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?
Diagnosis of drug abuse is usually initiated by a family member or a close friend who notices a drastic change on behaviour. General physician may examine you physically and also evaluate your symptoms. Blood tests may reveal the presence of the substance in blood. A psychiatrist may be roped in for confirming drug abuse.
HOW IS DRUG ABUSE TREATED?
There is no magic wand when it comes to treating drug abuse and addiction. This complex disease requires a multifaceted approach to treatment for it to be effective. Most treatment programs include:
• A thorough mental and physical assessment.
• Individual or group therapy.
• Participation in support groups.
• A comprehensive aftercare program.
DID YOU KNOW?
Counselling and coping with self help groups is also recommended.