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)
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Treatment name(s)

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

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
9
Tried for
Insomnia (9)
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Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
Insomnia (7) Drug Addiction (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
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Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
Anxious mood (6) Insomnia (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
Anxious mood (5) Ruminating thoughts (1)
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Treatment name(s)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
6
Tried for
Drug Addiction (6) Craving drugs (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
Depressed mood (4) Anxious mood (3)
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Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
Depressed mood (6) Anxious mood (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
How many evaluations
Tried for
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Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for Drug Addiction (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Aggravation Hospitalization
How many evaluations
4
Tried for
Drug Addiction (12)
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (5 evaluations)
Side effects
Drug Addiction Nightmares 1 more
How many evaluations
7
Tried for
Anxious mood (9) Insomnia (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (4 evaluations)
Side effects
RLS (Restless Legs Syndrome)
How many evaluations
4
Tried for
Insomnia (9)
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Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (8 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Weight gain
How many evaluations
10
Tried for
Insomnia (7) Drug Addiction (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (7 evaluations)
Side effects
Blurry vision Restless feeling in legs 12 more
How many evaluations
10
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Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
How many evaluations
4
Tried for
Anxious mood (6) Insomnia (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Addiction Cognitive confusion 2 more
How many evaluations
2
Tried for
Anxious mood (5) Ruminating thoughts (1)
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Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for Drug Addiction (3 evaluations)
Side effects
How many evaluations
3
Tried for
Drug Addiction (6) Craving drugs (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Agitation with irritability Blurry vision 6 more
How many evaluations
6
Tried for
Depressed mood (4) Anxious mood (3)
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Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
How many evaluations
1
Tried for
Depressed mood (6) Anxious mood (1)

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 6
20s 353
30s 589
40s 489
50s 341
60s 115
70+ 16

Sex

Distribution of sex

68% Female
32% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 374
20-29 years 154
30-39 years 77
40-49 years 17
50-59 years 5
60-69 years 1
70+ years 0

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 771
Not Diagnosed 1,275

These charts show data from Drug Addiction patients who have completed their condition history
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