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What are initial signs and symptoms of drug addiction?

What are initial signs and symptoms of drug addiction?

Impairment: Impairment of social, work, family and romantic functions. ...Read more

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Addiction (Definition)

Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. A person affected by addiction will be unable to consistently Abstain from use, will have Impaired Behavioral control, will have Craving or increased "hunger" for drugs or rewarding experiences, will have a Dysfunctional Emotional response, and will show diminished recognition of significant problems with their own ...Read more


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What r signs and symptoms of drug addiction?

What r signs and symptoms of drug addiction?

Compulsion: Inability to cut back compulsive behavior despite consequences needing an eye opener feeling guilty all for at least 1 year. ...Read more

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What are the signs and symptoms of a drug addict?

What are the signs and symptoms of a drug addict?

Addiction: A harmful pattern of use characterized by tolerance, withdrawal, using more of the substance than intended, persistent desire or unsuccessful attempts to cut down or stop using, significant periods of time spent using or obtaining the substance at the expense of other major life responsibilities, and continuing to use despite the knowledge of significant adverse effects on your life. ...Read more

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What are the signs or symptoms of prescription drug abuse?

What are the signs or symptoms of prescription drug abuse?

Pain Meds: If you mean abuse of pain medication then it is a constant thought and activity pattern with the goal of obtaining the pain medication. ...Read more

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What're the cause and effects of prescription drug abuse?

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What're the cause and effects of prescription drug abuse?

Abuse: Lack of monitoring, euphoric effects, easy access, avoiding withdrawal, doctor-shopping, tolerance. Outcome is dependency (addiction) & more suffering & resistance to tx. ...Read more

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Symptoms of drug addiction withdrawels obvious?

Symptoms of drug addiction withdrawels obvious?

Yes: Without proper detox symptoms can be prolonged and dangerous. ...Read more

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What are the physical effects of drug addiction?

What are the physical effects of drug addiction?

Depends on the drug: Alcohol tends to affect every organ system. Narcotics tend to affect the brain (pain pathways) more. Stimulants such as Cocaine and amphetamines can affect the heart, brain, and circulation. ...Read more

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

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 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 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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What are general symptoms of drug addiction (opioid)?

What are general symptoms of drug addiction (opioid)?

Craving for drug: An intense craving for the drug of choice that becomes a greater focus in ones life than friends, family, or work. ...Read more

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What can be initial signs of alcohol addiction / dependence?

What can be initial signs of alcohol addiction / dependence?

Here are some signs: There are four areas that you want to look at to see if there's any dysfunction or consequences or interference in your overall functioning. Have you had any legal problems like a dui? Has your drinking affected your job? Are you depressed ? Do you find it hard to stop once you started drinking? Do you drink daily and drink to get drunk? When you stop is there shaking and sweating and nausea? ...Read more

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What are the social consequences of drug addiction?

What are the social consequences of drug addiction?

Many: Loss of individual productivity, disruptions of the family unit causing society to support the family, behavioral consequences to the addicts family , criminal consequences, the least of which are thefts, murders, etc. Most serious is the loss of life from unintended overdoses with multiple other consequences. ...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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What are the signs/symptoms of a drug addiction?

What are the signs/symptoms of a drug addiction?

See below: When use of a drug has led to identifiable negative consequences in your life yet you can not control your use or your thoughts about the drug, than an addiction like exists. ...Read more

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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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What are the signs and symtoms of major drug reaction?

What are the signs and symtoms of major drug reaction?

Several: An anaphylactic reaction will result in difficulty in breathing, swelling of the throat and other mucous membranes and a rash. Other symptoms include rashes, fever, generalized aches and pains, swollen joints, fatigue. Internally such organs as the kidneys and liver can be affected causing abdominal and back pain. ...Read more

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What are signs of addiction to medication?

Addiction: you have to have it, what ever it takes to get it.. It means "whatever" , ...Read more

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Which are the first signs of your loved ones drug addiction?

See below: The person takes the substance and cannot stop. Withdrawal symptoms - when body levels of that substance go below a certain level the patient has physical and mood-related symptoms. Addiction continues despite health problem awareness - the individual continues taking the substance regularly, even though they have developed illnesses linked to it. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Vasu Brown
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Drug Addiction (Definition)

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