Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Sedative Abuse Treatment

The treatment for drug abuse depends on the drug and the severity of the symptoms. Treatment for drug abuse may include mental health counseling, support group, social services, drug detoxification, and medications to control the symptoms of drug withdrawal.

Treatment for drug abuse may include:

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Sedative Abuse Drug Toxicity

The treatment for drug toxicity varies depending on the drug.

Treatment for drug toxicity may include:

Sedative Abuse Long Term Care

People who are physically addicted may benefit from detoxification. During detoxification, the drug is gradually withdrawn, in order to reduce the symptoms of withdrawal.

Detoxification includes:

  • Mental health counseling for substance abuse
  • Support groups for substance abuse

Sedative Abuse Social Services

Most people with drug problems will benefit from counseling. The counselor must have experience with drug abuse.

There are many programs to help drug addicts. These include hospitals and outpatient programs, such as Narcotics Anonymous.

Sedative Abuse Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat drug abuse:

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Last Updated: Oct 13, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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