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what is the difference between chemical dependency and substance abuse

A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
29 years experience Psychiatry
Addiction: Substance abuse is the act of using a drug, both illegal drugs and prescription drugs, for purposes other than their intended use. Chemical dependenc ... Read More
Dr. Vasu Brown
33 years experience Integrative Medicine
Maladaptive pattern: Substance abuse, also known as drug abuse, is a maladaptive patterned use of a substance (drug) in which the user consumes the substance in amounts or ... Read More

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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sheila Calderon
40 years experience Internal Medicine
See a psychiatrist: A psychiatrist can correctly diagnose your mental illness and help you get off the drugs you are addicted to. She can also prescribe the drugs that c ... Read More
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
52 years experience Orthodontics
Serious: Glad you're asking for help. Ask your physician, your local er, your state medical society, for names of doctors that can help you. You can call 1-8 ... Read More
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Dr. Mark Weisberg
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Detoxification: You will need to find a local detoxification center that will have specialized physicians to assist in the weaning process. You can contact a general ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
29 years experience Psychiatry
Try 12-Step Program: Short term goals in substance abuse recovery would include abstinence and creating a good support system to remain sober. Long term goals would be to ... Read More
Dr. Vasu Brown
33 years experience Integrative Medicine
30days vs 1 year: Over and over, clinical studies have proven the greater efficacy of long-term treatment for drug and alcohol dependency versus shorter-term (i.e. 30 d ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
29 years experience Psychiatry
Short and Long Term: Short term goals in substance abuse recovery would include abstinence and creating a good support system to remain sober. Long term goals would be to ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
29 years experience Psychiatry
Try 12-Step Program: Short term goals in substance abuse recovery would include abstinence and creating a good support system to remain sober. Long term goals would be to ... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
38 years experience Pain Management
Valium: No not in the USA - it would constitute a form of discrimination based on your health status. As long as you have the expertise and they like you they ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neetu Ahluwalia
19 years experience Pain Management
Ask: You can ask you physician, friends, family, local na groups, or do a search onliine. There are many resources out there to help you.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
41 years experience Psychiatry
Older people: Substance abuse is found in older people, but many hide it. Alcohol abuse can be a big one, perhaps discovered when the partner who has been "coverin ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Woods
29 years experience Psychiatry
Look For Support: Fisrt make the decision that you want to stop and realize that you will need support. Find a 12-step program that addresses your particular substance ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasu Brown
33 years experience Integrative Medicine
12 step programs: If you are in massachusetts you can come to my office on fridays. You can find help in 12 step programs. http://nami.org/ - national alliance for ment ... Read More

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