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Drug addiction Definition - Diseases and Conditions - Mayo Clinic

5/9/2014
06:59 | Author: Ryan Brooks

Drug addiction
Drug addiction Definition - Diseases and Conditions - Mayo Clinic

Drug addiction, also called substance use disorder, is a dependence on a legal or illegal drug or medication. Keep in mind that alcohol and nicotine are legal.

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When you're addicted, you're not able to control your drug use and you may continue using the drug despite the harm it causes. Drug addiction can cause an intense craving for the drug. You may want to quit, but most people find they can't do it on their own.

Drug addiction can cause serious, long-term consequences, including problems with physical and mental health, relationships, employment, and the law.

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Drug addiction, also called substance use disorder, is a dependence on a legal or illegal drug or medication. Keep in mind that alcohol and nicotine are legal substances, but are also considered drugs.

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Substance dependence - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

11/18/2014
02:22 | Author: Alex Watson

Drug addiction
Substance dependence - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A drug addiction, a distinct concept from substance dependence, is defined as compulsive, out-of-control drug use, despite negative consequences. An addictive.

Understanding how learning and behavior work in the mesolimbic pathway can help understand the action of addictive drugs. Drug addiction is characterized by strong, drug seeking behaviors in which the addict persistently craves and seeks out drugs, despite the knowledge of harmful consequences. Addictive drugs produce a reward, which is the euphoric feeling resulting from sustained DA concentrations in the synaptic cleft of neurons in the brain. Operant conditioning is exhibited in drug addicts as well as laboratory mice, rats, and primates; they are able to associate an action or behavior, in this case seeking out the drug, with a reward, which is the effect of the drug.

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Drug Abuse and Addiction Causes, Symptoms, and Prevention Facts

11/17/2014
12:17 | Author: Tyler James

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Drug Abuse and Addiction Causes, Symptoms, and Prevention Facts

WebMD explains how drug use can lead to addiction, and why drug addiction is considered a disease.

Drugs are chemicals that tap into the brain's communication system and disrupt the way nerve cells normally send, receive, and process information. There are at least two ways that drugs are able to do this: by imitating the brain's natural chemical messengers, and/or overstimulating the "reward circuit" of the brain.

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Many people do not understand why people become addicted to drugs or how drugs change the brain to foster compulsive drug abuse.

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Drug Abuse Self Test - NCADD

9/16/2014
02:24 | Author: Hannah Ramirez

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Drug Abuse Self Test - NCADD

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Drug dependence - National Library of Medicine - National Institutes

7/15/2014
04:55 | Author: Sarah Gray

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Drug dependence - National Library of Medicine - National Institutes

Children who grow up seeing their parents using drugs may have a high risk of developing an addiction later in life for both environmental and genetic reasons.

Stager MM. Substance abuse. In: Kliegman RM, Stanton BF, St. Geme JW III, et al., eds. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics. 19th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Elsevier Saunders; 2011:chap 108.

Treatment begins with recognizing the problem. Though "denial" is a common symptom of addiction, people who are addicted have far less denial if they are treated with empathy and respect, rather than told what to do or being confronted.

Drug tests (toxicology screens) on blood and urine samples can show many chemicals and drugs in the body.

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