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Encyclopedia > Chemical dependency

A chemical dependency is such a strong dependency on a substance that it becomes necessary to have this substance just to function properly; The need of a substance developed from abusing the substance, requiring the substance for survival, like the need for food, or water


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Chemical Dependency (878 words)
With regard to chemical dependency psychotherapy, the role of the psychotherapist in the first phase of recovery is largely limited to support and clarification.
A chemically dependent individual is often not aware or understanding of their emotions and consequently not in control.
This subtest is perhaps the least overt questionnaire of chemical dependency problems and though there have been disagreements in the literature of its utility in the final diagnosis, few individuals discount the fact that it is a helpful part in the diagnostic process.
Chemical Dependency (1001 words)
The term "Chemical Dependency" is often used in conjunction with and at times interchangeably with the terms: chemically dependent, chemical dependence, alcoholism, addiction, substance abuse, substance dependence, drug habit, and drug addiction.
Chemical dependency is characterized by continuous or periodic: impaired control over drinking and/or drug use (prescribed or illegal), preoccupation with the mood-altering chemical, use of the addictive substance despite adverse consequences, and distortions in thinking--most notably denial.
If a chemically dependent individual is "in denial" about their alcoholism and addictions they cannot become engaged in a recovery process.
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