Substance / Chemical Dependence

Chemical Dependence is defined as abuse of drugs or alcohol that continue even after significant problems related to the use have developed. Some of the various contributors of substance abuse are external stressors, social pressures, genetic predisposition, individual personality characteristics, and mental health problems. Alcohol, Marijuana, prescription medications, opiates, cocaine, and methamphetamine (meth) are among the commonly abused substances.

Although symptoms may vary, a few signs and symptoms are:
  • Dilated pupils
  • Slurred speech
  • Decline in physical appearance
  • Suspicious or paranoid attitude
  • Poor Concentration
  • Depression
  • Irritability or Argumentative
  • Avoidance of family and friends
  • Unwillingness or inability to communicate feelings
  • Frequent arguments with family, friends, and/or co-workers

Substance abuse poses several risks to the dependent individual. Many chemical dependent individuals use drugs at the risk of destroying their family, losing their job, getting arrested, and deteriorating their health. However, substance abuse is treatable if symptoms are recognized and the dependent person looks for help. This condition is usually diagnosed by a physician, psychiatrist, or qualified mental health professional. Available treatment is determined by your physician.

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