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Doctor insights on: Evidence Based Treatment For Chemical Dependency

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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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Chemical Dependency (Definition)

Continued use with psychological or physiological dependence and difficulties in psychosocial, interpersonal, legal, occupational, ...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 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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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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Is there an over-the-counter treatment for alcohol dependence?

Is there an over-the-counter treatment for alcohol dependence?

Treatment: You will be disappointed going to the drug store. You could buy some vitamins and try to stop. Most alcohol dependent people need a structured program, such as aa, or an inpatient treatment program were you can be treated with detox meds. Not all alcoholics need detox meds, all need support, education, vitamins, and do better with a structured program. ...Read more

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Can any doctor prescribe Suboxone for opioid dependence treatment or do you have to go to a special clinic or doctor?

Can any doctor prescribe Suboxone for opioid dependence treatment or do you have to go to a special clinic or doctor?

Find a specialist: According to the fda, doctors must take an 8-hour class on addiction treatment, or already possess such credentials, and then apply for a special dea#. Once they obtain their # they are limited to treating only 30 patients at a time. See http://www.Fda.Gov/drugs/drugsafety/postmarketdrugsafetyinformationforpatientsandproviders/ucm191523.Htm. ...Read more

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Is reiki therapy a good way to reduce my dependence on pain pills?

Is reiki therapy a good way to reduce my dependence on pain pills?

No: Reiki is nonsense. Its mostly helpful in thinning the wallet. It would be much better to see a physician experienced in pain management and medication detox. That stated, there are many scientifically valid non-pharmacologic behavioral strategies. A pain psychologist can help here. ...Read more

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