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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

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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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

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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 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 stigmas, 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 affect organ systems that are different from cocain use. ...Read 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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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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When does substance usage become substance abuse?

When does substance usage become substance abuse?

When you strat: Asking for it, this you start your addiction, be careful. ...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 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

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Do older people ever have substance abuse problems?

Older people: Substance abuse is found in older people, but many hide it. Alcohol abuse can be a big one, perhaps discovered when the partner who has been "covering" for the active drinker becomes ill or dies. Prescription drug abuse can be a problem as well. I imagine as more "baby boomers" grow into "older people, " there will be additional commonly abused substances coming to light. ...Read more

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What can I do to help with my recovery from substance abuse?

What can I do to help with my recovery from substance abuse?

Look For Support: Fisrt make the decision that you want to stop and realize that you will need support. Find a 12-step program that addresses your particular substance of abuse. Family and friends can be a great source of support. A physical exam by your primary care physician would be a good idea. An evaluation by a psychiatrist or addiction specialist would also prove helpful. Good luck, many do succeed. ...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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Need to know about substance abuse and mental health services?

Need to know about substance abuse and mental health services?

12 step programs: If you are in massachusetts you can come to my office on fridays. You can find help in 12 step programs. http://nami.org/ — national alliance for mentally ill would have resources you can find out about. ...Read more

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Where do I find freemental health and substance abuse services?

12 step programs: If you are in massachusetts you can come to my office on fridays. You can find help in 12 step programs. http://nami.org/ — national alliance for mentally ill would have resources you can find out about. ...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 master’s 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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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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Does family culture affect the rate of substance abuse among the members?

Yes: It depends on accessibility and acceptance of abusive substance. In some cultures alcohol is part of tradition so it is easy to have access to the same. ...Read more

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Which sort of behaviour patterns can indicate problems such as substance abuse?

Unusual behavior: Substance abuse can be associted with extremes in behavior from depression to over excitment and agitation. When these become a change in normal behavior noticable to those close to the person problems such as substance abuse should and have to be called into question.
All to often we don't want to say anything or want to believe it will get better on its own. ...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 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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If you have had any problems with substance abuse in the past are you allowed to fly planes?

Yes: Employers are not allowed by federal law to discriminate due to past substance abuse. ...Read more

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What is the best way to support a friend who has self-enrolled in a substance-abuse recovery program?

Support: The best way to support a friend in a substance abuse program is to be there, not only physically but mentally. People in substance abuse programs still will have emotional and enviromental stresses where they may need to have someone to lean on. Also, a change in knowing better what led them to become addicted may need to be avoided. All in all support means being there for him or her. ...Read more

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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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Expert opinion please: could substance abuse throughout someone's lifetime effect the health of their children?

Expert opinion please: could substance abuse throughout someone's lifetime effect the health of their children?

Most likely yes: Children are very tuned in to such issues. This would be one factor which will ultimately impact the mental & physical well-being of children. Seeing a parent suffer with substance abuse can make a child empathic towards others and avoid substance abuse themselves. Other times it will be a patten and life style that will be copied with disastrous results. It is never too late to get help. ...Read more

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Is substance abuse a form of mental illness?

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 it's a cause or an effect. Getting clean is the path as u treat the others. ...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