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Doctor insights on: Defense Mechanisms Used By Substance Abuse Patients

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Do you think substance abuse can be defense mechanism ?

Yes, but a poor one: Many if not most people with substance abuse come from dysfunctional families & suffer from anxiety &/or depression. Many are very sensitive souls.They use substances as a way to escape, emotionally numb themselves & self-medicate.Unfortunately, substance abuse not only fails to solve their problems but adds to them.Counseling, appropriate medications/herbs/supplements & meditation will help more. ...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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Do substance abuse patients usually share any common traits?

Do substance abuse patients usually share any common traits?

Yes: Persons with addictions have unique personalities just like people without, so without out giving specific labels, i would say that people with addictions lack coping skills to deal with feelings and emotions, to regulate them in a healthy way. Vicious cycle, the worse the addiction less able to regulate feelings, less able to regulate feelings need to use more to numb them out. ...Read more

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What can be done for substance abuse as a coping mechanism for depression?

What can be done for substance abuse as a coping mechanism for depression?

Treat the depression: Traditionally if someone had both addiction and depression, we treated the addiction first. However if someone is abusing drugs as an attempt to self medicate, it makes sense to treat what is primary. Getting help for depression may be most helpful. ...Read more

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What are the risk factors for Substance abuse?

What are the risk factors for Substance abuse?

Risk factors: Male gender, family history of substance use especially in a parent or sibling, personal history of mental illness especially if untreated, personal history of stressors such as loss of employment, etc. Other risk factors may depend upon specific substances. If you are concerned about substance use issues, please seek help with a mental health professional for an evaluation. ...Read more

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How good are substance abuse treatments?

Effective treatment: This is all relative to the the program and more importantly the patients willingness to get his/her life back. A very effective program exists in michigan through the eagle advancement institute called the clarity program. Check it out. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for Substance abuse?

What are the treatments for Substance abuse?

Treatment is: targeted not only to the substance, but also for the patient’s lifestyle. Treatment for say, a married patient with opiate use disorder who works several jobs will be different from a patient who suffers with alcohol use disorder who has a different lifestyle for example. There are various pharmacological, individual, and group interventions available for substance use disorders. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about drug or substance abuse counselor jobs?

Can you tell me about drug or substance abuse counselor jobs?

What do you want to: know about them? In the old days, such jobs were universally held by people who were themselves in recovery and did not necessarily have training or degrees. Now they are mostly certified positions, with licensing requirements that vary state to state, and include people with Master's and Doctoral degrees as well. Pay isn't always great, work is long and hard, but they can be very rewarding. ...Read more

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Describe how addiction differs from substance abuse ? isnt it the same

Describe how addiction differs from substance abuse ? isnt it the same

Dependence: Abuse: periodic heavy use that negatively impacts life (I.e., weekend binge drinker who gets one or more DUIs)., but no physical/psychological dependence. Addiction: person experiences negative life outcomes from use as well as needs the substance to function, and has physical/psychological dependence - goes through withdrawal without substance and is preoccupied with use. ...Read more

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Can I recover from a substance abuse disorder without formal treatment?

Can I recover from a substance abuse disorder without formal treatment?

Substance use: Unlikely, unless it affected your health and you are strong willed. ...Read more

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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
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Drug Problems (Definition)

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Drug Addiction (Definition)

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