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Which types of questions would a drug and alcohol abuse counselor ask a client?

Dr. Timothy Re Dr. Re
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Which types of questions would a drug and alcohol abuse counselor ask a client?

Depends: Generally an evaluation consists of questions about a persons relationship to drug use. This usually involves a good history, patterns , consequences etc. We try to understand what has the person had experienced in all spheres of life and who they are in this and why. ...Read more

Dr. Vasu Brown
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Substance Abuse (Definition)

Substance abuse refers to a dependence on a harmful or addictive substance, most often drugs or alcohol. The substance is often used to suppress difficult feelings and results in impaired intimate and work relationships. Substance abuse is diagnosed by observing the pattern of use, looking for tolerance, and withdrawal upon halting the use of the substance. Recovery begins with the substance abuser admitting being out of control and ...Read more


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What times of services does a substance abuse counselor provide?

What times of services does a substance abuse counselor provide?

Go2asap.com: A substance abuse counselor will work with clients on their addiction to things like alcohol, marijuana, opiates, methamphetamine, or any other substance.  substance abuse psychologists are commonly referred to as chemical dependency counselors or addictions counselors, too. An alcohol counselor often works with clients on other addictions like sex and gambling, as well. ...Read more

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How high is the percent of substance abusers have a mental health disorder?

How high is the percent of substance abusers have a mental health disorder?

100%: Sorry to sound flippant, but officially, i think it's true. If you really mean "abuse" and not periodic over-doing it - it is a diagnosis and really needs treatment to resolve it. Often that treatment can be a 12 step program. But you might mean a dual diagnosis, and while i expect it is quite a high %, it could be that a person is not suffering another disorder too. ...Read more

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Is there a site that lists reports of abuse and neglect against group homes?

Check your state: Many states do have such a site. Check with your states disability office. ...Read more

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Can a history of being on the bad end of child abuse cause an avoidant personality disorder?

Can a history of being on the bad end of child abuse cause an avoidant personality disorder?

Avoidant: Personality disorder is a pervasive lifelong pattern of feelings of inadequacy, sensitivity to rejection, etc.. It’s highly doubtful that APD or other personality disorders, would be a result of childhood trauma. Trauma can make one susceptible to mood and anxiety disorders, most commonly. Regardless, seeing a therapist and a psychiatrist is the best recommendation given your history. ...Read more

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Can there be any research into the possibility of treating mental health disorders with zolpidem?

Can there be any research into the possibility of treating mental health disorders with zolpidem?

Maybe: But i doubt they'll find anything beyond its effectiveness as a sleep aid. Zolpidem (ambien) is designed to work through its action on a subset of benzodiazepine receptors. The hope was to find a medication that would provide the sleep benefit of a benzodiazepine without some of the problems, like physical dependency. ...Read more

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What is the medical term for the mental problems of codependency/adult child of alcoholic/para-alcoholic?

What is the medical term for the mental problems of codependency/adult child of alcoholic/para-alcoholic?

There isn't one: Since each person may experience a situation differently, many outcomes are possible. If pathology is there, it might be diagnosed differently. "codependent" is a common term, but it isn't a medical one. Depression and anxiety are frequent in people with such backgrounds. Sometimes they can also end up with compulsive personality features. Many other possibilities also. ...Read more

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How are social problems associated with substance abuse?

How are social problems associated with substance abuse?

Complex topic: Some specialists think adverse social conditions breed drug use, drug pushers target the lower socio-economic strata as these often show less critical thinking and use the drugs. It takes a certain degree of thinking to figure out that drug use is illegal for a reason.. It will ruin your life. ...Read more

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Is substance abuse a form of mental illness?

Both: Mental illness and substance abuse (sa) can be co- occurring disorders. Sa by itself can be seen as a mental illness. Some conditions like depression and anxiety can be causative factors or can be as a result of the substance being used. However the chemical dependency is usually treated first. Then it is easier to know if its a cause or an effect. Getting clean is the path as u treat the others. ...Read more

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For substance abuse and cyclothimic bipolar what would be the best type of counseling, with a psychologist or a psychiatrist?

Dr. Timothy Re Dr. Re
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For substance abuse and  cyclothimic bipolar what would be the best type of counseling, with a psychologist or a psychiatrist?

Both: Medications and psychotherapy together are most effective. Both have a role and work together. Depending on your severity, you should work on your substance abuse first, then address your mood issues if you have to choose only 1 professional to start with. ...Read more

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What are the difficulties of treating substance abuse and personality disorder?

What are the difficulties of treating substance abuse and personality disorder?

Substance abuse: Treating both substance abuse and a personality disorder at the same time is very challenging. Programs such as the clarity program offered by the eagle advancement institute out of farmington, mi is a great program which can treat your addiction while treating your mental health also. There aftercare program is excellent. ...Read more

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Could all people that have substances abuse issues have some underlining issue that triggers substance abuse?

Could all people that have substances abuse issues have some underlining issue that triggers substance abuse?

Most, not all: Many people with substance abuse issues have underlying psychiatric and emotional problems. In women, early life trauma (physical, emotional and sexual) is extremely common, and it is not uncommon in men as well. Many have personality disorders, particularly borderline, narcissistic and antisocial. Even those without such problems develop personality changes as result of addiction. ...Read more

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What are the DSM criteria for substance dependence and alcohol abuse?

What are the DSM criteria for substance dependence and alcohol abuse?

Addiction: Alcohol/drugs can be robustly abused by someone but as long as the person is not addicted to it, and doesn't miss it after putting it down, the diagnosis is alcohol abuse. If, however, the person feels either physically or psychologically addicted/dependent on it and either cannot go a day without it, or binge drinks uncontrollably the diagnosis is alcohol dependence. ...Read more

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Expert opinion please: could substance abuse throughout someone's lifetime effect the health of their children?

Expert opinion please: could substance abuse throughout someone's lifetime effect the health of their children?

Most likely yes: Children are very tuned in to such issues. This would be one factor which will ultimately impact the mental & physical well being of children. Seeing a parent suffer with substance abuse can make a child empathic towards others and avoid substance abuse themselves. Other times it will be a patten and life style that will be copied with disastrous results. It is never too late to get help. ...Read more

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Can the usage of social media contribute to mental disorders or are these mental disorders already present before usage of social media?

Can the usage of social media contribute to mental disorders or are these mental disorders already present before usage of social media?

We are living in a: "Brave New World" with both amazing opportunities and dangers. Social media, like social interactions can be assets enhancing lives and improving mental health or deficits contributing to and increasing mental disorders. On one hand anonymousness and lack of oversight of social media can lead to bullying and abuse. When used for social good, it can lead to wonderful encounters and accomplishments. ...Read more

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Is there a questionnaire to assess psychological health for people with psychosis?

Is there a questionnaire to assess psychological health for people with psychosis?

Psychosis: I understand your desire for information for Psychological Health. If you are concerned about psychological health of a loved one, make sure that your loved one is getting treatment from a Psychiatrist. As a concerned person, you can observe the following, and provide the information to Treating Psychiatrist: Lack of reality testing, hallucinations, paranoid ideations, rambling, lack of emotions. ...Read more

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There any laws dealing with commitment of teen for mental health?

There any laws dealing with commitment of teen for mental health?

Yes: Every state has laws concerning the process of mental health commitments for all people, including teens. Check with your local law enforcement or county courthouse for details. ...Read more

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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
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Drug Problems (Definition)

occur when use of either illicit , prescription or over - the - counter medications negatively ...Read more


Dr. Vasu Brown
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Drug Addiction (Definition)

Drug addiction is a compulsive physical or psychological ...Read more