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Alcohol and Other Substances of Abuse

  • John R. Hubbard
  • John Martens
  • Peter R. Martin
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Abstract

Alcohol and other substances of abuse continue to play an important role in the health of patients, cost of medical care, crime, and social problems. The physiological effects of substances of abuse may mimic other medical illnesses (and vice versa). In addition, patients are often reluctant to acknowledge substance abuse, making the diagnosis more difficult. Treatment should occur at many levels including prevention, detoxification, rehabilitation, and relapse prevention. Comorbidity with other psychiatric problems is very common, and thus psychiatrists often play an important role in the care of these patients. The numerous substance-related medical and surgical problems often necessitates consultation from other medical specialists.

Keywords

Psychotic Disorder Relapse Prevention Alcohol Withdrawal Blood Alcohol Level Opiate Withdrawal 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • John R. Hubbard
    • 1
  • John Martens
    • 2
  • Peter R. Martin
    • 3
  1. 1.Division of Addiction Medicine, Department of PsychiatryVanderbilt University School of MedicineNashvilleUSA
  2. 2.The Vanderbilt Clinic for Pharmacologic Treatment of AddictionNashvilleUSA
  3. 3.Division of Addiction Medicine, Department of PsychiatryVanderbilt University School of MedicineNashvilleUSA

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