Drug Abuse and Dependence - Exams and Tests
dependence may be diagnosed during a routine doctor
visit or when you see your doctor for a health or other problem linked to drug
use, such as
depression, or family conflict. If your partner or a
friend suspects a drug problem, he or she may urge you to see your
If you think you or a loved one might have a drug problem,
use this short quiz to check for drug use:
- Drug abuse screening test(What is a PDF document?)
Your doctor will ask you questions about your symptoms and
past health and do a
physical exam. If your doctor thinks you have a drug
problem, he or she may ask about
current and past drug use, your feelings toward drug
use, and how drug use may have changed you. He or she also may ask you to take
a drug assessment or ask if it's okay to give you a test to check for drug use,
such as a urine or blood test.
Your doctor may ask to give you
tests to look for health problems related to drug abuse. These may include
hepatitis C, or
If you and your doctor agree that
you have a drug problem, your doctor probably will refer you to a specialist in
drug abuse or dependence.
People who use
drugs also may have mental health problems. These include
anxiety disorders, or
post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). If your doctor
thinks this may be true for you, he or she may do a
mental health assessment.
If you use
drugs and have a mental health problem, it's called a
dual diagnosis. A dual diagnosis can make treatment for a drug problem hard.
If you don't get treatment, one problem can make the other one worse. If you
treat only one problem, treatment may not work well. When you treat both
problems, you have a better chance of a full
recovery and less chance of using drugs again.