Drug addiction

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What is drug addiction?

Physical dependence on a drug refers to a state resulting from chronic use of a drug that has produced tolerance and where negative physical symptoms of withdrawal result from abrupt discontinuation or dosage reduction.

Common symptoms reported by people with drug addiction

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with drug addiction

You’ve tried
Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
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Treatment name(s)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
12
Tried for
drug addiction (12) Craving drugs (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
10
Tried for
Anxious mood (9) Insomnia (2)
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Treatment name(s)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
10
Tried for
drug addiction (10)
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
10
Tried for
Insomnia (10)
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
9
Tried for
Pain (7) Anxious mood (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
9
Tried for
Anxious mood (9) Depressed mood (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
8
Tried for
drug addiction (6) Anxious mood (1)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
Anxious mood (8)
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Treatment name(s)

(Paxil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
Depressed mood (8) Anxious mood (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
Anxious mood (6) Insomnia (1)

Data from patients with drug addiction, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with drug addiction

You’ve tried
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
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Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for drug addiction (7 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
drug addiction (12) Craving drugs (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (7 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness drug addiction 4 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
Anxious mood (9) Insomnia (2)
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Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for drug addiction (8 evaluations)
Side effects
Aggravation Anxiety and frustration 1 more
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
drug addiction (10)
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (3 evaluations)
Side effects
restless legs syndrome
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
Insomnia (10)
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (5 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness/walking like I'm drunk Drowsiness 3 more
Total evaluations
11
Tried for
Pain (7) Anxious mood (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (10 evaluations)
Side effects
Diarrhea Dizziness and feeling faint
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
Anxious mood (9) Depressed mood (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for drug addiction (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Anxiety and frustration Confusion 1 more
Total evaluations
12
Tried for
drug addiction (6) Anxious mood (1)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Addiction
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
Anxious mood (8)
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Treatment name(s)

(Paxil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Mania increased Sexual dysfunction
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
Depressed mood (8) Anxious mood (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Slowed thinking and comprehension
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
Anxious mood (6) Insomnia (1)
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  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with drug addiction, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has drug addiction on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 9
20s 311
30s 656
40s 571
50s 389
60s 146
70+ 27
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 426
20-29 years 191
30-39 years 90
40-49 years 20
50-59 years 5
60-69 years 2
70+ years 0

Sex

Distribution of sex

69% Female
31% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 858
Not Diagnosed 1,298

These charts show data from drug addiction patients who have completed their condition history
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