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.

What is it like to have Drug Addiction?

Common symptoms How bad it is What people are taking for it
Bupropion, Citalopram, Sertraline
Alprazolam, Lorazepam, Clonazepam
Quetiapine, Trazodone, Zolpidem
Naps, Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine, Multivitamins
Counseling, Peer Support Group
Aripiprazole, Lorazepam
Peer Support Group, Clonidine, buprenorphine-naloxone
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen, Acetaminophen (Paracetamol)

What do patients take to treat Drug Addiction and its symptoms?

Treatments reported by members Perceived effectiveness Overall rating of side effects # of Evaluations

(Emotions Anonymous, Men's Support Group, Sex Addicts Anonymous, Double Trouble in Recovery: Dual Diagnosis)


(PTSD Recovery Program, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Group Therapy, Process Group, Abraham Low Recovery Method)


These charts show data from Drug Addiction patients’ latest treatment evaluations
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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Who has Drug Addiction on PatientsLikeMe?

  • 2,100 patients have this condition
  • 1 new patients joined this month
  • 75 say Drug Addiction is their primary condition

Age Proportion # of patients
<20 23
20s 412
30s 566
40s 458
50s 280
60s 95
70+ 9


Distribution of females vs. males

68% Females
32% Males
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 341
20-29 years 145
30-39 years 66
40-49 years 14
50-59 years 5
60-69 years 1
70+ years 0

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 726
Not Diagnosed 1,280

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