Topic: signs and symptoms
The real solution would have been for Prince to have received treatment for his drug problem, which by this time was a far bigger issue than his somatic pain.
They qualify for the diagnosis, but have not yet experienced the sort of problems that are usually required to motivate a serious attempt to abandon drug use.
This isn’t a problem a physician can deal with comfortably in the context of a 12-15 minute office visit.
Perhaps 20% of users will experience withdrawal– evidence of their dependence on the drug– regardless of whether they have other symptoms.
The behaviors of alcoholics and addicts are so predictable because the disease follows a certain progression.
For many, only age and health issues, or an unanticipated dip in that protective tolerance, were enough to finally motivate them to seek help.
It is vital that your teen feels able to talk to you about drugs; if they are using but are afraid of the consequences of telling you it will only lead to more deception.