Drug abuse and addiction, now both grouped as drug use disorder, is a condition that is characterized by a self-destructive pattern of using a substance that leads to significant problems and distress, which may include tolerance to or withdrawal from the substance. Drug abuse is a serious public health problem that affects almost every community and family in some way. Each year drug abuse causes millions of serious illnesses or injuries. Abused drugs include
• Anabolic steroids
• Club drugs
• Prescription drugs
HOW IS DRUG ABUSE DIAGNOSED?
There are several different screening tools that have been validated for use with adolescents such as the CRAFFT Screening Test and in adults the CAGE questionnaire. Diagnosing drug addiction requires a thorough evaluation and often includes an assessment by a psychiatrist, a psychologist, or a licensed alcohol and drug counselor. Blood, urine or other lab tests are used to assess drug use.
HOW IS DRUG ABUSE TREATED?
The treatment includes withdrawal therapy that is also known as a process of detoxification which enables you to stop taking the doses in a safe and quick manner.
DID YOU KNOW?
Drug abuse is defined as a habit but in reality, it becomes a complex disease that leads to crime and health related issues crossing a whopping $600 billion annually in U.S. alone.