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Chemical Dependency

Chemical Dependence and Substance Abuse

Chemical dependency or chemical addiction refers to any type of chemical substance dependence like prescription drugs, alcohol or other illicit drugs. Some of the most commonly abused chemical substances are:

  • Marijuana
  • Alcohol
  • Stimulants like methamphetamine, amphetamine and cocaine
  • Opiates like morphine, opium, oxycodone, heroin and morphine
  • Hallucinogens like LSD, PCP, mescaline and psilocybin

The problem of chemical addiction is growing at a concerning rate. In a lot of cases, people get addicted to these chemicals after recreational drug use and in other cases the user starts using them as prescribed drugs form a doctor and over long duration of time becomes addicted to them.

Causes and Stages of Dependency

The accurate causes of chemical dependency are largely unknown. However, there are certain factors that can lead an individual into a possible drug or alcohol addiction. Some probable causes for this problem include:

  • Genetic factors – a person with a family member who had suffered from a chemical dependency has higher risk of developing the same problem
  • Stress, family problems and peer pressure
  • Mental disorders like depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia

However, these are just some of the probable causes of chemical dependency. Survey reports show that people with almost no history of above mentioned problems may also suffer from chemical dependency.

Stages of Dependency

Chemical dependency does not develop by just one time use. This problem develops overtime in a series of stages that usually begin with social; or experimental use of the drug. These stages include:

  • Experimentation – The user thinks he is control of his use and occasionally takes it during social activities and with friends
  • Regular use – The user now starts taking the drug regularly whether as a recreation or as a prescription drug
  • Developing tolerance – With increased use the body develops high tolerance and now the user needs to take higher doses of the drug in order to achieve the same high as before
  • Chemical dependency – Now the user loses all control over the drug use and if he stops taking the drug abruptly his body goes under withdrawal

Rehab Options for Chemical Dependency

In case you or a loved one is suffering from a chemical dependency, you need to check into a chemical dependency treatment or rehab centre. These rehab centres are available in both on patient and outpatient options. For a mild addiction an outpatient facility might work but for a severe chemical addiction in patient facility is the best option.

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