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What kind of pills or treatment can somebody get for drug abuse?

What kind of pills or treatment can somebody get for drug abuse?

Depends on drug: Opiate abuse can be treated with several medications. Alcohol abuse as well, although not as successfully. Several advertised treatments aren't universally accepted. The best treatment for drug abuse is an approach that includes the entire person, looking for underlying causes for the drug problem, 12-step program & drug/alcohol counseling. ...Read more

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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


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What is the most successful treatment program for alcohol abuse and drug abuse?

What is the most successful treatment program for alcohol abuse and drug abuse?

Addiction: Aa & na groups, also deterrents such as antabuse, (disulfiram) campral, zyban, etc., depending on the type of substances used. ...Read more

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Apart from psychotherapy, what treatments are available for anhedonia caused by drug abuse?

Apart from psychotherapy, what treatments are available for anhedonia caused by drug abuse?

Do it til u feel it: Support groups (aa, na), exercise, other healthy activities, eating healthy, sleeping enough, sober fun... Even if you don't feel like it, getting in a routine of healthy activities will help. Acting your way into feeling better and thinking more clearly is far more effective than waiting until you think or feel differently so you can do things differently. ...Read more

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How effective can laser therapy be for drug addiction?

How effective can laser therapy be for drug addiction?

Laser therapy: I'm assuming you mean laser therapy as a form of acupuncture? It has been used with several kinds of addictions, but the research available doesn't document the results well. This doesn't mean it's ineffective, just that more studies are needed. Here are a couple that i could find: [nicotine] http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/21249644 ; [alcohol] http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/15674998. ...Read more

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How common is drug abuse?

How common is drug abuse?

Very common: Unfortunatey, the usa is a country plaged with both prescrition, and nonprescription drug addicts. Many of these individuals or occupying space in overcrowded prisions, others are at large, perhaps homeless, and using criminal means to support their drug habits. The war on drugs has failed horrably, and due to past misguided effects to erraticate cannibus, the real threat today crystal meth. ...Read more

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Is drug abuse interchangeable with drug misuse?

Is drug abuse interchangeable with drug misuse?

Not really: Drug misuse can eventually lead to drug abuse before one is even aware of what is happening. Both are problematic and need medical intervention before these become larger issues. ...Read more

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What are some signs of perscription drug abuse in kids?

What are some signs of perscription drug abuse in kids?

Many : Being withdrawn, falling grades, lying, being stealthy, sneakiness, stealing, losing friends, insubordination, truancy, disobedience, breaking curfew. Any of these in a kid who previously didn't have them is cause for concern. ...Read more

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Will a hair strand test show all drug abuse?

Will a hair strand test show all drug abuse?

Detection of abuse: Diagnosis of factitious diarrhea can be made by colonic barium x-ray, stool & urine testing for phenolphthalein, emetine, bisacodyl, anthraquinolones, & fecal fluid can be analyzed for osmolality & electrolytes. See also my earlier answers on healthtap regarding colon lining changes seen on colonoscopy, as well as the physical manifestions that may present in suspected laxative abusers. ...Read more

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How can drug abuse affect spiritual health?

How can  drug abuse affect spiritual health?

Greatly: The 12 steps is a spiritual program, i recommend looking at the first 3 steps of aa or na they use the term higher power which for many means god, but not necessarily. Addiction robs people of their entire well being including spiritual. One of my favorite books on the topic regarding addiction and spirituality is "the spirituality of imperfection" by ernest kurtz. Good luck, . ...Read more