Drug use disorder

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What is drug use disorder?

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 use disorder

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, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people for drug use disorder

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Depression Skills Group Therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
320
Tried for
drug use disorder (7)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
188
Tried for
drug use disorder (4)

Data from patients with drug use disorder, who have ever reported treatments, ordered by their reporting frequency during the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with drug use disorder

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Depression Skills Group Therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for drug use disorder (5 evaluations)
Side effects
circular conversations circular thinking 16 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
drug use disorder (7)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for drug use disorder (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
drug use disorder (4)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with drug use disorder, who have ever reported treatments, ordered by their reporting frequency during the last 5 years.
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Who has drug use disorder on PatientsLikeMe?

  • 3 new patients joined this month
  • 265 say drug use disorder is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 4
20s 187
30s 726
40s 694
50s 462
60s 240
70+ 63
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 449
20-29 years 207
30-39 years 96
40-49 years 21
50-59 years 8
60-69 years 2
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 730
Female 1635

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 948
Not Diagnosed 1297

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