Alcohol and drug abuse in women is a prevalent issue in America. Bipolar disorder is such a disorder which brings in other problems like drug or alcohol abuse along with it. Patients tend to abuse drug and alcohol in order to get relief through self medication or to stabilize their mood swings and in severe cases as a mode of self-destruction.
Addicts will find themselves consumed (mental obsession) with thoughts of their substance of choice and will return to it even when the physical dependence leaves them and despite knowing the negative consequences of doing so. Self control when it comes to the drug becomes nonexistent and dangerously high quantities may be consumed.
Symptoms of opiate abuse will include numbness to pain, lethargy, confusion, decreased breathing rate, anxiety, vomiting, constipation, and needle marks; after prolonged excessive use such symptoms such as infections of the heart lining, skin sores/abscesses, and respiratory problems may also develop.
The center said 58 percent of doctors don’t discuss substance abuse withtheir patients because they believe their patients lie about it. Some 35 percent listed time constraints for not discussing it and 11 percent were concerned they won’t be reimbursed for the time necessary to screen and treat a substance abusing patient.
Unfortunately, many patients abuse this system as well, and although they appear to be in no acute distress, they will rate their level of pain to be a ’10/10′, which is clinically meant to be “the worst pain imaginable”; and because pain is now “what the patient says it is” clinicians are intimidated into prescribing larger doses of narcotics than may be truly indicated.