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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

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


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Drug Addiction (Definition)

Drug addiction is a compulsive physical or psychological ...Read more