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Substance Abuse Relapse Prevention Handouts
See below: Current drug use, any withrawal, coexistant medical and psych issues, assess patients motivation for change. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
24/7: 24 hour rehab hotline 877-748-5761, online visit www. Drugabuse. Net/. ...Read more
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
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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Yes: Yes - if they are subpoenaed and so ordered to release them by a judge. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Substance abuse: Please seek professional help with an addictionologist. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
I have no doubt ther: Damage to the whole syetem not just the repoductive system. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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