away from alcohol/drugs---mrfoot56---peace

Q. Why should I feel sorry for a drug addict when it was their choice to start doing drugs in the first place? Why should I feel sorry for a drug addict when it was their choice to start doing drugs in the first place? Should we be so sympathetic to people who are addicted to drugs? What are your thoughts?

A. you cant blame a drug addict..for being a drug addict..but you can blame him for not trying to stop..addiction is a disease...it is treated as a disease...alcoholics are the same as any other drug addict--but alot of older people dont look at it that way,because it is legal...there are more alcoholics,than cocaine,herion,crack,meth...all put together...HUMAN NATURE..is the answer to why we have so much drug addiction....ALSO WHY DO PEOPLE ALWAYS BLAME THE USERS...BLAME THE PEOPLE WHO LET THIS STUFF IN THE COUNTRY,BLAME THE ALCOHOL COMPANYS..FOR PUTTING THIS STUFF ON THE MARKET,HERE IS A QUESTION FOR YOU;;;IF THE US GOVERNMENT KNOWS ALCOHOL IS KILLING PEOPLE,AT HOME AND ON THE ROADS,WHY DONT STAY BAN IT LIKE THEY BAN THE OTHER DRUGS?????MONEY IS THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL.....mrfoot56.....peace

Q. are there are acceptable drugs by the health industry for depression which are not addictive but yet effective

A. As toward other drugs, patients may develop addiction to the mood-improving actions of the medications, so potentially every medication that works has the potential to induce addiction (even medications to other non-psychiatric condition that cause good feeling may do that).

However, the current medications used to treat depression are not considered dangerous in this matter.

You may read more here (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/depression.html), and if you have any questions regarding this subject you may consult a doctor (e.g. a psychiatrist)

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En el capitulo primero de Toxicomania y sociedad de consumo, se dice: "la droga deviene un medio para eliminar al otro en la busqueda de goce, y da lugar a una experiencia autoerotica en la cual el cuerpo mismo es consumido como una mercancia" (Carmona, 2008, p.
The most important single concepts used in the analysis are: beroende (dependence); beroendeframkallande (dependence-producing); drogmissbrukare/narkotikamissbrukare (drug abuser); eufomani (euphomania); giftmissbruk (poison abuse); missbruk (abuse); narkoman (narcomaniac); narkomani (narcomania); narkotika (narcotics/drugs); narkotikabruk (drug use); narkotikabrukare (drug user); narkotikakonsumtion (drug consumption); narkotikamissbruk (drug abuse); narkotikasjuk (drug sick); narkotiska amnen/medel (narcotic substances); narkotiker (narcotic); supare (boozers); tillvanjning (addiction); tillvanjningsbefordrande (addiction promoting), toxicomani (toxicomania); and vanjning habituation).
Le Poulichet, Silvie (1990), Toxicomania y Psicoanalisis.
O modelo e apresentado a partir dos estudos mais recentes e e ilustrado pelo programa de formacao cruzada, um modelo desenvolvido para as redes da saude mental e da toxicomania no sudoeste de Montreal.
Se trata en una palabra de la "epidemia" de la drogadiccion, o bien toxicomania, que, por su distintiva "tendencia compulsiva a la autodestruccion"--contraste con las adicciones socialmente aceptadas--, se ha convertido en objeto de una singular estigmatizacion--en concordancia con el hecho de haber sido reconstituido como un verdadero tabu--.
Como el gen de la toxicomania o de la drogadiccion no existe, queremos incidir en que tal problema es fundamentalmente de origen social y, por lo tanto, hay que volcarse en el analisis de los aspectos sociales si realmente queremos entender y hacer algo de manera realista.
La toxicomania generaria una imagen de <<vagabundo>> via su costo financiero y sus consecuencias fisicas: esta imagen esta estrechamente asociada a la de la <<locura negativa>>.
Como si en la sensibilidad contemporanea se extendieran progresivamente, por esta su condicion artistica, estetica, comunicacional, los rasgos de la toxicomania: la oposicion al orgasmo, la importancia de la percepcion de las cosas, la despersonalizacion y la suspension de la subjetividad, el desarrollo de lo poetico como palabra impersonal y autonoma, semejante a una cosa que se expresa sin estado de animo, involuntariamente.
Sanabria (1994, set.), El fenomeno de la muerte en el campo de la toxicomania, Revista Espanola de Drogodependencias 19 (3): 235-244; E.
Dufty (1977), Grant y Joice (1990) consideran que el habito del consumo de azucar genera una dependencia comparable a la toxicomania. A la mayoria de los ninos sensibles al consumo de azucar refinado les origina hiperactividad, nerviosismo y agitacion.
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Los paises excomunistas registran un aumento de la corrupcion, de la toxicomania, de la extorsion, del blanqueo de dinero y de la explotacion sexual de ninos.