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Doctor insights on: Pathophysiology Of Substance Abuse

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Is substance abuse a form of mental illness?

Is substance abuse a form of mental illness?

Both: Mental illness and substance abuse (sa) can be co- occurring disorders. Sa by itself can be seen as a mental illness. Some conditions like depression and anxiety can be causative factors or can be as a result of the substance being used. However the chemical dependency is usually treated first. Then it is easier to know if its a cause or an effect. Getting clean is the path as u treat the others. ...Read more

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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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What are the complications of Substance abuse?

What are the complications of Substance abuse?

Substance use: Numeous complications. There are medical, social including stigma, and economic complications of substance use disorders on patients. The medical complications depend upon the substance that is over-used. For example, alcohol over-use will effect organ systems that are different from cocain use. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of brain damage from substance abuse?

What are symptoms of brain damage from substance abuse?

Alcohol damage: Heavy drinking results in damage to the cerebral cortex, causing alcohol dementia. Abstract thinking, problem solving, verbal skills, memory, fine and gross motor skills are all effected over time. Personality changes include emotional instability, paranoia, and mood swings. ...Read more

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What are the difficulties of treating substance abuse and personality disorder?

What are the difficulties of treating substance abuse and personality disorder?

Substance abuse: Treating both substance abuse and a personality disorder at the same time is very challenging. Programs such as the clarity program offered by the eagle advancement institute out of farmington, mi is a great program which can treat your addiction while treating your mental health also. There aftercare program is excellent. ...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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What are the effects of drug/substance abuse?

What are the effects of drug/substance abuse?

It depends: Specific physiological effects depend on the particular drug and amount being used. But no matter what the substance, an addicted person generally ends up with problems in both work and relationships because of pursuing substance use above all else. There are often lies about substance use as well as intoxication that conflict with social roles. There can be neglect of job, parenting, and more. ...Read more

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What's substance abuse or chemical dependence?

What's substance abuse or chemical dependence?

Maladaptive pattern: Substance abuse, also known as drug abuse, is a maladaptive patterned use of a substance (drug) in which the user consumes the substance in amounts or with methods not condoned by medical professionals. Substance abuse/drug abuse is not limited to mood-altering or psycho-active drugs. Activity is also considered substance abuse when inappropriately used(as in steroids for performance enhancement). ...Read more

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Which neurotransmitters are linked with substance abuse disorder?

Depends on drug: Dopamine, serotonin are affected by stimulants like cocaine, meth. Endorphins affected by downers like heroin, opioids. Gaba affected by benzo. ...Read more

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What are the major influences on substance abuse?

What are the major influences on substance abuse?

Lack of wholeness: Substances fill the void left by any number of influences: genetics, upbringing/environment, emotional pain, failed relationships/hopes. David miller md has demonstrated that spiritual counseling makes no difference in alcoholic recovery. However, spiritual experience changes a persons entire value system and motivation. "12 steps" right, spiritual awakening [wholeness] is the basis of recovery. ...Read more

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What are the early signs of substance abuse?

What are the early signs of substance abuse?

Depends: There are different substances which are used and abused ranging from cigarettes, alcohol, prescription narcotics and of course illicit drugs! if the question is being asked there is a good chance abuse is involved! symptoms depend on the substance. ...Read more

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What symptoms of methamphetamine abuse?

What symptoms of methamphetamine abuse?

12 Panel Drug Test: Urine drug testing is a very accurate way to determine recent drug use history. It is the most common form of drug testing, used by schools, employers and families alike. A urine drug test requires collecting a small urine sample. No laboratory work is required - you can find out the results of your drug test almost instantly. Test for up to 13 drugs: marijuana * Cocaine * opiates * methamphetam. ...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 is the medical definition of alcohol dependence and alcohol abuse?

What is the medical definition of alcohol dependence and alcohol abuse?

Addiction: Alcohol 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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What type of ADHD treatment helps minimize substance abuse?

What type of ADHD treatment helps minimize substance abuse?

All of them: By taking a prescription medication to treat adhd, it lowers your chance of getting abusing substances on your own. The research is clear about a lower incidence of addiction in teens with adhd on treatment vs. Without. If you are asking what treatments for adhd might be better for you if you have an addictive tendency, try any of the non stimulants. ...Read more

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How common is substance abuse among vets?

Vets: Used to be rare, now fairly common since turn of this century. ...Read more

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What is the meaning of substance dependence?

Maladaptive pattern: Substance abuse, also known as drug abuse, is a maladaptive patterned use of a substance (drug) in which the user consumes the substance in amounts or with methods not condoned by medical professionals. Substance abuse/drug abuse is not limited to mood-altering or psycho-active drugs. Activity is also considered substance abuse when inappropriately used(as in steroids for performance enhancement). ...Read more

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How high is the percent of substance abusers have a mental health disorder?

How high is the percent of substance abusers have a mental health disorder?

100%: Sorry to sound flippant, but officially, i think it's true. If you really mean "abuse" and not periodic over-doing it - it is a diagnosis and really needs treatment to resolve it. Often that treatment can be a 12 step program. But you might mean a dual diagnosis, and while i expect it is quite a high %, it could be that a person is not suffering another disorder too. ...Read more

Dr. Peter Kurzweil
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Drug Problems (Definition)

occur when use of either illicit , prescription or over - the - counter medications negatively ...Read more


Dr. Vasu Brown
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Drug Addiction (Definition)

Drug addiction is a compulsive physical or psychological ...Read more