Whom should I consult for drug addiction ? And why? +A mental health professional like a Psychiatrist is the right person, since as part of their training, they deal with… Read More
Why some people become addicted to drugs while others don’t ? +People of any age, sex or economic status can become addicted to a drug. However, certain factors can affect the… Read More
How can drug addiction be diagnosed? +A definitive diagnosis of drug addiction usually occurs after an evaluation by a psychiatrist, who as part of their training… Read More
What are the warning signs that a friend or a loved one is using drugs? +If you’re worried that a friend or family member might be abusing drugs, look for the following warning signs: Bloodshot… Read More
How can we prevent drug abuse in children /adolescents? +Take the following steps to help prevent drug abuse in your children /adolescents : Communicate. Talk to your children about the… Read More
What complications can occur due to drug addiction ? +Drug addiction (dependence) can create a number of complications. They can include: Health problems. Drug addiction can lead to a… Read More
How is drug addiction treated? +Treatment for addiction varies widely according to the types of drugs involved, amount of drugs used, duration of the drug… Read More
Treatment for addiction varies widely according to the types of drugs involved, amount of drugs used, duration of the drug addiction, associated mental or physical illness, medical complications and the social needs of the individual
Treatment for drug addiction or dependence begins with an evaluation by a psychiatrist and includes detailed history about drug use, a complete physical and mental status examination . Then drug use is stopped either gradually or abruptly (detoxification) usually with help of medicines. Sometimes a drug with a similar action is taken instead (substitution/replacement therapy) . At times the withdrawal is managed symptomatically with other medicines. Detoxification can be done on an inpatient or outpatient basis.
Treatment programs also include counseling, both for the person and his family . These programs use behavior modification techniques, which are designed to get users to recognize their behaviors and teach new coping skills .
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