Addiction by Vatsal Thakkar, Pat Levitt

By Vatsal Thakkar, Pat Levitt

A heritage of habit covers how and why humans develop into hooked on numerous medicines, nutrients, 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 style: .LIBRARY..Library of Congress: .2006004995

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Jerry entered his addiction with the knowledge of his family history of alcoholism. Yet, like most addicts, he thought he would be able to control his alcohol use. Jerry did meet the criteria for addiction—alcohol Alcohol Dependence Questionnaire15 The following simple four-question test can help health-care providers screen for individuals who may be addicted to alcohol: 1. Have you ever felt the need to cut down on your drinking? 2. Have you ever felt annoyed by someone criticizing your drinking?

The company advertises that it will provide free smoking cessation treatment. Jeanine is strongly considering signing up for this program. Jeanine’s story provides a good example of society’s changing views toward cigarette smoking. Once a common activity, it was even prescribed by doctors for complaints like anxiety or stress. People in the 1960s and 1970s could smoke in virtually every public place, including airplanes. A sea change occurred in the latter part of the twentieth century as smoking was banned in more and more places.

Large amounts of any toxin, including alcohol, introduced to the body over a long period of time place tremendous stress on liver function. The liver breaks down alcohol using a series of enzyme reactions. Heavy alcohol use increases the risk of developing cirrhosis of the liver. This can progress to the point that the liver can no longer function. People who have this problem may need medical or surgical intervention, and sometimes a liver transplant may be necessary. TREATMENT The treatment of alcohol addiction was the first recognized and formalized addiction treatment.

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