How is drug addiction diagnosed?

Drug addiction is diagnosed in several steps, including:

  • Recognizing a problem and wanting help (often starts with an intervention from friends)
  • Getting an examination from a healthcare professional
  • Beginning a treatment plan that works with the specific type of addiction (in-patient or out-patient)

Unfortunately, many people who suffer from drug misuse don’t go through these steps to seek treatment.

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