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Chemical Dependency (Overview)

Continued use with psychological or physiological dependence and difficulties in psychosocial, interpersonal, legal, occupational, marital or medical domains.


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What's substance abuse or chemical dependence?

What's substance abuse or chemical dependence?

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 with methods not condoned by medical professionals. Substance abuse/drug abuse is not limited to mood-altering or psycho-active drugs. Activity is also considered substance abuse when inappropriately used(as in steroids for performance enhancement). ...Read more

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Chemical Dependency (Overview)

Continued use with psychological or physiological dependence and difficulties in psychosocial, interpersonal, legal, occupational, marital or medical domains.


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Is insecticide chemical harmful?

Is insecticide chemical harmful?

Yes : Please don't play with or consume insecticides. If you have done so conttact poison control and/or go to an emergency department. ...Read more

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What's substance dependence vs addiction?

What's substance dependence vs addiction?

Addiction vs.: Dependence. Some drugs have effects on the body that the body becomes used to. This is dependence. If the drug is suddenly withdrawn, the patient will experience a withdrawal syndrome untill the body readjusts. Addiction is an uncontrollable, compulsive need for and use of a substance despite negative consequences (deteriorating health, memory, loss of relationships, legal problems, etc.). ...Read more

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Could nicotine cause intoxication similar to alcohol intoxication?

Could nicotine cause intoxication similar to alcohol intoxication?

Not similar: The amount of nicotine in tobacco is not enough to cause true nicotine intoxication, except when small children are exposed, usually by ingesting it. Nicotine intoxication can be lethal, and actually nicotine-like substances have been used to kill rodents and other pests. Tobacco workers also routinely get it. Alcohol intoxication looks completely different. Seizures, abd. Pain, twitches occur. ...Read more

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Who coined the term substance abuse (ie, alcoholism, legal and illegal drug abuse, etc.)?

Who coined the term substance abuse (ie, alcoholism, legal and illegal drug abuse, etc.)?

Not clear: The term alcoholism was originally coined in 1849 by magnus huss. Untill the 1940s it referred primarily to the physical consequences of long-term heavy drinking. I am not sure about the term substance abuse. ...Read more

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How is narcotic abuse, dependence, withdrawal or intoxication self-diagnosed?

How is narcotic abuse, dependence, withdrawal or intoxication self-diagnosed?

Easy...: If you are taking more than prescribed, then you are abusing. If you can't stop taking the medication, then you are dependent. Dependence is not necessarily a negative thing however, as you may depend on a medication for relief to function normally. ...Read more

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Is physical dependence the same as drug addiction?

Is physical dependence the same as drug addiction?

No: People being treated by prescription can become dependent but not addicted. ...Read more

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How are alcohol abuse and dependence different?

How are alcohol abuse and dependence different?

Drinking : Dependence is usually considered that you will have physical withdrawal symptoms if you stop drinking. Dependence and addiction are synonymous. Abuse is frequent or even occasional excessive drinking which is considered more than five drinks within two hours. ...Read more

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What is the alcohol dependence or drug addiction process?

Habituation: In any physical dependence the body adapts and the withdrawal symptoms are the body responding to the lack of the substance. Because addictions cause changes in neurotransmission they are difficult to treat and require enough time for the body to adjust to being "clean.". ...Read more

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Are chemical lip peels dangerous?

Are chemical lip peels dangerous?

Lip peels: I hope you are with a very qualified deem or plastics doc. No idea why you are doing this so can't offer much advice. ...Read more

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Does abusing perscription narcotics or add medications cause permanent brain damage?

Does abusing perscription narcotics or add medications cause permanent brain damage?

Yes: It depends on the prescription medication, but there are many that can definitely cause brain damage either directly or indirectly (ie. Causing low blood pressure, low glucose, or not enough oxygen to the brain). The mind altering medications that include opiods or their derivatives are particularly bad when abused. This is why many of these are controlled substances. ...Read more

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What type of chemical substance will be produced if respin, diazepam, codeine, hexobarbitone and morphine are mixed?

What type of chemical substance will be produced if respin, diazepam, codeine, hexobarbitone and morphine are mixed?

A scary one: Why would you be planning to mix these substances? Hoping you're not wanting to use them on yourself or sell them to anyone else. Please remember that there is help if you are addicted, suicidal, or both. Your question indicated that you're in nigeria, and unfortunately i don't know what the equivalent of calling "911" is, in your country. ...Read more

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Tolerance of Valium -are CNS depressant qualities of this drug also tolerance forming, or just anxiolytic effect?

Tolerance of Valium -are CNS depressant qualities of this drug also tolerance forming, or just anxiolytic effect?

Valium tolerance: When valium induces tolerance, this includes all its cns-depressant effects. It's similar to alcohol, where someone could appear "sober" despite having a high blood alcohol level. If the blood alcohol level dips from usual, withdrawal symptoms may be experienced. ...Read more

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Can the mental health effects of inhalants affect psychological dependence?

Can the mental health effects of inhalants affect psychological dependence?

What do you mean?: Can you rephrase the question? What mental health effects? What aspect of psychological dependency? Someone will be happy to help. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Will tapentadol cause addiction?

Will tapentadol cause addiction?

Possibly: Tapentadol is a narcotic pain reliever so it has the potential for addiction. however, many people take this class of medication and do not become addicted. If your doctor has suggested or prescribed this medication, discuss your concerns with him/her. ...Read more

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What substances can trigger addictive cravings?

What substances can trigger addictive cravings?

Triggers: The most common is sugar or sweet food or drinks. Marijuana will increase hunger a cravings for many. ...Read more