Effects of Alcoholism-Addiction-Drug Abuse
I'm Dr. Robert R. Perkinson, the clinical director of Keystone Treatment Center. I specialize in alcoholism treatment, drug abuse treatment, teen drug abuse treatment, and problem gambling treatment. I have been treating alcoholics and addicts for over 30 years and have written the leading treatment manual for addiction counselors in the world. I thought I would give you an opportunity to learn more about addiction.
Acute Alcoholism Drug Withdrawal
History/Behavioral Observation Red Flags for Adult Alcohol Abuse
- Evidence of current intoxication.
- Prescription drug seeking behavior.
- Frequent falls; unexplained bruises.
- Diabetes, elevated BP, ulcers non-responsive to treatment.
- Frequent hospitalizations.
- Gunshot/knife wound.
- Suicide talk/attempt; depression.
- Pregnancy (screen all).
Laboratory Red Flags for Adult Alcohol/Drug Abuse
- MCV-over 95
- Positive UA for alcohol
History/Behavioral Observation Red Flags for Adolescent Alcohol Abuse
- Physical injuries; MVA, gunshot/knife wound, unexplained or repeated
- Evidence of current use, e.g. dilated/pinpoint pupils, tremors, perspiring,
tachycardia, slurred/rapid speech.
- Persistent cough (cigarette smoking is a risk factor).
- Engages in risky behavior, e.g. unprotected sex.
- Marked fall in academic/extracurricular performance.
- Suicide talk/attempt; depression.
- Sexually transmitted diseases.
- Staphylococcus infection on face, arms, legs.
- Unexplained weight loss.
- Pregnancy (screen all).
Laboratory Red Flags for Adolescent Alcohol/Drug Abuse
- Positive UA for alcohol/illicit drugs
- Hepatitis A-B-C
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