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Effects of excessive drugs abuse
An_227136 posted:
I have a question about the excessive use of drugs on the brain. My spouse had used drugs for years. He is a Pharmacist and took prescription drugs. Mostly Hydrocodone. He went into recovery and was clean for many many years, then he relapsed and did it again for almost another year. He has recovered again. Medical staff says he is ready to go back to work but no one has ask me. I am the one with him all the time. They said his memory would come back in a year or so, it has been two years, and it is still bad. What are the effects or permanent side effects to excessive abuse of drugs and will he ever get his memory back? We are now in our twilight years of our lives! Thank you for your help.
Betty Ford Center
James Golden, MD responded:
There are many causes for impaired memory. I suggest a full neurocognitive work-up at this time given these circumstances.
An_227137 replied to James Golden, MD's response:
Thank you so much for your time and advice. I will see if I can convince him to do that.

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