How are addictions diagnosed?

To diagnose addiction, your provider may refer you to a psychiatrist, psychologist or a drug and alcohol counselor. Your healthcare provider will ask you (and possibly your loved ones) questions about your activities and patterns of substance use. Tell your provider if you’ve tried to stop drinking or doing drugs, and why. Share whether you’ve had physical or psychological withdrawal symptoms whenever you have tried to stop.

Your provider will do a physical exam and may obtain a blood and urine test from you. These tests give your provider information about your overall health. They can also help rule out underlying health conditions.

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