Addiction by Vatsal Thakkar, Pat Levitt

By Vatsal Thakkar, Pat Levitt

A background of dependancy covers how and why humans develop into hooked on quite a few medicines, meals, or actions, and the way addictions should be treated...Title: .Addiction..Author: .Thakkar, Vatsal, M.D...Publisher: .Facts on File..Publication Date: .2006/07/01..Number of Pages: .128..Binding sort: .LIBRARY..Library of Congress: .2006004995

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TREATMENT The treatment of alcohol addiction was the first recognized and formalized addiction treatment. For those people who truly meet the definition of alcohol dependence, the best first step to obtain treatment is a complete medical and psychiatric evaluation. Alcohol withdrawal is one of the most dangerous forms of drug withdrawal. In its severe form, known as delirium tremens, or DTs, a person may experience the sensation of bugs crawling on the skin, hallucinations, agitation, dangerously high blood pressure and pulse (to the point of causing a heart attack or stroke), hyperthermia, seizures, and even death.

Examples include albuterol inhalers (for people with asthma) or nicotine through cigarette smoke. • Intravenous (IV) injection: The drug is introduced directly into the bloodstream, or into muscle or fat tissue, then absorbed into the blood. Examples include insulin shots or heroin. • Topical administration: The drug is absorbed from the skin into the bloodstream. Some blood pressure and pain medications are given this way. Causes of Addiction fire more strongly, more weakly, more often, or less often—in a certain part of the brain.

47 48 Addiction drinking and stayed sober by working with other recovering alcoholics. Both men started to work with other alcoholics at a local hospital. They described a path to recovery from alcohol addiction that consisted of 12 steps. Although the steps did not subscribe to a particular religion, they did involve spirituality as part of the recovery process. By 1939, there were three groups in Ohio that had helped 100 alcoholics stay sober. A Cleveland newspaper published stories about the groups and AA membership exploded.

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