Long-term use of alcohol or drugs can lead to addiction, a chronic condition that interferes with everyday activities and the ability to function. People with addictions may not be aware that their behavior is causing problems for themselves and others.
NYU Langone doctors diagnose addiction after performing a physical examination, taking a medical history, and conducting a toxicology screening. Based on the results of this diagnostic evaluation, the person and his or her family decide if they’d like to schedule a consultation with an NYU Langone specialist to discuss treatment.
NYU Langone specialists refer people addicted to alcohol or drugs to a local treatment program. After the person completes treatment, NYU Langone psychiatrists provide counseling to help the person recover.
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