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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 (Definition)

Continued use with psychological or physiological dependence and difficulties in psychosocial, interpersonal, legal, occupational, ...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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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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Please define codeine dependency. How ugh per day means addiction?

Please define codeine dependency. How ugh per day means addiction?

It's not the mg/day: Maladaptive pattern of drug use, leading to clinically significant impairment shown by physical tolerance; withdrawal syndrome; taking larger amounts/over longer period than intended; unsuccessful efforts to cut down on use; spending much time in obtaining drug; giving up important social, work, & other activities to use; continued use despite known harm to health, important parts of life. ...Read more

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What does it mean when a woman has dependence and addiction?

What does it mean when a woman has dependence and addiction?

Probably not good: Dependence, which is not necessarily pathological (diabetics are dependent upon insulin), is when your body has adapted to and become reliant on a certain drug such that discontinuation of that drug will result in physiological withdrawal symptoms (e..G seizures). Addiction is the repeated, pathological, compulsive abuse of a drug on which one is generally dependent despite harmful consequences. ...Read more

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