Polysubstance Abuse and Addiction Treatment

What is | Polysubstance?

In the past clinicians have used the term substance abuse to describe a person using a certain chemical
substance which leads to mental, behavioral, and or physiological change and addiction. The term polysubstance abuse and dependence are fairly new terms. It is new since the way drugs are being used today is very different than the way they were used years ago. The variety of different drugs available in the black market today leads to polysubstance addiction. More and more clinicians describe a person using at least three different chemical substances with not one being the predominant one as a polysubstance abuser during the prescribed Polysubstance Abuse and Addiction Treatment method.

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) V  describes this condition as follows: “Polysubstance dependence is reserved for behavior during the same 12-month period in which the person was repeatedly using at least three groups of substances (not including caffeine and nicotine), but no single substances predominant”. We must emphasize that this quote from DSM explains Polysubstance dependence and not abuse. Polysubstance abuse can easily lead to dependence meaning the person will eventually become mentally and physiologically dependent on those substances and it is not a matter of abuse anymore.

Are you or someone you know suffering from polysubstance or drug abuse? If you are or you know someone that suffers from drug or polysubstance abuse, you need to act fast. You need to get
treatment or have an intervention. Please do not be codependent and support their habit by providing them money or shelter so they can get more high. Discuss this with a professional. Always remember that we have to use this disclaimer that this website is for informational purposes. Drug abuse can only lead to dependence where you would be more dependent physically on the substance(s).

What are the signs of polysubstance abuse? This is a very difficult question to answer. We get asked this question many times, is my son a polysubstance abuser? He does not talk to us and he isolates. Is my daughter an addict? She has not eaten anything in the past couple of days. As you can see these signs can stem from family dynamics or arguments, depression, relationship issues and etc. So if you think or have a hunch that someone in your family is using drugs then talk to a professional about the best approach to the situation. Can you note the difference between a polysubstance abuser and regular drug abuser? Who cares, they are both bad but if you really must know with polysubstance abusers they tend to use several drug classifications at the same time. For example, they use Xanax® while they use Meth.

Research conducted in the late ’80s however indicates that about 80 percent of teens in treatment for substance abuse are polysubstance abusers. Please read all of our information in order to get a better grasp of polysubstance and drug addiction its abuse and treatment.

Conclusion: Strong genetic contributions to drug abuse vulnerability are well documented. Chromosomal markers are now identified by allele which then distinguishes drug abusers from control individuals in each of two samples. Reproducible positive chromosomal regions defined by these markers in conjunction with previous results were especially unlikely to have been identified by chance. Drug abuse vulnerability is a complex trait with strong genetic influences documented in numerous family and twin studies.

Basically what this research indicates is that if you have any family members present and past that abuse drugs you are more likely to abuse them too. What is the historical significance of drug abuse in the family ancestry? According to researchers, it is important to understand the genetic bases of drug abuse vulnerability so we can assist efforts to match vulnerable individuals with the prevention and treatment strategies most likely to work for them.

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