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Detecting narcotic abuse

Detecting narcotic abuse as early as your first stick of cigarette is what will help you face the problem objectively

Detecting narcotic abuse: Narcotic causes and abuse

In order to effectively participate in detecting narcotic abuse and courses, it is very important that we appreciate that the whole process of diagnosing narcotic abuse and dependence can be very complicated. This is so because users are not ignorant of the fact that their drug use activity is prohibited, illegitimate and illegal. Speaking to the experts at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center under the able leadership of doctor Dalal Akoury (MD) and founder of the facility, it is evident that physiologically, the user’s brain requires the drug as a substitute for endorphins, this often makes it very difficult for users to stop regardless of whether or not they recognize the problem. It is, therefore, possible that drug dependency in many situations may be discovered by friends or family members and even this will still have some challenges associated with stigma thereby causing the families to deny or avoid the problem. But addiction being what it is, in most cases with or without anyone speaking about it, somewhere along the way something in the life of the user will reveal his or her dependence. The difficulty at work; criminal activity (e.g., theft, forgery); prescription records gathered by insurance companies and doctors; withdrawal; or the discovery of an illness, like HIV infection, may uncover the problem.

Besides all these the physical signs of drug dependence, like injection marks on the skin, deterioration of nasal tissue from snorting and constricted or dilated pupils may be present. Therefore the process of ascertaining the truth may involve screening for the presence of narcotics in the body by carrying out laboratory tests, like urinalysis or hair analysis. However, doctor Akoury registers that testing alone cannot determine the length of time that drugs have been used. In that case, differential diagnosis may be necessary in cases where signs indicate nonnarcotic drug use or the presence of a medical condition. Like for instance benzodiazepine and barbiturate use can produce symptoms similar to narcotic intoxication and withdrawal. Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar, fatigue), electrolyte imbalance, head or brain injury, and stroke can produce delirium and cause slurred speech, inability to concentrate, and impaired memory, which are also signs of intoxication.

Detecting narcotic abuse: The uncertainty in entry of addiction

According to the experts at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center, the exact age for drug use is not always very clear owing to the fact that the effects of narcotics can be felt even before birth, however socially the average age range of onset for drug use is 18 to 25. The most painful fact about narcotic use is that those who are using narcotic drugs be it within this range or otherwise, usually progress the usage to drug dependency says doctor Dalal Akoury. It is worth stressing that narcotic addiction may develop after medical treatment as well. Like for instance some users often become dependent on the euphoric effects of narcotics following surgery or long-term treatment for pain. It is likely possible that those risk factors for drug abuse are present in such individuals even before treatment. But in all these the dangers remains the same and lasting solution must be attained by scheduling an appointment with doctor Dalal Akoury today.

Detecting narcotic abuse: Narcotic causes and abuse

 

 

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