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Are people with aspergers at higher risk for substance abuse?

Are people with aspergers at higher risk for substance abuse?

No: I'm not aware of any data on this, but in general individuals with ASD are less likely to be risk-takers, more likely to be under the watchful eye of an adult, and less likely to congregate unsupervised with peers who are experimenting with substances of abuse. Among my fairly substantial patient population, i've not seen any problems, even with marijuana. ...Read more

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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 does a substance abuse evaluation consist of?

What does a substance abuse evaluation consist of?

See below: Current drug use, any withrawal, coexistant medical and psych issues, assess patients motivation for change. ...Read more

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My wife thinks I should see someone for my substance abuse. Should i?

My wife thinks I should see someone for my substance abuse. Should i?

Hmmm: Why does she think you need substance abuse treatment? Do you have problems with alcohol or drug abuse? Have you been asked by a doctor or family member to curtail your drug/alcohol use? Have you had dui's? Is there a problem with keeping a job or managing finances? Are there problems with the marriage or physical abuse? ...Read more

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Is substance abuse a form of mental illness?

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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What are the early signs of substance abuse?

What are the early signs of substance abuse?

Depends: There are different substances which are used and abused ranging from cigarettes, alcohol, prescription narcotics and of course illicit drugs! if the question is being asked there is a good chance abuse is involved! symptoms depend on the substance. ...Read more

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What's substance abuse or chemical dependence?

What's substance abuse or chemical dependence?

Maladaptive pattern: Substance abuse, also known as drug abuse, is a maladaptive patterned use of a substance (drug) in which the user consumes the substance in amounts or with methods not condoned by medical professionals. Substance abuse/drug abuse is not limited to mood-altering or psycho-active drugs. Activity is also considered substance abuse when inappropriately used(as in steroids for performance enhancement). ...Read more

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What is the best way to get over substance abuse?

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What is the best way to get over substance abuse?

Substance abuse: Rehab programs, aa/na , monitoring by addictionologist, and ofcourse, will power. ...Read more

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Can there be reproductive damage from substance abuse?

Can there be reproductive damage from substance abuse?

I have no doubt ther: Damage to the whole syetem not just the repoductive system. ...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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How does substance abuse affect peoples minds and bodies?

Chemistry: Everything you ingest affects your body and brain chemistry. In addition, people who abuse mood altering chemicals begin to adopt counterproductive behaviors. This is a downward spiral. ...Read more

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How does substance abuse affect people's minds and bodies?

How does substance abuse affect people's minds and bodies?

Many ways: Mind : can effect concentration, focus, judgement, energy level, mood, appetite, sleep, delusions, hallucinations body:it can affect all body systems, heart, liver, lungs, hormones, joints, muscles, brain. Can cause withdrawal, seizures and death. ...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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Which neurotransmitters are linked with substance abuse disorder?

Depends on drug: Dopamine, serotonin are affected by stimulants like cocaine, meth. Endorphins affected by downers like heroin, opioids. Gaba affected by benzo. ...Read more

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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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I am 49 y/o substance abuse counselor. I want a different life full of real fun?

Move, go to school: Being a substance abuse counselor is a highly stressful, thankless, but highly needed occupation. You are no doubt burned out. Try night school classes, take a lengthy vacation and consider moving to a new location. Your effectiveness as a counselor is bound to suffer if you are unhappy. But many options exist if you take a stab at them. ...Read more

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What are the social problems associated with substance abuse? Are any of them fixable?

Education: Researchers have found a close connection between drug abuse, criminal behaviour and social attitudes. - the only way to change anything is through bringing awareness of this issue and education. ...Read more

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Might there be any nurses out there that work in rehab facilities/ substance abuse areas?

Kristina: Kristina at eagle advancement institute can get you in touch with a physician and or nurse at 1-248-592-1050. ...Read more

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Which type of education would i need to become an rn at a substance abuse detox facility?

RN: Once you have attained a registered nursing degree specific training for certain areas in medicine is an ongoing learning experience through hands on training, seminar training, and specific continuing medical education. There is no specific number of years i can give you. Getting into the arena of addiction treatment is key. ...Read more

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How can I help my son who is 20 with his dual problem (substance abuse and mental illness)?

How can I help my son who is 20 with his dual problem (substance abuse and mental illness)?

ASk him: Does he want help? If he does not sadly there is not a lot you can force on him as he is an adult. If he is open to help make an appointment with your physician and/or a psychiatrist. You may also find that acupuncture and chinese medicine help by helping the body balance...Again only if he goes and is compliant. He may also benefit form medication. I am also a big fan of prayer. ...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