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What are the risks to preteens of drug and alcohol addiction?

What are the risks to preteens of drug and alcohol addiction?

Below: Younger brains will have more pronounced neurotransmitter effect when exposed to the same amount of drug, which will lead to more significant establishment of cravings in persons who are more impulsive. Since brains are still developing, one may be moe likely to see long eterm neurological deterioration. ...Read more

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How can alcohol or drug abuse affect the user and their family?

How can  alcohol or drug abuse affect the user and their family?

Many ways: The abuse of alcohol and or drugs can lead to many issues which can affect your health mentally, emotionally, and physically. All these not only can have negative influence on the user but ultimately those close to you. Those who care most are affected by watching the user destroy his/her life without the user not realizing what is happening. ...Read more

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What are your thoughts on drug and alcohol addiction in employed people in america?

What are your thoughts on drug and alcohol addiction in employed people in america?

Drug alcohol addicit: This is a serious problem. It seems that we have one of the highest rates in the world. Illicit/illegal drug use is a problem of society and family structure. Breakdown of the family structure results in deviant behavior. Alcoholism is no different. These deviant behaviors appear generation after generation. Correction lies with the family unit which has to be strong and supportive. ...Read more

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What are the DSM criteria for substance dependence and alcohol abuse?

What are the DSM criteria for substance dependence and alcohol abuse?

Addiction: Alcohol/drugs can be robustly abused by someone but as long as the person is not addicted to it, and doesn't miss it after putting it down, the diagnosis is alcohol abuse. If, however, the person feels either physically or psychologically addicted/dependent on it and either cannot go a day without it, or binge drinks uncontrollably the diagnosis is alcohol dependence. ...Read more

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Which types of questions would a drug and alcohol abuse counselor ask a client?

Which types of questions would a drug and alcohol abuse counselor ask a client?

Depends: Generally an evaluation consists of questions about a persons relationship to drug use. This usually involves a good history, patterns , consequences etc. We try to understand what has the person had experienced in all spheres of life and who they are in this and why. ...Read more

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How common is drug and alcohol addiction in teenagers?

How common is drug and alcohol addiction in teenagers?

Very common: It is the fastest raising population of abusers. Unfortunately, very common. About 50% of my patients are teenagers. The parents often have no idea. The biggest problem is that teenagers feel, which is unfortunately age-appropriate, that nothing bad will happen to them. Seeing their pears in troubles or even dying does not help. Find a psychiatrist who worked with teenagers, not just with addictio. ...Read more

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How much of a role do drug & alcohol abuse by parents play in addiction in their children?

How much of a role do drug & alcohol abuse by parents play in addiction in their children?

A Lot: There is controversy over whether these traits are genetic in origin, altho i believe they may be. But the modeling behavior of parenting is clearly a factor. ...Read more

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What are the various dangers a person can experience from tobacco (both cigarettes and cigars), alcohol, and drug abuse?

Substance abuse: The question cannot be answered in a short column other than to say, lung, oral, and bladder cancer, hepatitis, liver damage and cirrhosis, hiv, aids, and a myriad of other infections and illness. On top of these, a life of misery associated with these substances is often more intolerable than the "afflictions" themselves. ...Read more

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How is it possible to increase awareness in young adults about the dangers of illicit drug use?

How is it possible to increase awareness in young adults about the dangers of illicit drug use?

Illicit drugs: Firstly - by setting an example, secondly educate and teach so they understand. ...Read more

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Can you please describe the effects and/or impacts of drugs and alcohol on teenage education/learning?

They distract from : It. The words teenager, alcohol & drugs shouldn't even be in the same sentence. Teen- anon incorporates 12 step philosophy from alcoholics anonymous & narcotics anonymous. Any teen who is drinking alcoholic needs assistance. ...Read more

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Who coined the term substance abuse (ie, alcoholism, legal and illegal drug abuse, etc.)?

Who coined the term substance abuse (ie, alcoholism, legal and illegal drug abuse, etc.)?

Not clear: The term alcoholism was originally coined in 1849 by magnus huss. Untill the 1940s it referred primarily to the physical consequences of long-term heavy drinking. I am not sure about the term substance abuse. ...Read more

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What are some fun activities for drug and alcohol abuse group therapy?

Consider the group: It depends a lot on who is in the group and how much supervision you have and need. Also, remember to provide options. Don't ask someone to do something totally out of character in the beginning. Some ideas: yoga, meditation instruction, serving food to the homeless, organized tours of museums, hiking, working with animals. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is alcohol considered a date rape drug? What about other drugs?

Is alcohol considered a date rape drug? What about other drugs?

Yes: Alcohol is the oldest date rape drug known to humankind. Women who drink to the point of blackout or are disinhibited and exhibit poor judgement are far more likely to be sexually assaulted. Adding a benzodiazepine to it (xanax, ativan, (lorazepam) sleeping pills) makes it more likely to cause blackout. Some drugs, like GHB and Rohypnol (flunitrazepam) are very rapidly absorbed and widely used for date rape. ...Read more

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Why are drugs like cocaine illegal? If caffeine and alcohol are used for there psychoactive effects. Why isn't cocaine in moderation legal too?

Why are drugs like cocaine illegal? If caffeine and alcohol are used for there psychoactive effects. Why isn't cocaine in moderation legal too?

Read your history: Since the beginning of civilization, every human society has had its own particular customs, traditions & laws re what's "licit" & what's ILlicit. Not just psychoactive chemicals, but everything, e.g. marriage. The roots of what substances are legal & which aren't are not rational: they're social, cultural & historical. There are many books about this fascinating subject for the general reader. ...Read more

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Connection between narcolepsy and chronic alcohol abuse over time? 52 year old brother-in-law diagnosis with narcolepsy and has abused alcohol for decades.

Connection between narcolepsy and chronic alcohol abuse over time? 52 year old brother-in-law diagnosis with narcolepsy and has abused alcohol for decades.

Challenging problem: Chronic alcohol abuse could lead to falling asleep simply from intoxication -- which could complicate ongoing narcolepsy if this is also going on. Alcohol abuse will certainly worsen any brain-related condition, and will disturb sleep -- insomnia common. Is he willing to get help for the alcohol abuse? If not, the outlook is not good for him. ...Read more

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What are some of the physical and social dangers of illicit (illegal) drug use?

Physical and social: From a physical aspect you could die. From a social aspect you could go to prison you are doing something illegal. Remember it does not mater what state law is - federal law is stricter. ...Read more

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What are mental illnesses caused by physical and sexual parental abuse as a young child? Any signs to watch for

What are mental illnesses caused by physical and sexual parental abuse as a young child? Any signs to watch for

Mood Problems, PTSD: The most common psychiatric problems related to a history of abuse are various mood related problems, such as depression, and anxiety-related symptoms (including full-blown ptsd). There is also an increased risk of other behavioral problems and substance abuse. ...Read more

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Is the federal drug administration fda guilty of neglect for all these antiinglammatory drugs?

Is the federal drug administration fda guilty of neglect for all these antiinglammatory drugs?

All relative: Compared to other products that fda is not doing much to control, i would say people who worry about anti-inflammatories are barking up the wrong tree. Have you looked at the wild claims herbal supplements make on rows upon rows of store shelves recently? There are all kinds of joint, sex, brain, liver health promoting products. Are they as safe as anti-inflammatories? Fda has no data and no idea. ...Read more