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?
The diagnosis of the issue can be done by a general physician or psychiatrist who will carry out a variety of detailed tests for an evaluation of the problem, its symptoms and the causes. Lab tests based on blood and urine samples will also be carried out. The DSM 5 test may also be used to find out the mental and emotional causes for the addiction.
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?
Counselling and coping with self help groups is also recommended.