A 44-year-old white man with a long-standing history of diabetes, chronic pancreatitis, and polysubstance abuse
presented to our emergency room with complaints of fever and jaundice of several days' duration.
trial that did not require abstinence at baseline and included patients who had not undergone detoxification, and those with a history of polysubstance abuse
trial that did not require abstinence at baseline and included patients who had not undergone detoxification, as well as those who had a history of polysubstance abuse
. About half the patients in this trial were still drinking when they started the drug.
We also controlled for the percentage of patients with polysubstance abuse
. Analyses not shown examined as other control variables: the percentage of female patients, the percentage of patients who were referred from the criminal justice system, the percentage of patients who were with dual diagnoses, and the percentage of patients who had problems with alcohol, cocaine, crack, and heroin.
Respondents reported a pattern of polysubstance abuse
(viz., alcohol, crack cocaine, and marijuana) during the month before their last arrest (Mumola, 1999), and most respondents believed they were addicts or alcoholics, or both.
Demographic information was collected regarding client age, ethnicity, education, marital status, drug of choice, polysubstance abuse
, and number of previous substance abuse treatment episodes.
Of the AXIS I primary diagnoses on the initial psychiatric disorder, 10 were polysubstance abuse
, 9 were conduct disorder, and 8 were adjustment disorder.
Past medical history was significant for hepatitis C, polysubstance abuse
, and nicotine dependence.
A 57-year-old man with past medical history significant for hypertension, coronary artery disease, hepatitis B and C, chronic low back pain (LBP), and polysubstance abuse
(alcohol, cocaine, tobacco, and remote intravenous (IV) drug use) presented with diffuse abdominal pain, periodic hematemesis, and melena for two weeks.
Given his presentation and history of polysubstance abuse
, concern for drug abuse through the IV catheter was raised.
For example, a study published in The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse in 2005 found an abstinence rate of 77% at 12 months for individuals with polysubstance abuse
issues who received 40 to 50 EEG biofeedback sessions, compared with a 44% abstinence rate in a control group.
A third reported a history of polysubstance abuse