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Doctor insights on: What Is The Most Commonly Abused Chemical Substance

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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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If someone is 18, 100 pounds, and allegedly abused cocaine how long will it take the chemical they test for to be below 75ng/ml?

If someone is 18, 100 pounds, and allegedly abused cocaine how long will it take the chemical they test for to be below 75ng/ml?

Not possible to say: for certain, and age and weight have very little to do with it. It depends on how much was used, and what kind of test is being used to test for it. It is not cocaine that is tested for, but a metabolite called benzoylecgonine (and some others), and this persists for 3 days or so, rarely quite a bit longer. ...Read more

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A 105 pound girl who has not abused substance for a month, snorted cocaine, and needs to know how long the chemical her job looks for in cocaine will be in her urine. Will she be okay in 48 hours? She had a relapse and is actively seeking treatment

A 105 pound girl who has not abused substance for a month, snorted cocaine, and needs to know how long the chemical her job looks for in cocaine will be in her urine. Will she be okay in 48 hours? She had a relapse and is actively seeking treatment

Depends: on the amount consumed, whether consuming alcohol at the same time, or any other drug, usually urine tox screen looks for cocaine or one of the metabolites which stays longer in the body, don't believe any would be cleared in next 48 hours, better seek help, check this link, good luck https://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/TreatmentLocator/faces/quickSearch.jspx ...Read more

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How can I tell if my significant other has been abusing substances?

How can I tell if my significant other has been abusing substances?

Be observant: Signs of abuse may include frequently refilled prescriptions or hospital visits, track marks from needles on the skin and abnormal pupils (dilated/ constricted) or sclera (the whites of the eyes). Letting them know you are concerned and want to help rather than confronting them by accusation is the best approach to opening a discussion about the topic. ...Read more

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What sort of abused substance is crack?

What sort of abused substance is crack?

Cocaine: Crack is a highly purified form of Cocaine that is so pure that it gives the user a greater high than just cocaine. It is called crack from the sound it makes when dissolving in heat. ...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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All the abilities and coping skills that didnt develop properly becouse of my substance abusing, will I get them if remaining sober for a looong time?

Yes, but not by UPS: Good for you! Yes, stay sober for a looong time (maybe a bit of healthy wine/beer will be ok). But those lost years and the abilities/skills won't just come in a delivery truck. You need to develop them and you can. Even if you were older - but you're not. It will be ok. Plants usually catch up if planted late in our garden. Stay on track. Good luck. ...Read more

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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