Drug Abuse and Drug Addiction
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- Repeated work, school, or home problems due to drug use
- Continued use of drugs even though it means risking physical safety
- Recurring trouble with the law related to drug use (eg, driving while under the influence of drugs)
- Continuing to use drugs despite drug-related problems in personal relationships
- Craving for the drug
- Inability to stop or limit drug use
- Tolerance (taking greater amounts to feel the same effect)
- Withdrawal symptoms that occur when the drug is stopped
- Significant amounts of time trying to acquire drugs and recover from the effects
- Drug use continues even when it causes or worsens physical or mental health problems
- Your history of drug use
- Emotional problems that may have occurred while using drugs
- Problems with work, school, homelife, or the law
- To help you stop using drugs
- To decrease the toxic effects of the drugs being used and to aid in symptoms of drug withdrawal, called detoxification
- To prevent relapse
Cocaine Anonymous http://www.ca.org
Narcotics Anonymous http://www.na.org
National Institute on Drug Abuse http://www.nida.nih.gov
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health http://www.camh.ca
Narcotics Anonymous http://www.torontona.org
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Opioid abuse or dependence. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed/what.php. Updated March 27, 2013. Accessed March 28, 2013.
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- Reviewer: Brian Randall, MD
- Review Date: 09/2012 -
- Update Date: 00/91/2012 -
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