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Dr. David Garfield Jones
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Drug Dependence (Overview)

A psychological & /or physiologic addiction to a drug (prescription/ illicit or OTC).


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What do people with drug dependence look like?

What do people with drug dependence look like?

Like anyone: People who are drug dependent present in many different ways. They can range from teens to geriatric population, very high to very low functioning. I have treated all types of people who are drug dependent. ...Read more

Dr. David Garfield Jones
45 Doctors shared insights

Drug Dependence (Overview)

A psychological & /or physiologic addiction to a drug (prescription/ illicit or OTC).


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What is a good pain management strategy for slip disc with minimal drug dependence?

What is a good pain management strategy for slip disc with minimal drug dependence?

Integrative care: A herniated disc can cause back pain as well as foot pain by physically pressing on the nerves that travel to the foot and by irritating them through the extrusion of pro-inflammatory disc materials. Physical therapy and other conservative measures, including medication management, are considered first line treatment. If these fail, your physician may recommend epidural steroid injections. ...Read more

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I think im dying of a drug dependence. How do I get free?

Seek support: To get free you must completely surrender to the fact you can't stop by your self. That you do indeed have a terminal disease if left untreated. Seek medical support especially if detox is needed. Try a twelve step meeting and get brutally honest with yourself and others that can help. You sound as though you are at a bottom, but there is a solution and you can be free. Rehab is another option. ...Read more

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Is drug dependence a disease or choice?

Is drug dependence a disease or choice?

Good Question: And controversial. Drug dependence starts as a choice to start and can become a disease because it causes impairment in function (the basic definition of disease which itself is hard to define). However it is debatable whether or not it is a disease. There are many opinions. Here is an interesting article: http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pmc/articles/pmc3047254/
best regards. ...Read more

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What do people with drug dependence look like?

Like anyone: People who are drug dependent present in many different ways. They can range from teens to geriatric population, very high to very low functioning. I have treated all types of people who are drug dependent. ...Read more

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I think im dying of a drug dependence. How do I get free?

Seek support: To get free you must completely surrender to the fact you can't stop by your self. That you do indeed have a terminal disease if left untreated. Seek medical support especially if detox is needed. Try a twelve step meeting and get brutally honest with yourself and others that can help. You sound as though you are at a bottom, but there is a solution and you can be free. Rehab is another option. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Drug dependence?

Drug dependence: A psychological & /or physiologic addiction to a drug (prescription/ illicit or OTC). ...Read more

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What is a good pain management strategy for slip disc with minimal drug dependence?

Integrative care: A herniated disc can cause back pain as well as foot pain by physically pressing on the nerves that travel to the foot and by irritating them through the extrusion of pro-inflammatory disc materials. Physical therapy and other conservative measures, including medication management, are considered first line treatment. If these fail, your physician may recommend epidural steroid injections. ...Read more

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Is there a chicago rehab clinic that can deal with prescription drug dependence, underlying depression?

Is there a chicago rehab clinic that can deal with prescription drug dependence, underlying depression?

Yes--there are many: It is very common for people who struggle with drug dependence to also have depression, anxiety issues or post-traumatic stress disorder. Although chicago has many good rehab clinics, I would recommend you looking at the hazelden program. Hazelden programs are located throughout the country and have helped thousands of men, women & youth learn to live a meaningful life. ...Read more

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What is the alcohol dependence or drug addiction process?

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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How to know if some of us are prone to drug addiction and alcohol dependence?

How to know if some of us are prone to drug addiction and alcohol dependence?

Drug and alcohol: Addictions tend to have a strong hereditary component as well as a learned behavior. If you have grown up in a family that has a tendency to have drug and alcohol problems be cautious and pay attention to your drinking. ...Read more

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Are some of us more prone than others to drug addiction and alcohol dependence?

Prone to drugs?: The same gene makes you prone to both drugs and alcohol. Kids of alcoholic, even if they do not become alcoholic, has the same gene their parents have, and can digest massive amount of booze while their friends can only take a limited amount. Cannot be alcoholic if no posession of genes that allow presence of massive amount of enzymes to digest big quantity of alcohol. Same with drugs! ...Read more

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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 doe Suboxone show up or read as on a urine drug screen? And how long does Suboxone stay in your urine? Overcoming a brief opiate dependence and looking for work.

How doe Suboxone show up or read as on a urine drug screen? And how long does Suboxone stay in your urine? Overcoming a brief opiate dependence and looking for work.

Drug test: You need not worry about your drug test. Before taking the test, indicate that you take suboxone. A prescribed medication.
You can only fail the test if you don't indicate that you are prescribed the medicine before doing the urine screen. ...Read more

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How could irritability (a mental heath effect caused by inhaling nitrite) influence dependence on the drug?

How could irritability (a mental heath effect caused by inhaling nitrite) influence dependence on the drug?

Don't understand?: Most of the time, when a drug producing 'dysphoric' effects - effects not considered pleasant by most people - fewer people abuse that drug. However, many drugs produce irritability, including cocaine and amphetamines, but people still get enough benefit to continue to use them. People use nitrites mainly for sexual enhancement, and are willing to pay the price of some stimulation/irritability. ...Read more

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I have struggled with depression for the last 15 years. I have also developed a dependency on drugs /alcohol. What pills help compulsive disorders?

I have struggled with depression for the last 15 years. I have also developed a dependency on drugs /alcohol. What pills help compulsive disorders?

SSRI Antidepressants: Ssri & snri antidepressants can help with compulsive anxiety. But stopping alcohol or drugs is deeper than taking a pill. You will need a specific recovery program such as aa and/or na, as well as help from an addiction medicine doctor (some are psychiatrists). Also, a well put-together inpatient rehab program can give you a running start; a dual diagnosis one treats your depression as well. ...Read more

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My child takes chloral hydrae for sleep he has cerebral palsy. Is there concerns with this drug for long term use besides dependency affecting organs?

My child takes chloral hydrae for sleep he has cerebral palsy. Is there concerns with this drug for long term use besides dependency affecting organs?

Yes. 25 mg/kg/day: Of Chloral Hydrate given long-term can ^ risk of central sleep apnea from CNS depression, obstructive sleep apnea from respiratory depression, aspiration pneumonia if given on a full stomach, diarrhea & vomiting if not given with a full glass of water, adverse interactions with anti-epileptics like phenobarbital & some other meds, liver & kidney damage, drug dependence, etc. Please see comment. ...Read more

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Drug dependency past surgery for back resulting in taking tramadol. When tramadol stopped. Withdrawal symptoms. Suboxone treatment. Resent hospitalization resulting. Whyin with drawal symptoms again. Have appt with Suboxone doctor. I continue to have wit

Drug dependency past surgery for back resulting in taking tramadol. When tramadol stopped. Withdrawal symptoms. Suboxone treatment. Resent hospitalization resulting. Whyin with drawal symptoms again. Have appt with Suboxone doctor. I continue to have wit

Tramadol! Becareful: Use of tramadol is not recommended in those with history of substance dependency. Many overlook this point. Suboxone is also an opiate and more potent than tramadol. Its best to start low and taper fast when detoxing from tramadol by using suboxone. Every situation is unique and these are generalizations. Support groups and consultation with an addiction specialist is advised. Best of luck. ...Read more