Drug Abuse is a serious public health problem that affects families and communities. It is a condition in which an individual indiscriminately uses certain drugs and gets addicted to their usage. Anabolic steroids, club drugs, heroin, marijuana and cocaine are commonly abused drugs. Symptoms of drug abuse are:
• Temporary blackouts or memory loss
• Recurrent fights with friends and family
• Neglecting other activities
• Loss of control
• Nervousness and trembling
• Headache, insomnia, nausea
• Flushed skin and broken capillaries
• Drinking or consuming drugs in secrecy
HOW IS DRUG ABUSE DIAGNOSED?
Symptoms can be diagnosed via a number of blood tests, which help in identifying and tracing the kind of drug that the patient is using. There are other medical tests that follow suit to check the extent of damage caused by these drugs.
HOW IS DRUG ABUSE TREATED?
In most cases, rehabilitation is given along with a range of detoxifying treatments to flush out toxins from the body. The patient may require to be hospitalised and treated for other damages that were caused and your general physician can manage this.
DID YOU KNOW?
Counselling and coping with self help groups is also recommended.