Addiction is a chronic, complex condition of the brain characterized by craving and compulsive use of substances, medications, etc., despite harmful consequences. It can be the need for a substance or thing or behavior-related. Substance addiction is the addiction to alcohol, cocaine, marijuana, tobacco, narcotics, caffeine, etc. Non-substance addiction includes technology, sex, food, gambling, gaming, etc. An addicted person finds it impossible to stop the use of substances, things or engage in behaviors that cause addiction. Deaddiction programs and therapy, along with medications, can help.

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I have a bad craving for eating dry cement and chalk beyond my control, which frustrates me. Please advise.

Query: Hi doctor, I crave dry cement all the time. I used to eat a lot of chalk, paper, cement, and dust when I was 13 to 14 years old until my mother found out, and I stopped doing it out of embarrassment. But for the past 2 to 3 months, I have had really bad cravings and ended up giving them. I know it i...  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Patidar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thank you for your query. Some people do crave non-eatable substances. The craving has been linked over the years to some nutritional deficiencies, but now it is regarded as a behavioral problem rather than a nutritional deficiency. This behavioral problem is a type of...  Read Full »

I have recently started abstaining from masturbation, which has increased my libido and stress. Does this indicate that I am addicted to masturbation?

Query: Hello doctor, I have recently started abstaining from masturbation. Usually, I do it whenever the urge gets to my head. I wanted to control it for a month. My usual frequency is two to three times a week, which never gets between my well-being. When I stopped masturbation for a week, I started noti...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Masturbation is not something bad, and it is natural that you want to do it. However, every person has their way of doing it and their frequency. Some even do it twice a day. The same will apply to sex when you have a partner. I suggest you continue doing it at peace...  Read Full »

Is it safe to masturbate daily?

Query: Hello Doctor,  I masturbate daily.  Is it safe ? Will it cause any problem?  Read Full »

Dr. Velusamy Madathupalayam Palansamy

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Masturbation is absolutely safe. Other than giving pleasure it also helps in relieving stress. It depends on the number of times you do it. The reason is that it should not become an addiction. Once you are addicted, psychological intervention might be needed. Ver...  Read Full »

Can you tell me some myths, benefits and harmful effects of masturbation?

Query: Hi doctor, Why my penis foreskin remains open permanently with masturbation? I have some black spots on my penis head without pain. How to stop doing masturbation?   Read Full »

Dr. Sharath Kumar. C

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Masturbation is a process where a person gets sexual pleasure and satisfaction by stroking or rubbing his or her genitals by using their hands manually or using sex toys. It is normally done while they are single but it is also done in relationships to get orgasm and se...  Read Full »

I am a 23-year-old male suffering from masturbation addiction. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 23-year-old male who has been masturbating for the past six years. Initially, I used to masturbate about two to three times per day, which went on for three years. Then I started thinking of quitting it, but by then, I had already gotten addicted to it. So, I went on masturbating a...  Read Full »

Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. First of all, I would like to tell you that masturbation is a safe habit. Masturbation does not cause any problems to health. Even if you masturbate daily, this will not affect your health. But in your case, the problem is excessive ...  Read Full »

Please help me understand a bipolar with a strip club addiction.

Query: Hello doctor, I am trying to understand a bipolar with a massive strip club addiction. He is in debt, it is ruining his life and every relationship. He lies about it and his debt to everyone. They call and text him. What is in it for him? Is it just sexual impulse, is it for attention or control? Do...  Read Full »

Dr. Akanksha Sharma

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I completely understand that you seem to be concerned about this guy. Let us name him Mr.X. As you mentioned in the treatment history, he has been diagnosed withbipolar illness type 1, with a few episodes having psychotic features. Let me tell you, it is really conce...  Read Full »

I have resorted to drinking after my father's death. Please help me.

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 25 year old guy. I am working in a private company although my dream is to work in government sector. I have that caliber which I know and I believe I can, but the problem with me is nowadays, I take everything for granted. I lost my father three years back. Till then, everything...  Read Full »

Dr. Ramchandra Lamba

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your problem and understand your concern. It is clear that after the death of your father, you were not able to handle the pressure of responsibility and started drinking alcohol and spending excessively. As you are regularly drinking for the last...  Read Full »

I am addicted to masturbating while watching porn before and during my period. How can I overcome this addiction?

Query: Hi doctor, I am suffering from an addiction to watching porn and masturbating. This addiction started when I was a teenager, and after five years, I went to a psychiatrist. I started taking medicines, and maybe for two to three years, I took Zoloft 200 mg with Abilify 5 mg, and now I decreased my do...  Read Full »

Dr. Siva Anoop Yella

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. It is normal to have sexual desires and masturbate, but if the frequency is more than four to six times a week, it should be an addiction concern. Having strong sexual desires before and during the period is expected. If masturbation is causi...  Read Full »

I feel depressed and anxious, and masturbate three to four times a day. Can you please help?

Query: Hi doctor, I am an 18-year-old male. I weigh 32 kgs, and my height is 5'6". I have been addicted to masturbation since when I was 8 years old. I feel depressed and anxious, and masturbate three to four times a day. My libido is high, so I cannot control myself from masturbation. How do I control my ...  Read Full »

Dr. Yousef Abbas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. It is heartbreaking to read about your suffering. But rest assured, I understand you, and I will help make all these urges go away. So, this is the action plan: 1) I will prescribe you four medications. You will have to take them for ...  Read Full »

Will I be able to detoxify if I take Naltrexone pills at home?

Query: Hello doctor, If I take Naltrexone pills at home, will I be able to detoxify faster by taking tablet Suboxone 8 mg once daily compared to low-dose tablet Naltrexone? For how long will I have to take these pills?  Read Full »

Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. If you take tablet Naltrexone alone without tablet Buprenorphine, then this will result in immediate withdrawal and this can land you in hospital. If you are not on high-dose then compared to low-dose tablet Naltrexone, this will hel...  Read Full »

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