By Charles Herrick
Even if you are a newly clinically determined sufferer, a chum or relative, this booklet bargains aid. the one quantity to be had to supply either the doctor's and patient's perspectives, a hundred Questions & solutions approximately Alcoholism offers authoritative, functional solutions for your questions about healing procedures, suggestion on dealing with the disorder, resources of aid, and masses extra. Written via a in demand psychiatrist, with real sufferer statement, this booklet is a useful source for someone dealing with the clinical, mental, and emotional turmoil of alcoholism.
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The biopsychosocial model provides a framework for understanding the multifactorial causes of alcoholism. In this model, considerations are given to biological, psychological, and social factors that influence the odds of developing any particular disease. qxd 12/4/06 10:22 AM Page 39 100 QUESTIONS & ANSWERS ABOUT ALCOHOLISM Biologically, alcoholism is associated with changes in various neurotransmitter levels and activity. Additionally, alcoholism frequently runs in families, suggesting a genetic, or heritable, aspect to the illness.
The DSM-IV-TR delineates these processes with the following specific criteria as described in Table 2. Because only three of seven criteria are required to meet the diagnostic requirement for dependence, whereas tolerance and withdrawal are prominently featured, they are not necessary to meet the definition of Table 2 DSM-IV-TR Criteria for Alcohol Dependence A maladaptive pattern of alcohol use, leading to clinically significant impairment or distress, as manifested by three or more of the following seven criteria, occurring at any time in the same 12-month period: 1.
How can gambling or the Internet have the same effects on the brain as opiates or alcohol? There is no receptor specific for gambling or the Internet like there is for opiates or alcohol. Somehow the behavior and the pursuit of an activity take on a life of their own, to the exclusion of all other responsible activities. If that is the case, then how can addiction be a disease? This is the subject of our next question. Susan’s comment: Unfortunately, Ben’s blood alcohol levels have been more than 400 or 500 several times.
100 Q&A About Alcoholism & Drug Addiction by Charles Herrick