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What's the best way when afraid to admit you need help with substance abuse addiction that works and helps get you in the right direction?

What's the best way when afraid to admit you need help with substance abuse addiction that works and helps get you in the right direction?

Asking for help: This is a good start on the internet, however the next step can cause more anxiety but once you do it you will be glad you did. Call someone and make an appoinment for help, be that your doctor, couselor, going to an aa or na meeting, perhaps even contacting a inpatient or out patient rehab. Make that call, you can do it, it does get better with help, and there is lots of help out there. ...Read more

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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 is the best way to get over substance abuse?

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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What is the best way to support a friend who has self-enrolled in a substance-abuse recovery program?

What is the best way to support a friend who has self-enrolled in a substance-abuse recovery program?

Support: The best way to support a friend in a substance abuse program is to be there, not only physically but mentally. People in substance abuse programs still will have emotional and enviromental stresses where they may need to have someone to lean on. Also a changes in knowing better what led them to become addicted may need to be avoided. All in all support means being there for him or her. ...Read more

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If IV had substance abuse tendencies in the past, but still need help with adhd, what meds are my best option? My doctor just put me on ritalin (methylphenidate)

Non-stimulant meds: Like strattera, (atomoxetine) Intuniv or capvay carry no risk of abuse & are not dopamine-enhancing. If your drugs of choice were methamphetamine or cocaine, giving you Ritalin or Adderall is like putting chocolate in my refrigerator - way too tempting! tell your prescribing physician about your past substance abuse. Best of luck staying clean. ...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?

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 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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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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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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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
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Drug Problems (Definition)

Drug problems are clinical findings in which a person is withdrawing from a drug or his drug use is interfering with his ability ...Read more


Dr. Vasu Brown
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Drug Addiction (Definition)

Drug addiction is a dangerous condition where people are addicted to, or dependent on, illicit or other ...Read more