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How Does Substance Abuse Affect Peoples Minds And Bodies
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
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, . ...Read more
No: I'm not aware of any data on this, but in general individuals with ASD are less likely to be risk-takers, more likely to be under the watchful eye of an adult, and less likely to congregate unsupervised with peers who are experimenting with substances of abuse. Among my fairly substantial patient population, i've not seen any problems, even with marijuana. ...Read more
Older people: Substance abuse is found in older people, but many hide it. Alcohol abuse can be a big one, perhaps discovered when the partner who has been "covering" for the active drinker becomes ill or dies. Prescription drug abuse can be a problem also. I imagine as more "baby boomers" grow into "older people, " there will be additional commonly abused substances coming to light. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Could all people that have substances abuse issues have some underlining issue that triggers substance abuse?
Most, not all: Many people with substance abuse issues have underlying psychiatric and emotional problems. In women, early life trauma (physical, emotional and sexual) is extremely common, and it is not uncommon in men as well. Many have personality disorders, particularly borderline, narcissistic and antisocial. Even those without such problems develop personality changes as result of addiction. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
See below: Current drug use, any withrawal, coexistant medical and psych issues, assess patients motivation for change. ...Read more
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