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Doctor insights on: Todays Barriers To Communication And Substance Abuse

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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.

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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 its a cause or an effect. Getting clean is the path as u treat the others.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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Can there be reproductive damage from substance abuse?

Can there be reproductive damage from substance abuse?

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

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How are social problems associated with substance abuse?

Complex topic: Some specialists think adverse social conditions breed drug use, drug pushers target the lower socio-economic strata as these often show less critical thinking and use the drugs. It takes a certain degree of thinking to figure out that drug use is illegal for a reason.. It will ruin your life.

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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.

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How does substance abuse affect people's minds and bodies?

Many ways: Mind : can effect concentration, focus, judgement, energy level, mood, appetite, sleep, delusions, hallucinations body:it can affect all body systems, heart, liver, lungs, hormones, joints, muscles, brain. Can cause withdrawal, seizures and death.

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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.

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What times of services does a substance abuse counselor provide?

What times of services does a substance abuse counselor provide?

Go2asap.com: A substance abuse counselor will work with clients on their addiction to things like alcohol, marijuana, opiates, methamphetamine, or any other substance.  substance abuse psychologists are commonly referred to as chemical dependency counselors or addictions counselors, too. An alcohol counselor often works with clients on other addictions like sex and gambling, as well.

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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.

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