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Substance Use Disorder treatment programs often involving twelve steps
toward becoming spiritually enlightened and as a result, sober. The two
most popular associations are Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics
Short Alcohol and Alcohol Problems Perception Questionnaire.
The cessation of all consumption of a particular substance or a variety
of substances. Often the ultimate goal of substance dependence
Abuse of a Substance
Maladaptive pattern of use leading to clinically significant impairment
manifesting one or more of the following within a 12-month period:
behavioral impairment, use in hazardous situations, legal problems,
recurrent use in spite of social and interpersonal problems.
A prescription drug used to treat alcohol dependence by interacting with the glutamate neurotransmitter system.
Begins within 6 hours of the last drink and can range from minor
withdrawal (insomnia, tremulousness, anxiety, GI upset) to seizures,
hallucinations and at its most severe, delirium tremens.
Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test — a screening tool developed
by the World Health Organization to identify persons whose alcohol
consumption has become hazardous or harmful to their health. It is a
10-item screening questionnaire with 3 questions on the amount and
frequency of drinking, 3 questions on alcohol dependence, and 4 on
problems caused by alcohol. All of the questions are scored using a
5-point Likert scale.
Brief dialogues with patients exploring the consequences of substance
use with the intent to strengthen the patient’s own motivation and
commitment to positive behavior change.