Symptoms and Signs of Narcotic Abuse

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Medically Reviewed on 8/27/2021

Doctor's Notes on Narcotic Abuse

Narcotic abuse is when a person misuses narcotics (a drug or other substance affecting mood or behavior, usually used in the context of illegal substances like heroin, cocaine). Signs and symptoms of narcotic abuse may include

Narcotic abuse in pregnancy can cause neonatal narcotic withdrawal that can be fatal to the newborn. Narcotic abuse can easily lead to narcotic addiction.

Narcotic abuse is caused by the person's desire for the euphoria and/or sedation that narcotics produce in the central nervous system.

What Is the Treatment for Narcotic Abuse?

Treatment of narcotic abuse (and other drugs and/or addictions) can be a long series of steps the patient may need to take. Help is available at 1-800-662-4357. Treatment plans are long term and individualized. The commonly used treatments involve counseling and behavioral therapies. No single treatment is correct for everyone. Treatments need to include underlying problems, and patients must stay in treatment long enough for them to work.

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REFERENCE:

Kasper, D.L., et al., eds. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 19th Ed. United States: McGraw-Hill Education, 2015.