Drug Abuse and Dependence
Exams and Tests
Drug abuse and 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 anxiety, depression, or family conflict. If your partner or a friend suspects a drug problem, he or she may urge you to see your doctor.
Testing to see if you have a drug problem
If you think you or a loved one might have a drug problem, use this short quiz to check for drug use:
Your doctor will ask you questions about your symptoms and past health and will do a Reference physical exam. If your doctor thinks you have a drug problem, he or she may ask about Reference current and past drug use. He or she also may ask if it's okay to give you a test to check for drug use, such as a urine or blood test.
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.
Testing for mental health problems
People who use drugs also may have mental health problems. These include depression, anxiety disorders, or Reference post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) Opens New Window. If your doctor thinks this may be true for you, he or she may do a Reference mental health assessment.
If you use drugs and have a mental health problem, it's called a Reference dual diagnosis. If you treat only one problem, treatment may not work well. When you treat both problems, you have a better chance of a full Reference recovery Opens New Window and less chance of using drugs again.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference January 5, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Peter Monti, PhD - Alcohol and Addiction