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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Many : Being withdrawn, falling grades, lying, being stealthy, sneakiness, stealing, losing friends, insubordination, truancy, disobedience, breaking curfew.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 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 are signs of domestic abuse?

What are signs of domestic abuse?

Multiple: Lack of mutual respect, verbal attacks, controlling and isolating behavior, disparaging remarks (particularly in front of others), failure to engage in constructive interactions, placing inappropriate blame on the other person, and so on and so on, until it degenerates into physical abuse. ...Read more

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What older age groups are at risk of prescription drug abuse?

What older age groups are at risk of prescription drug abuse?

Drug abuse: All age groups are at risk. Older folks are less likely to misuse/abuse but they are not totally immune. ...Read more

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Are there any adult effects of childhood abuse?

Are there any adult effects of childhood abuse?

Varies Widely: Survivors of trauma, incl. Sexual abuse, behave in all sorts of ways. Whether or not their behavior reflects their trauma depends on how they coped with it - incl. The stories they told themselves about it, stories they may have told others about it, etc. These stories capture how they made sense of the trauma ; the meaning they gave it. How they coped likely also reflected the support they had. ...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 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 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 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 are the signs of alcohol abuse in a teen?

What are the signs of alcohol abuse in a teen?

Underage drinking: Technically, ingestion of any illegal substance constitutes abuse. Teens may not legally drink alcohol. Therefore a teen who is drinking alcohol is suffering from alcohol abuse. ...Read more

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What are telltale symptoms of sexual abuse in children?

What are telltale symptoms of sexual abuse in children?

When children have: Been sexually abused, there is often a sudden change in their behavior. They may start acting out. Failing in school, having nightmares, making sexually provocative remarks. If you suspect something is wrong, it is a good idea to consult with a child psychologist. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms / warning signs of opiate abuse?

What are the symptoms / warning signs of opiate abuse?

Using Medications: when not in pain, but just because. Enjoy the feeling of the med, Slurred speech, unable to hold conversation, sedated a lot, stealing meds, seeing lots of different doctors and ERs for meds because of fear of withdrawal, and on and on. If you are worried suggest a formal detox program. ...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 signs of emotional & physical abuse of a child?

What are some signs of emotional & physical abuse of a child?

Many: This is a tough question to answer briefly. However, some signs would include a variety of emotional problems (anxiety, anger, depression) as well as an increase in behavioral problems. There is a greater likelihood of decreased school performance, increased risk-taking behaviors, and substance use in teens. In teens there may also be episodes of self-harming behaviors, such as cutting. ...Read more

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Can heroin addicted babies show signs of complete calmness?

Can heroin addicted babies show signs of complete calmness?

Yes: Neonatal abstinence syndrome occurs in about 60 to 80 percent of heroin-exposed infants. Its onset is usually within 72 hours of birth, with a high mortality if the syndrome is severe and untreated. Premature infants have been reported to show a less severe abstinence syndrome following opiate exposure. ...Read more

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In what ways are victims of childhood emotional abuse treated?

In what ways are victims of childhood emotional abuse treated?

With help: It is very very hard to recover from any abuse, especially as a child. Please seek professional help and not feel ashamed. ...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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Symptoms of drug addiction withdrawels obvious?

Symptoms of drug addiction withdrawels obvious?

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