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Drug Use Disorder

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Drug Use Disorder, also known as substance use disorder, is a chronic disease characterized by compulsive drug seeking, drug use, and continued drug use despite harmful consequences. It is a complex condition that affects physical, psychological, and social aspects of an individual’s life.

Management of Drug Use Disorder:

The management of Drug Use Disorder requires a comprehensive approach that addresses the underlying causes, co-occurring mental health conditions, and social and environmental factors.

  1. Behavioural therapies: Behavioural therapies, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET), and Contingency Management (CM), can help individuals with Drug Use Disorder modify their behaviour, develop coping skills, and maintain sobriety.
  2. Medications: Medications, such as methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone, can help individuals with opioid use disorder manage cravings and withdrawal symptoms, and reduce the risk of overdose. Other medications may be prescribed to manage other substance use disorders, such as nicotine and alcohol.
  3. Supportive services: Supportive services, such as peer support groups, individual and family counselling, and vocational rehabilitation, can help individuals with Drug Use Disorder improve their social and occupational functioning and build a support network.

Treatment options:
The treatment options for Drug Use Disorder vary depending on the individual’s substance of use, severity of the condition, and individual needs.

  1. Inpatient rehabilitation: Inpatient rehabilitation involves staying at a treatment facility for a specified period, typically 30-90 days, to receive intensive behavioural therapy, medication-assisted treatment, and support services.
  2. Outpatient treatment: Outpatient treatment involves receiving treatment while living at home, attending therapy sessions, support groups, and medication-assisted treatment.
  3. Medication-assisted treatment: Medication-assisted treatment involves using medications, such as methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone, to manage cravings, withdrawal symptoms, and reduce the risk of overdose.
  4. Self-help groups: Self-help groups, such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA), provide peer support, encouragement, and guidance in maintaining sobriety.


Drug Use Disorder is a chronic and complex condition that requires a comprehensive approach to management and treatment. With a combination of behavioural therapies, medications, and supportive services, individuals with Drug Use Disorder can overcome their addiction, improve their social and occupational functioning, and lead fulfilling lives. It is important to seek professional help if you suspect that you or someone you know may have a Drug Use Disorder.

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