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Chemical Dependency Risk Factors
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I can't stop abusing pres. Drugs. I'd like to see a doc that specializes in chemical dependency, who understands me and give proper meds but i don't know how to find one around here. I feel hopeless?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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