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Dr. Vasu Brown
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Substance Abuse (Overview)

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 suffering from impaired functioning.


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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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Dr. Vasu Brown
221 doctors shared insights

Substance Abuse (Overview)

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 suffering from impaired functioning.


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In what ways are schizophrenia and bipolar disorder related to substance abuse? Why?

Research has shown..: Schizophrenia seems to be linked to cigarette smoking substance abuse because the nicotine affects the nerves in the auditory processing centers of the brain and may reduce the feelings of hearing voices inside the head. ...Read more

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Overcoming Addiction & Substance Withdrawal (Checklist)

counseling
1 hrs, every other day for 3 months
tell your doctor. and seek medical care
once
develop support network, stop lying, tell family
once
12 step program support
once
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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 treatments for Substance abuse?

Treatment is: targeted not only to the substance, but also for the patient’s lifestyle. Treatment for say, a married patient with opiate use disorder who works several jobs will be different from a patient who suffers with alcohol use disorder who has a different lifestyle for example. There are various pharmacological, individual, and group interventions available for substance use disorders. ...Read more

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How is substance abuse diagnosed?

How is substance abuse diagnosed?

Substance abuse: Signs and symptoms depending on the substance and pattern of use, plus urine drug screen. ...Read more

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What are the tests for Substance abuse?

What are the tests for Substance abuse?

CAGE: The simplest test for substance abuse is the CAGE questionnaire: Have you ever felt you needed to Cut down on your use? Have people Annoyed you by criticizing your using? Have you ever felt Guilty about using? Have you ever felt you needed to use first thing in the morning (Eye-opener) to steady your nerves or to medicate withdrawal? ...Read more

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How does enabling of substance abuse happen?

How does enabling of substance abuse happen?

People confuse: Love with helping. So a father bails out his son, or a mom pours the alcohol down the drain. And addicts are extremely effective manipulators who get well meaning friends and family members to help them continue to use. ...Read more

Dr. Peter Kurzweil
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Drug Problems (Definition)

Drug problems are clinical findings in which a person is withdrawing from a drug or his drug use is interfering with his ability ...Read more


Dr. Vasu Brown
303 doctors shared insights

Drug Addiction (Definition)

Drug addiction is a dangerous condition where people are addicted to, or dependent on, illicit or other ...Read more