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Depression or Drug Use?

How do I know whether I am looking at clinical depression or evidence of drug use? I don't want to make false assumptions but I would respond to one differently than the other.  If my son is clinically depressed, my expectations of him being self supporting are different than if he is using heroin ( he claims he no longer is). I just don't want to perpetuate the problem by enabling him to continue use, if that is what it is. How can you know for sure?
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What came first...the chicken or the egg?  Who knows the answer better than the addict himself?  The point is...he is going to have to come to grips with his problem and you are obliged to be patient until he does. J.B.
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Is he always down? or does he get down, then sweaty an agitated, then finds an excuse to "run an errand," then returns home in a completly tranquil, relaxed or even sleepy mood, and suddenly thinks the world isn't such a bad place after all? And then, does the cycle start all over again the next morning? Might be a clue.
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Sorry to interupt but I have another question about L-Tyrosine.I took it again today (remember I am an addict) and feel great. I just feel a sence of well being. This is very good considering I don't feel that way all that often. My question is this. How often can I get away with taking this and are there any sisde effects? I take 3 1000mg tabs....Thanks guys, Chad
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Thanks to all responders. Patrick, you hit the nail on the head. Those "errands" are going to kill me (and him, too.) Thanks, Casey
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4grams 3 times per week(spooks recipedium for natural cures)
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