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Physical addiction

Physical addiction: Introduction

Physical addiction: Physical addiction refers to the compulsive need for a drug or substance in order to prevent the withdrawal symptoms (physical and/or psychological) or due to increased tolerance to the effects of the substance. More detailed information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of Physical addiction is available below.

Symptoms of Physical addiction

  • Withdrawal symptoms when attempting to stop
  • Increased tolerance to addictive substance
  • Compulsive urge to use addictive substance
  • Lying to others about addiction behaviour
  • Conducting addictive behaviour in secret
  • more symptoms...»

Treatments for Physical addiction

  • Varies depending on the substance involved: Gradual reduction in substance use, Self-help programs, Psychotherapy, Support group, Counselling, Medications in some cases
  • Specific treatment depends on the specific drug that is being abused, but treatments include:
    • Recognition of the problem by the patient coupled with a desire for change
    • Detoxification and management of withdrawal symptoms - as an outpatient or inpatient depending on individual patient factors
    • Drug counselling
  • more treatments...»

Home Diagnostic Testing

Home medical testing related to Physical addiction:

Wrongly Diagnosed with Physical addiction?

Physical addiction: Complications

Review possible medical complications related to Physical addiction:

  • Deterioration in personal relationships due to addiction
  • Deterioration in family relationships due to addiction
  • Deterioration in social relationships due to addiction
  • Deterioration in work performance due to addiction
  • Deterioration in school performance due to addiction
  • more complications...»

Causes of Physical addiction

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Physical addiction: Undiagnosed Conditions

Commonly undiagnosed diseases in related medical categories:

Misdiagnosis and Physical addiction

Undiagnosed stroke leads to misdiagnosed aphasia: BBC News UK reported on a man who had been institutionalized and treated for mental illness because he suffered from sudden inability to speak. This was more »

Dementia may be a drug interaction: A common scenario in aged care is for a patient to show mental decline to dementia. Whereas this can, more »

ADHD under-diagnosed in adults: Although the over-diagnoses of ADHD in children is a well-known controversy, the reverse side related to adults. Some adults can remain undiagnosed, and indeed the condition has usually more »

Bipolar disorder misdiagosed as various conditions by primary physicians: Bipolar disorder (manic-depressive disorder) often fails to be diagnosed correctly by primary care physicians. Many patients with bipolar seek help more »

Eating disorders under-diagnosed in men: The typical patient with an eating disorder is female. The result is that men with eating disorders often fail to be more »

Depression undiagnosed in teenagers: Serious bouts of depression can be undiagnosed in teenagers. The "normal" moodiness of teenagers can cause severe medical depression to be overlooked. See more »

Undiagnosed anxiety disorders related to depression: Patients with depression (see symptoms of depression) may also have undiagnosed anxiety disorders (see symptoms of anxiety disorders). Failure to diagnose more »

Physical addiction: Research Doctors & Specialists

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Hospitals & Clinics: Physical addiction

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Physical addiction: Rare Types

Rare types of diseases and disorders in related medical categories:

Evidence Based Medicine Research for Physical addiction

Medical research articles related to Physical addiction include:

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Research about Physical addiction

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Physical addiction: Broader Related Topics

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More information about Physical addiction

  1. Physical addiction: Introduction
  2. Symptoms
  3. Causes
  4. Treatments
  5. Misdiagnosis
  6. Home Testing
  7. Types
  8. Complications

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