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Drug Dependence & Abuse (cont.)

Follow-up

The initial evaluation by a doctor is just the first step in battling drug abuse. Follow-through in drug avoidance is essential to successful treatment.

  • It will generally be necessary to discharge the person from the emergency department into the care of recovery program or a sober adult. Activities that require skill and judgment, such as driving, high-speed activities (bicycling, skateboarding), operating machinery, and swimming (even bathtub use) should not be undertaken until all the effects of the drug have worn off.
  • Joining support groups like Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous can be intimidating, but such groups are very helpful for some people. A social worker or other counselor at the hospital can advise on local resources available.

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