Drug Abuse and Dependence - When to Call a Doctor
Call 911 or other emergency services right away if you or someone else:
overdosed or has
withdrawal signs. Be sure to tell the emergency
workers that you are or someone else is using or trying to quit using drugs.
Overdose or withdrawal signs may include:
Call your doctor if:
- You think you have a problem with drugs.
- You are having withdrawal symptoms. These may include nausea or vomiting, sweating, shakiness, and anxiety.
Who can treat a drug problem?
who can diagnose, prescribe medicine for, and treat
drug abuse problems include:
Counseling usually is part of treatment. This can be done
Watchful waiting is a
wait-and-see approach. If you get better on your own, you won't need treatment.
If you get worse, you and your doctor will decide what to do next.
Watchful waiting is not a good choice for drug abuse and dependence. If
you have a drug problem, or if you believe that your health or other areas of
your life are being affected by drugs, you need to take steps to stop using