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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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How good are substance abuse treatments?

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.

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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.

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How does substance abuse affect people mind and bodies?

How does substance abuse affect people mind and bodies?

List is extensive: Depending on the drug, the amount and duration used their is a vast array of effects. Drugs can make you feel great, energetic and self confident. Then again, it can cause depression, shame, guilt, hopelessness, lethargy, psychosis, bad judgement. Seizures, coma, hepatitis brain damage, stroke, death by heart attack, suicide or overdose. Many get addicted and can't stop. Please don't start now, .

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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.

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Describe how addiction differs from substance abuse? Isn't it the same

Describe how addiction differs from substance abuse? Isn't 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.

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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.

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Can I be a substance abuse counselor if I myself have never abused substances?

Can I be a substance abuse counselor if I myself have never abused substances?

Absolutely: Absolutely. You don't have to use or abuse alcohol or drugs to be a substance abuse counselor. Your talent to understand and help people with addiction is what it counts.

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Can celexa (citalopram) help at all to break substance abuse problems to pills?

Can celexa (citalopram) help at all to break substance abuse problems to pills?

Celebs: Celexa (citalopram) may help treat depression and indirectly help your substance abuse. Work with a team of doctors psychologists friend aa church spirituality. Etc. Don't be alone. There many ways to help.

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Can substance abuse problems affect male fertility? 25yr)using 8yrs. Help please

Can substance abuse problems affect male fertility? 25yr)using 8yrs. Help please

See a drug counselor: It depends on what kind of substances you have used. Marijuana has been linked to decreased libido, impaired ejaculation, low sperm count and abnormal sperm mobility in males. You should discuss your history with a drug and alcohol counselor. Consider enrolling in an inpatient or outpatient program for best results.

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How long does it take to become a substance abuse nurse if you haven't started nursing school?

How long does it take to become a substance abuse nurse if you haven't started nursing school?

Depends: Nursing degrees span the educational spectrum. From two year LPN progams to 3 year rn training, to 4 year bsn (bachelors degree), 6 year master's degree programs (msn), to 8 year nurse practitioner programs. These are great fields and have abundant opportunities for success, advancement and being socially redeeming. To do alcohol & drug treatment, you'll need another two years.

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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.

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How is substance abuse diagnosed?

How is substance abuse diagnosed?

Substance abuse: Signs and symptoms depending on the substance and pattern of use, plus urine drug screen.

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What are the tests for Substance abuse?

What are the tests for Substance abuse?

CAGE: The simplest test for substance abuse is the CAGE questionnaire: Have you ever felt you needed to Cut down on your use? Have people Annoyed you by criticizing your using? Have you ever felt Guilty about using? Have you ever felt you needed to use first thing in the morning (Eye-opener) to steady your nerves or to medicate withdrawal?

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How does enabling of substance abuse happen?

People confuse: Love with helping. So a father bails out his son, or a mom pours the alcohol down the drain. And addicts are extremely effective manipulators who get well meaning friends and family members to help them continue to use.

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