Guilty About Drug Abuse
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Charles Carlson, DO, MS

Charles Carlson, DO, MS (Psychiatry)

Dr. Carlson graduated from Touro University in Nevada with a degree in osteopathic medicine. He then trained as a resident in Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals where he was also a chief resident and completed a fellowship in Public and Community Psychiatry. After training, he started practicing in | Addiction Psychiatry at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs where he also teaches Psychiatry residents.

Yu Shirai, MD

Yu Shirai, MD (Psychiatry)

Dr. Shirai works at the Yotsuya Yui Clinic for mental health treatment for English and Portuguese-speaking patients. He treats a wide range of patients from neurodevelopmental disorders to dementia in children and participates in knowledge sharing through the Diversity Clinic.

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  • Feeling guilty for using drugs

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About the Symptom

Drug abuse can cause feelings of guilt which may include negative evaluations of the self, feelings of distress, and feelings of failure.

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  • Guilty about drug abuse

Possible causes

Generally, Guilty about drug abuse can be related to:

  • Drug use disorder

    Substance use disorder is a disease that affects a person's brain and behavior, leading to an inability to control the use of legal or illegal drugs or medications. Substances like alcohol, marijuana, and nicotine are also considered drugs.

Doctor's Diagnostic Questions

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom:

  • Do you feel guilty or regretful about using drugs?

  • Have you ever used stimulants, narcotics, or other illegal drugs before?

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Are you experiencing cold sweats?

  • Do you have a cough?

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  • Problems associated with drug abuse

  • Alcoholism

  • Feel uncomfortable without alcohol

  • Hard to control drinking alcohol

  • Alcohol cravings

Reviewed By:

Charles Carlson, DO, MS

Charles Carlson, DO, MS (Psychiatry)

Dr. Carlson graduated from Touro University in Nevada with a degree in osteopathic medicine. He then trained as a resident in Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals where he was also a chief resident and completed a fellowship in Public and Community Psychiatry. After training, he started practicing in | Addiction Psychiatry at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs where he also teaches Psychiatry residents.

Yu Shirai, MD

Yu Shirai, MD (Psychiatry)

Dr. Shirai works at the Yotsuya Yui Clinic for mental health treatment for English and Portuguese-speaking patients. He treats a wide range of patients from neurodevelopmental disorders to dementia in children and participates in knowledge sharing through the Diversity Clinic.

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