Problems Associated With 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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  • Still using drugs even though it's affecting my emotions or thinking

  • Can't stop using drugs despite my family ties becoming strained

  • Feeling anxious and uncomfortable after stopping drugs

  • Keep having traumatic flashbacks after taking drugs

  • Sweating and heart racing when running out of drugs

  • Can't stop using drugs for more than a few days

  • Can't remember what happened after I took drugs

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About the Symptom

Drug abuse can cause problems with physical health, mental health, relationships with other people or the community, employment, income, education, housing, legal problems or many other things.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Problems associated with drug abuse

Possible Causes

Generally, Problems associated with 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.

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  • Have you considered reducing drug use?

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Find Similar Symptoms

Similar symptoms or complaints

  • Alcoholism

  • Feel uncomfortable without alcohol

  • Hard to control drinking alcohol

  • Alcohol cravings

  • I can't control my drinking

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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