Drug Abuse and Addiction

Re: Drug Abuse and Addiction

Postby Jerry on 30 Nov 2012, 17:10

Any disorder that is associated with sudden changes in behavior, mood, or thinking, like bipolar disorder, a psychotic disorder, borderline personality disorder, or dissociative identity disorder (DID) may be particularly challenging to distinguish from some symptoms of drug abuse or dependence. In order to assess the person's current emotional state, health care providers perform a mental-status examination as well. :P :mrgreen: :|
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Re: Drug Abuse and Addiction

Postby Utte on 30 Nov 2012, 17:16

To providing treatment that is appropriate to the diagnosis, determining the history or presence of mental illnesses that may co-occur (be co-morbid) with substance abuse or dependence is important in promoting the best possible outcome for the person. :roll: :roll: :oops:
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Re: Drug Abuse and Addiction

Postby Sally on 30 Nov 2012, 17:20

The dual diagnosis of substance abusing or addicted individuals dictates the need for treatment that addresses both issues in a coordinated way by professionals who are trained and experienced with helping this specific population. :ugeek: :ugeek: :idea:
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Re: Drug Abuse and Addiction

Postby Joyce on 30 Nov 2012, 17:26

What is the treatment for drug addiction?
An unfortunate fact about the treatment of drug addiction is that it remains largely unutilized by most sufferers of this condition. Facts about the use of drug treatment include that less than 10% of people with a substance-abuse disorder and less than 40% of those with a substance-dependence disorder seek professional help. :?: :?: :?: :?:
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Re: Drug Abuse and Addiction

Postby Emma on 30 Nov 2012, 17:28

Those statistics do not seem to be associated with socioeconomic or other demographic traits but do seem to be associated with the presence of other mental-health problems (co-morbidity). :roll: :arrow: :idea:
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Re: Drug Abuse and Addiction

Postby Jerry on 30 Nov 2012, 17:31

The primary goals of drug-abuse or addiction treatment (also called recovery) are abstinence, relapse prevention, and rehabilitation. During the initial stage of abstinence, an individual who suffers from chemical dependency may need help avoiding or lessening the effects of withdrawal. :mrgreen: :x :(
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Re: Drug Abuse and Addiction

Postby Utte on 30 Nov 2012, 17:38

That process is called detoxification or "detox." That aspect of treatment is usually performed in a hospital or other inpatient setting, where medications used to lessen withdrawal symptoms and frequent medical monitoring can be provided. :P :P :P
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Re: Drug Abuse and Addiction

Postby Sally on 30 Nov 2012, 17:43

The medications used for detox are determined by the substance the individual is dependent upon. For example, people with alcohol dependence might receive medications like anti-anxiety or blood pressure medications to decrease palpitations and blood pressure, or seizure medications to prevent possible seizures during the detoxification process. :arrow: :lol:
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Re: Drug Abuse and Addiction

Postby Joyce on 30 Nov 2012, 17:47

For many drugs of abuse, the detox process is the most difficult aspect of coping with the physical symptoms of addiction and tends to last days to a few weeks. Medications that are sometimes used to help addicted individuals abstain from drug use long term also depend on the specific drug of addiction. :oops: :o :o
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Re: Drug Abuse and Addiction

Postby Emma on 30 Nov 2012, 17:49

Individuals who are addicted to narcotics like Percodan (a combination of aspirin and oxycodone hydrochloride) heroin, or Vicodin, Vicodin ES, Anexsia, Lorcet, Lorcet Plus or Norco (combinations of hydrocodone and acetaminophen) often benefit from receiving longer-acting, less addictive narcotic-like substances like methadone (Methadose). People with alcohol addiction might try to avoid alcohol intake by taking disulfiram (Antabuse), which produces nausea, stomach cramping, and vomiting when the individual consumes alcohol. :cry: :evil: :twisted: :roll: :roll:
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