chemical dependence

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a need for something; sometimes used as a synonym for drug dependence.
chemical dependence (drug dependence) see drug dependence.
emotional dependence psychological dependence.
physical dependence (physiological dependence) drug dependence in which the drug is used to prevent withdrawal symptoms or in which it is associated with tolerance, or both.
psychoactive substance dependence drug dependence.
psychological dependence drug dependence in which the drug is used to obtain relief from tension or emotional discomfort; called also emotional dependence.
substance dependence drug dependence.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

chem·i·cal de·pen·dence

(kemi-kăl dĕ-pendĕns)
Psychological or physical reliance on drugs; withdrawal symptoms generally ensue if the agent is not available.
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Patient discussion about chemical dependence

Q. What happens in rehab centers? How do they “cure” alcoholics and drug addicts?

A. REHAB;for alcoholics are the same as rehabs for drugs addicted people--alcohol is a drug,people learn how to deal with ther disease,they learn how to ask for help when they fell like drinking,they learn how to go to meetings everyday,they learn how to stay away from people places and things that remind them of drinking(bars)(friends).rehabs DO NOT CURE YOU they teach you how to cure yourself or stay away from alcohol/drugs---mrfoot56---peace

Q. Why should I feel sorry for a drug addict when it was their choice to start doing drugs in the first place? Why should I feel sorry for a drug addict when it was their choice to start doing drugs in the first place? Should we be so sympathetic to people who are addicted to drugs? What are your thoughts?

A. you cant blame a drug addict..for being a drug addict..but you can blame him for not trying to stop..addiction is a is treated as a disease...alcoholics are the same as any other drug addict--but alot of older people dont look at it that way,because it is legal...there are more alcoholics,than cocaine,herion,crack,meth...all put together...HUMAN the answer to why we have so much drug addiction....ALSO WHY DO PEOPLE ALWAYS BLAME THE USERS...BLAME THE PEOPLE WHO LET THIS STUFF IN THE COUNTRY,BLAME THE ALCOHOL COMPANYS..FOR PUTTING THIS STUFF ON THE MARKET,HERE IS A QUESTION FOR YOU;;;IF THE US GOVERNMENT KNOWS ALCOHOL IS KILLING PEOPLE,AT HOME AND ON THE ROADS,WHY DONT STAY BAN IT LIKE THEY BAN THE OTHER DRUGS?????MONEY IS THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL.....mrfoot56.....peace

Q. are there are acceptable drugs by the health industry for depression which are not addictive but yet effective

A. As toward other drugs, patients may develop addiction to the mood-improving actions of the medications, so potentially every medication that works has the potential to induce addiction (even medications to other non-psychiatric condition that cause good feeling may do that).

However, the current medications used to treat depression are not considered dangerous in this matter.

You may read more here (, and if you have any questions regarding this subject you may consult a doctor (e.g. a psychiatrist)

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While these findings are promising, the scarcity of existing literature implicates the need for further research that investigates the effectiveness of brief integrated treatment for chemical dependence and trauma-related symptoms.
Clinicians can be 98% certain that persons who test positive on the SASSI-3 will meet the criteria for chemical dependence as given in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fourth edition (DSM-IV; American Psychiatric Association, 1994).
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Clinical practice guidelines note that smoking cessation intervention "could be conveniently delivered within the context of chemical dependence clinics," and recommend that persons in substance abuse treatment be provided with such intervention (Fiore, Bailey & Cohen 2000: 100).
His main thesis is that chemical dependence is a chronic, relapsing medical brain disease and that those with this disease should have a variety of treatment options made available to them.
Chemical dependence, sexual indiscretions, delusional thinking, spending sprees, unexplained travel, suicide, and more symptoms can contribute to morbidity.
This often leads them to return to crime as a means of support, or to chemical dependence, often followed by another arrest and even stricter sentencing for a repeat offense.
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Therefore, many counseling students are not taught the philosophy and theories that explain the etiology and maintenance of chemical dependence. Students are also not taught useful skills such as how to (a) screen, assess, and diagnose substance abuse; (b) counsel and educate substance abusers; (c) determine appropriate levels of professional treatment to which to refer substance abusers; and (d) use self-help groups for client support.

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