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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
235 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?

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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Substance abuse (Tip)

Detox at treatment center then go to Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous everyday, possible! ...See more

Dr. Laura Martin Dr. Martin
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Overcoming Addiction & Substance Withdrawal (Checklist)

counseling
every other day
tell your doctor. and seek medical care
once
develop support network, stop lying, tell family
once
12 step program support
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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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Substance abuse (Tip)

Do seek professional and/or 12 step group support. Don't ever give up. ...See 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

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata Dr. Iwata
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Substance abuse (Tip)

Do form a support group of friends who will positively influence you. ...See 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

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata Dr. Iwata
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Substance abuse (Tip)

Best to not go into bars or places that may tempt you back into addictive patterns. ...See 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

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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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Substance abuse (Tip)

Get professional help if you are in withdrawal. Don't do it on your own. ...See more

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What are the risk factors for Substance abuse?

What are the risk factors for Substance abuse?

Risk factors: Male gender, family history of substance use especially in a parent or sibling, personal history of mental illness especially if untreated, personal history of stressors such as loss of employment, etc. Other risk factors may depend upon specific substances. If you are concerned about substance use issues, please seek help with a mental health professional for an evaluation. ...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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Substance abuse (Tip)

Consult your primary care provider but don't assume they know what they are talking about. ...See more

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Where to find help to deal with substance abuse?

Substance use help: Info. Can be obtained from your local mental health clinic or the community service boards, or a local mental health professional. ...Read more

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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