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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 condition characterized by an overwhelming desire to continue taking a drug to which one has become habituated through repeated consumption because it produces a particular effect, usually an alteration of mental status. Addiction is usually accompanied by a compulsion to obtain the drug, a tendency to increase the dose, a psychological or physical dependence, and detrimental consequences for the individual and society. Common addictive drugs are barbiturates, alcohol, and morphine and other opioids, especially heroin, which has slightly greater euphorigenic properties than other opium derivatives. See also alcoholism, drug abuse.

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


physiological dependence on some agent, usually a plant, with a tendency to increase its use. Whether true addiction ever occurs in animals is doubtful. Field evidence does point to preferential grazing of some known toxic plants, e.g. Astragalus, Swainsona spp.

drug addiction
abuse of narcotic drugs is a hazard of veterinary practice because of the availability of addictive agents to registered veterinarians. The same laws apply to members of the veterinary profession as to the medical profession and are designed to protect them against becoming dependent upon any drug. Deregistration and a consequent isolation from the prohibited substances is the usual penalty.

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.
El programa de formacion cruzada del suroeste de Montreal: mejores practicas y formacion en el contexto del continuo de los servicios de salud mental y toxicomania
Sin embargo, la guerra contra la droga es una vez mas un pretexto para la represion: al tratar al opiomano como un inadaptado o un criminal condenado a trabajo forzado, el gobierno chino, lejos de curar la toxicomania, revela su rechazo de toda disidencia (Sorman 1993: 241-46).
Desde que la "droga" es un fenomeno de masas, la toxicomania es el parangon del individuo sin vinculo y como el vagabundo de antano, encarna la presencia de lo a-social.
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>>.
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.
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.
Toate fenomenele psihopatologice culmineaza cu aparitia si evolutia fenomenelor de dependenta, glisand mai apoi catre toxicomania barbiturica.
En relacion a la problematica de los padres: 8 presentaban toxicomania (1 acudia a tratamiento), 8 se encontraban en prision y 5 tenian alguna psicopatologia; de las madres, 22 presentaban toxicomania (7 acudian a tratamientos de desintoxicacion), 27 presentaban psicopatologia y 5 se encontraban en prision.
Trazendo a tona a toxicomania e o papel da psicanalise no sentido de construir possibilidades efetivas de enfrentamento em detrimento do seu enrijecimento e ate mesmo aniquilamento, no decimo nono capitulo, O campo das adicoes: para pensar a subjetividade na toxicomania, as autoras referem que tais possibilidades podem ser construidas quando permitida a ruptura com um historico de indiferenca em relacao a si mesmo.
Na epoca, chegou a ser internado por causa da agressividade e da drogadicao, confirmando inumeras observacoes clinicas sobre a possivel articulacao entre toxicomania, psicose e adolescencia (cf.