On its surface, the definition of substance abuse seems fairly straightforward: “Overindulgence in or dependence on an addictive substance, especially alcohol or drugs.” When it comes to a self-diagnosis, however, there’s a lot of prevarication. The idea of dependence on a drug, to the point of abuse, is terrifying — because acknowledging the problem means…

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Not all who are chemically dependent are addicts, but many addicts are chemically dependent. The two terms mean very different things, especially when it comes to prescription medication. Individuals who are on long-term opioid therapy for chronic pain or terminal diseases may very well be chemically dependent on the narcotics they’re prescribed, but that doesn’t…

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