Drug Addiction Diagnosis

(Also Known As: Addiction Diagnosis, Drug Problem Diagnosis, Drug Rehab Diagnosis, Drug Abuse Diagnosis, Drug Addict Diagnosis, Substance Abuse Diagnosis)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

How is Drug Addiction Diagnosed?

It is important to establish an accurate diagnosis of drug addiction or substance abuse which may also be related to mental health illness and other associated disorders, such as alcohol abuse and other psychiatric and behavioral disorders. Thus this involves a multifaceted treatment plan, which will relatively depend on the diagnosis made by clinicians.

It has been found that there is a possible relationship between alcohol and other drugs and the different psychiatric disorders that may worsen, induce, or can diminish the psychiatric disorder thereby complicating the diagnosis. 4

The first step to identify the possible occurrence of drug addiction is to look for the signs and symptoms stated above and to observe changes in the behavior of the suspected addict. One can personally assess an individual for possible addiction to drugs; however it is notable that most addicts will constantly be in denial, so you need to make the assessment as objectively as possible. 5

The family and close friends of the drug addict are most likely to raise concerns on the changes in the behavior of the drug addict to a family doctor. Psychologists, psychiatrists, and addiction counselors however are the ones who make a definitive diagnosis on drug addiction. A blood test is not used to confirm substance abuse, but is a helpful tool in identifying which type of drug is used once its use is denied by the addict.

Could You Have Drug Addiction?

Drug Addiction Topics

Related Conditions

Alcohol Addiction – addiction, dependence, tolerance, withdrawal, alcoholism, compulsion to alcohol consumption
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – obsessive behavior, compulsivity, uncontrolled inclination to something
Sexual Addiction – sexual dependency, sexual compulsivity, hypersexuality