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What does a substance abuse evaluation consist of?

What does a substance abuse evaluation consist of?

See below: Current drug use, any withrawal, coexistant medical and psych issues, assess patients motivation for change. ...Read more

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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My wife thinks I should see someone for my substance abuse. Should i?

My wife thinks I should see someone for my substance abuse. Should i?

Hmmm: Why does she think you need substance abuse treatment? Do you have problems with alcohol or drug abuse? Have you been asked by a doctor or family member to curtail your drug/alcohol use? Have you had dui's? Is there a problem with keeping a job or managing finances? Are there problems with the marriage or physical abuse? ...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'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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How good are substance abuse treatments?

Effective treatment: This is all relative to the the program and more importantly the patients willingness to get his/her life back.
A very effective program exists in michigan through the eagle advancement institute called the clarity program. Check it out. ...Read more

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Describe how addiction differs from substance abuse? Isn't it the same

Describe how addiction differs from substance abuse? Isn't it the same

Dependence: Abuse: periodic heavy use that negatively impacts life (I.e., weekend binge drinker who gets one or more DUIs)., but no physical/psychological dependence. Addiction: person experiences negative life outcomes from use as well as needs the substance to function, and has physical/psychological dependence - goes through withdrawal without substance and is preoccupied with use. ...Read more

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Can substance abuse treatment programs really work?

Can substance abuse treatment programs really work?

Yes: In my experirnce the right program which encompass not only the addiction problem but also the aftercare have tremendous results. One such program is the clarity program out of farmingtom, mi.
Great, dedicated people with a caring, confidential, and patented approach to get your life back! ...Read more

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How do I find a good substance abuse treatment program?

24/7: 24 hour rehab hotline 877-748-5761, online visit www. Drugabuse. Net/. ...Read more

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What are the proven advantages of substance abuse treatment?

Drug free: The bottom line answer to your question is "get drug free and stay drug free".
Become substance abuse free helps you avoid all the mental and physical problems which can occur with substance abuse and addiction. ...Read more

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How will I get to find substance abuse treatment centers texas?

How will I get to find substance abuse treatment centers texas?

Internet: There are many substance abuse centers throughout the us. When it comes to treatment try to find one that suits your needs inpatient vs. Outpatient or immediate and long term treatment. The internet is a great palce to start refer to samhsa. Great source to start. ...Read more

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I'm wondering why are medications needed for substance abuse treatment?

Addiction treatment: There are three big reasons to use medications for substance abuse. First, to block receptors and prevent further effects of the abused drug. Secondly, to treat the withdrawl effects of the substance being abused and thirdly to treat the craving of the drug which will lead up to long term abstinence from drug abuse. ...Read more

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Should someone who uses a drug on a daily basis seek out substance abuse treatment?

Should someone who uses a drug on a daily basis seek out substance abuse treatment?

Yes: It is better to get help there might be options you are not aware of that might benefit plus you would get counseling and be involved in a support group. ...Read more

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Are substance abuse treatment facilities allowed to release information to authorities?

Are substance abuse treatment facilities allowed to release information to authorities?

Yes: Yes - if they are subpoenaed and so ordered to release them by a judge. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how I could explain substance abuse and a gambling addiction to a child?

Can you tell me how I could explain substance abuse and a gambling addiction to a child?

Disease model: Explain that substance abuse and gambling addictions are diseases like diabetes or high blood pressure. People with these problems are not bad people and they did not cause the disease. Both substance abuse and gambling addiction have effective treatments available that may help the individual return to normal functioning. ...Read more

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If you were to go to recreational therapy for substance abuse and mental health, what types of activities would you engage in?

Well...: One theory is that addicts have forgotten how to enjoy life without drugs and have to be taught how to engage in enjoyable pro social activities. Often recreational therapy is adjunctive to more mainstream therapy. Possible activities are almost limitless. ...Read more

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My dr. Wants to give me Valium for anxiety, my family has a history with substance abuse so I have always stayed away from drugs/alcohol. Is it ok?

My dr. Wants to give me Valium for anxiety, my family has a history with substance abuse so I have always stayed away from drugs/alcohol. Is it ok?

Anxiety: I try to stay from benzodiazepines like Valium regardless of Family History but even more so given yours. Have you tried any SSRIs? Even before turning to medications, have you tried psychotherapy like cognitive behavioral therapy? It does wonders! And is side effect free. In meantime, ask your FamilyDoc to check for hyperthyroidism. And cut down on caffeine intake. ...Read more

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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?

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 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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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?

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 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 the classical signs of substance abuse?

What are the classical signs of substance abuse?

Signs of subs use: Depends on the substance. Cravings and withdrawal are common. ...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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How do I know if I have a substance abuse problem?

Use despite problems: Basically the diagnosis of substance abuse or substance dependence depends on a pattern of continued use despite evidence that using that substance has caused or might cause serious health, social, psychological, work or legal problems. ...Read more

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What options would have if I can't stop my substance abuse?

Substance abuse: Please seek professional help with an addictionologist. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could I really get up to 30, 000 in substance abuse?

Do you mean salary?: Starting salaries for counselors/therapists depend on what your training is, and what kind of setting you work in, and where in the country you are. At the low end, people who do not have masters degrees in counseling related areas (social work, psychology etc.) make much less (20 -25k to start). People with master's degrees can make 35-50k per year to start, and more advanced degrees make more. ...Read more

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If I relapse, does than mean I have I failed with my recovery from substance abuse?

Start again: No, it is not a failure. Recovery from substance abuse is a moment-to-moment process, as you're choosing each moment whether or not to use. By the nature of the condition, relapses happen and are part of the treatment. You can get back with your recovery group and start again. Many have, and many do. Good luck. ...Read more

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Could all people that have substances abuse issues have some underlining issue that triggers substance abuse?

Could all people that have substances abuse issues have some underlining issue that triggers substance abuse?

Most, not all: Many people with substance abuse issues have underlying psychiatric and emotional problems. In women, early life trauma (physical, emotional and sexual) is extremely common, and it is not uncommon in men as well. Many have personality disorders, particularly borderline, narcissistic and antisocial. Even those without such problems develop personality changes as result of addiction. ...Read more

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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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What is the best way to get over substance abuse?

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What is the best way to get over substance abuse?

Substance abuse: Rehab programs, aa/na, monitoring by addictionologist, and ofcourse, will power. ...Read more

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Can there be reproductive damage from substance abuse?

I have no doubt ther: Damage to the whole syetem not just the repoductive system. ...Read more

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How does substance abuse affect peoples minds and bodies?

Chemistry: Everything you ingest affects your body and brain chemistry. In addition, people who abuse mood altering chemicals begin to adopt counterproductive behaviors. This is a downward spiral. ...Read more

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Are people with aspergers at higher risk for substance abuse?

No: I'm not aware of any data on this, but in general individuals with ASD are less likely to be risk-takers, more likely to be under the watchful eye of an adult, and less likely to congregate unsupervised with peers who are experimenting with substances of abuse. Among my fairly substantial patient population, I've not seen any problems, even with marijuana. ...Read more

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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 treatments for Substance abuse?

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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Do you think substance abuse can be defense mechanism?

Yes, but a poor one: Many if not most people with substance abuse come from dysfunctional families & suffer from anxiety &/or depression. Many are very sensitive souls. They use substances as a way to escape, emotionally numb themselves & self-medicate. Unfortunately, substance abuse not only fails to solve their problems but adds to them.Counseling, appropriate medications/herbs/supplements & meditation will help more. ...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