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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 does a chemical dependency mean?

What does a chemical dependency mean?

Dependency vs addict: The terms "dependency" and "addiction" are often used interchangeably, but this is incorrect. With dependency, the body exhibits a change when the substance is withheld. This could be something as serious as seizures with alcohol withdrawal or a "simple" as blood pressure going up in absences of anti-hypertensive. Addiction is the continued use despite adverse consequences. ...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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What is the definition or description of: chemical dependency?

= w/d + problems : Continued use with psychological or physiological dependence and difficulties in psychosocial, interpersonal, legal, occupational, marital or medical domains. ...Read more

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Whats the difference between recovery plans in chemical dependency treatment?

Whats the difference between recovery plans in chemical dependency treatment?

Short vs long term: 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 day) treatment.  across the state of california, literally hundreds of treatment centers decorate the coastline, each offering a unique twist on a month's worth of holistic treatment for substance abuse. ...Read more

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Whats the difference between long, short term recovery plans in chemical dependency treatment?

Whats the difference between long, short term recovery plans in chemical dependency treatment?

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 make life style changes consistent with sobriety, reestablishing relationships with family and friends, and becoming a contributing member of society again. I would encourage anyone to seek out a 12-step program as a first step in their recovery. ...Read more

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What is the difference between long and short term recovery plans in chemical dependency treatment?

What is the difference between long and short term recovery plans in chemical dependency treatment?

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 day) treatment.  across the United States literally hundreds of treatment centers decorate the coastline, each offering a unique twist on a month's worth of holistic treatment for substance abuse. ...Read more

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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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Could piracetam cause dependency?

Could piracetam cause dependency?

Little data: I have had experience with a grad school population and did not see dependency. I saw little benefit, too. ...Read more

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Polyethylene can cause dependency?

Polyethylene can cause dependency?

PEG: Vaping PEG is not recommended because it breaks down in the body to form toxic compounds. Here are some of the listed side effects: Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); bleeding from the rectum or rectal pain; diarrhea; severe or persistent nausea, bloating, cramping, or stomach pain. ...Read more

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I think I have become dependant on valium, what are the symptoms of dependency and how do I stop taking it?

I think I have become dependant on valium, what are the symptoms of dependency and how do I stop taking it?

Stop w/ supervision: You mention both valium & diazepam--are the same medicine. History of alcohol dependence or withdrawl is an added risk in your history. Red flags are daily use, increasing need--frequency or higher dose, daydreaming about this medicine, being secretive about use, hoarding pills from providers, needing it for sleep or stress. If you wonder if you are dependent you likely are.Seek help. ...Read more

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The exlax box says "dont use longer than 1 week" so if i only use it about twice a week ill be fine and this wont lead to dependency right?

The exlax box says "dont use longer than 1 week" so if i only use it about twice a week ill be fine and this wont lead to dependency right?

Dependency: If one is using a medication when they do not need to use a medication this is addiction, bad for health, and dependency. I can think of no normal situation where a young man needs repeatedly week after week to take a laxative. ...Read more

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How do I stop dependency on others to feel good?

How do I stop dependency on others to feel good?

Love Yourself: Everybody depends on someone sometimes. The more confidence you have in yourself, the less you depend on others, but you should always get some social support from others. Let friends help you to believe in yourself. If others believe in you, you can learn to believe in yourself. Change your self-talk by recognizing the things you do well. Be thankful for your friends and gifts. Meditate. ...Read more

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What pain medications work best and have the least risk of dependency?

What pain medications work best and have the least risk of dependency?

Pain medication: One of the best way to relieve acute pain is to alternate Advil or Motrin with Tylenol. Like all medications they should not be used long term with out consulting a doctor as Advil and Motrin can cause increased bleeding and Tylenol can cause liver damage, but they are not addictive and the combination works better to receive pain and inflammation than many narcotics. ...Read more

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Can Nortriptyline 50mg cause physical dependency?

Can Nortriptyline 50mg cause physical dependency?

Extremely unlikely.: Abrupt discontinuation should always be avoided, however, 50mg is a rather low dose and is unlikely to result in withdrawal symptoms if suddenly stopped. It is still recommended to slowly taper to zero rather that just quit taking it altogether. ...Read more

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What are the long term effects of caffeine dependency?

What are the long term effects of caffeine dependency?

Tolerance: You can reach a point where the caffeine receptors r blocked and it won't affect you at all-- you can drink it and go to sleep--if you stop drinking as much you will experience withdrawal--headaches & sleepiness--caffeine is a stimulant & can cause jitteriness tachycardia & elevated bp. ...Read more

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What are the best ways to stop codeine and alcohol dependency?

What are the best ways to stop codeine and alcohol dependency?

Depends: Speak with your primary care physician, a referral to an addictionologist may be necessary. Consider na and aa as local resources as well. ...Read more

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How long is it okay to take Gabapetin before being concerned about dependency?

How long is it okay to take Gabapetin before being concerned about dependency?

Depends: In general, gabapentin is less likely to be associated with dependency. However, there are a number of reports that have indicated that there is potential for abuse, particularly based on use for either withdrawal from other substances (e.g. alcohol) or other non-FDA approved indications. Please talk to your doctor about these concerns and follow up. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the medical uses for vicodin and is there a physical dependency on it?

I was wondering what are the medical uses for vicodin and is there a physical dependency on it?

Pain Relief: Vicodin is used for pain relief only. If used for a chronic period of time, usually greater than 2-3 months on a regular basis you will develop a physical dependency on that medication. This means if you discontinue this medication, it will result in a withdrawal syndrome that last for up to 2-3 weeks. ...Read more