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Doctor insights on: What Is The Difference Between Chemical Dependency And Substance Abuse

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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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Dr. Vasu Brown
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Substance Abuse (Definition)

Substance abuse refers to a dependence on a harmful or addictive substance, most often drugs or alcohol. The substance is often used to suppress difficult feelings and results in impaired intimate and work relationships. Substance abuse is diagnosed by observing the pattern of use, looking for tolerance, and withdrawal upon halting the use of the substance. Recovery begins with the substance abuser admitting being out of control and ...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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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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Where to find help to deal with substance abuse?

Where to find help to deal with substance abuse?

Substance use help: Info. Can be obtained from your local mental health clinic or the community service boards, or a local mental health professional. ...Read more

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Do older people ever have substance abuse problems?

Do  older people ever have substance abuse problems?

Older people: Substance abuse is found in older people, but many hide it. Alcohol abuse can be a big one, perhaps discovered when the partner who has been "covering" for the active drinker becomes ill or dies. Prescription drug abuse can be a problem also. I imagine as more "baby boomers" grow into "older people, " there will be additional commonly abused substances coming to light. ...Read more

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What can I do to help with my recovery from substance abuse?

What can  I do to help with my recovery from substance abuse?

Look For Support: Fisrt make the decision that you want to stop and realize that you will need support. Find a 12-step program that addresses your particular substance of abuse. Family and friends can be a great source of support. A physical exam by your primary care physician would be a good idea. An evaluation by a psychiatrist or addiction specialist would also prove helpful. Good luck, many do succeed. ...Read more

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Need to know about substance abuse and mental health services?

Need to know about substance abuse and mental health services?

12 step programs: If you are in massachusetts you can come to my office on fridays. You can find help in 12 step programs. http://nami.org/ - national alliance for mentally ill would have resources you can find out about. ...Read more

Chemical Dependency (Definition)

Continued use with psychological or physiological dependence and difficulties in psychosocial, interpersonal, legal, occupational, ...Read more


Dr. Peter Kurzweil
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Drug Problems (Definition)

Drug problems are clinical findings in which a person is withdrawing from a drug or his drug use is interfering with his ability ...Read more