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Results

Symptom Severity:

Clients reported the severity of symptoms both before and after detoxification treatment. Irritability, fatigue, depression, intolerance of stress, reduced attention span, decreased mental acuity, nervousness and impaired memory were the main complaints of these clients. (Table I)

Table 1
Symptoms Prevalent In Drug Users
Self-Reported Symptom Severity

Sympton

All Users

Current Users

Past Users

 

 

 

 

Fatigue

2.5

2.7

2.3

Stress Intolerance

2.3

2.7

2.2

Decreased Mental Acuity

2.3

2.5

2.1

Irritability

2.2

2.8

1.8

Reduced Attention Span

2.1

2.6

2.0

Impaired Memory

2.1

2.3

1.9

Depression

2.0

2.7

1.5

Nervousness

1.8

2.4

1.4

Lethargy

1.7

1.9

1.2

Recreational Drug Use

1.7

3.5

0.6

Sleepiness

1.6

1.8

1.3

Emotional Instability

1.6

2.1

0.9

Alcohol Use

1.6

2.7

0.9

Coffee Use

1.6

1.5

1.5

Headaches

1.5

1.7

1.4

Confusion

1.5

1.8

1.0

Lumbalgia

1.5

1.4

1.4

Tobacco Use

1.4

1.8

1.3

Muscle Aches and Pains

1.3

1.4

1.0

Sleeplessness

1.2

2.0

0.8

The symptom profile for current users is compared to the profile for past users in Figure 1. Though the severity is higher for symptoms in current users, the complaints overlap remarkably in the two groups. This strongly supports the concept that persistent symptoms in the general population are related to past drug use.