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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

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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What's the difference between recovery plans in chemical dependency treatment?

What's 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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What's the difference between long, short term recovery plans in chemical dependency treatment?

What's 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

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If I relapse, does than mean I have I failed with my recovery from substance abuse?

Start again: No, it is not a failure. Recovery from substance abuse is a moment-to-moment process, as you're choosing each moment whether or not to use. By the nature of the condition, relapses happen and are part of the treatment. You can get back with your recovery group and start again. Many have, and many do. Good luck. ...Read more

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Might there be any nurses out there that work in rehab facilities/ substance abuse areas?

Kristina: Kristina at eagle advancement institute can get you in touch with a physician and or nurse
at 1-248-592-1050. ...Read more

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How good are substance abuse treatments?

Effective treatment: This is all relative to the the program and more importantly the patients willingness to get his/her life back.
A very effective program exists in michigan through the eagle advancement institute called the clarity program. Check it out. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for Substance abuse?

What are the treatments for Substance abuse?

Treatment is: Targeted not only to the substance, but also for the patient’s lifestyle. Treatment for say, a married patient with opiate use disorder who works several jobs will be different from a patient who suffers with alcohol use disorder who has a different lifestyle for example. There are various pharmacological, individual, and group interventions available for substance use disorders. ...Read more

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Do you think substance abuse can be defense mechanism?

Yes, but a poor one: Many if not most people with substance abuse come from dysfunctional families & suffer from anxiety &/or depression. Many are very sensitive souls. They use substances as a way to escape, emotionally numb themselves & self-medicate. Unfortunately, substance abuse not only fails to solve their problems but adds to them.Counseling, appropriate medications/herbs/supplements & meditation will help more. ...Read more

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How does substance abuse affect people mind and bodies?

How does substance abuse affect people mind and bodies?

List is extensive: Depending on the drug, the amount and duration used their is a vast array of effects. Drugs can make you feel great, energetic and self confident. Then again, it can cause depression, shame, guilt, hopelessness, lethargy, psychosis, bad judgement. Seizures, coma, hepatitis brain damage, stroke, death by heart attack, suicide or overdose. Many get addicted and can't stop. Please don't start now, . ...Read more

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Do substance abuse patients usually share any common traits?

Do substance abuse patients usually share any common traits?

Yes: Persons with addictions have unique personalities just like people without, so without out giving specific labels, I would say that people with addictions lack coping skills to deal with feelings and emotions, to regulate them in a healthy way. Vicious cycle, the worse the addiction less able to regulate feelings, less able to regulate feelings need to use more to numb them out. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about drug or substance abuse counselor jobs?

What do you want to: Know about them? In the old days, such jobs were universally held by people who were themselves in recovery and did not necessarily have training or degrees. Now they are mostly certified positions, with licensing requirements that vary state to state, and include people with Master's and Doctoral degrees as well. Pay isn't always great, work is long and hard, but they can be very rewarding. ...Read more

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Describe how addiction differs from substance abuse? Isn't it the same

Describe how addiction differs from substance abuse? Isn't it the same

Dependence: Abuse: periodic heavy use that negatively impacts life (I.e., weekend binge drinker who gets one or more DUIs)., but no physical/psychological dependence. Addiction: person experiences negative life outcomes from use as well as needs the substance to function, and has physical/psychological dependence - goes through withdrawal without substance and is preoccupied with use. ...Read more

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Can I recover from a substance abuse disorder without formal treatment?

Can I recover from a substance abuse disorder without formal treatment?

Substance use: Unlikely, unless it affected your health and you are strong willed. ...Read more

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Can I be a substance abuse counselor if I myself have never abused substances?

Absolutely: Absolutely. You don't have to use or abuse alcohol or drugs to be a substance abuse counselor. Your talent to understand and help people with addiction is what it counts. ...Read more

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Can celexa (citalopram) help at all to break substance abuse problems to pills?

Can celexa (citalopram) help at all to break substance abuse problems to pills?

Celebs: Celexa (citalopram) may help treat depression and indirectly help your substance abuse. Work with a team of doctors psychologists friend aa church spirituality. Etc. Don't be alone. There many ways to help. ...Read more

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Can substance abuse problems affect male fertility? 25yr)using 8yrs. Help please

Can substance abuse problems affect male fertility? 25yr)using 8yrs. Help please

See a drug counselor: It depends on what kind of substances you have used. Marijuana has been linked to decreased libido, impaired ejaculation, low sperm count and abnormal sperm mobility in males. You should discuss your history with a drug and alcohol counselor. Consider enrolling in an inpatient or outpatient program for best results. ...Read more

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How long does it take to become a substance abuse nurse if you haven't started nursing school?

How long does it take to become a substance abuse nurse if you haven't started nursing school?

Depends: Nursing degrees span the educational spectrum. From two year LPN progams to 3 year rn training, to 4 year bsn (bachelors degree), 6 year master's degree programs (msn), to 8 year nurse practitioner programs. These are great fields and have abundant opportunities for success, advancement and being socially redeeming. To do alcohol & drug treatment, you'll need another two years. ...Read more

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What's the best way when afraid to admit you need help with substance abuse addiction that works and helps get you in the right direction?

Asking for help: This is a good start on the internet, however the next step can cause more anxiety but once you do it you will be glad you did. Call someone and make an appoinment for help, be that your doctor, couselor, going to an aa or na meeting, perhaps even contacting a inpatient or out patient rehab. Make that call, you can do it, it does get better with help, and there is lots of help out there. ...Read more

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Can substance abuse treatment programs really work?

Can substance abuse treatment programs really work?

Yes: In my experirnce the right program which encompass not only the addiction problem but also the aftercare have tremendous results. One such program is the clarity program out of farmingtom, mi.
Great, dedicated people with a caring, confidential, and patented approach to get your life back! ...Read more

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Are substance abuse treatment facilities allowed to release information to authorities?

Yes: Yes - if they are subpoenaed and so ordered to release them by a judge. ...Read more

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What can be done for substance abuse as a coping mechanism for depression?

What can be done for substance abuse as a coping mechanism for depression?

Treat the depression: Traditionally if someone had both addiction and depression, we treated the addiction first. However if someone is abusing drugs as an attempt to self medicate, it makes sense to treat what is primary. Getting help for depression may be most helpful. ...Read more

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My doc of one year doesn't know my history of substance abuse. I'd like to change docs and start over. Should I start with a fam doc or a psychiatrist?

Medical Culture: I am on the side of starting with family medicine. There are addiction psychiatrists, but they would only deal with addiction and not the whole person or primary care of your health and history. Most doctors, not all, but many would not be judgmental about substance abuse. In my training in the small towns of idaho and utah there was a lot of addiction and alcoholism. The physicians were great. ...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)

Occur when use of either illicit, prescription or over - the - counter medications negatively ...Read more