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What is Chemical Dependency?

Chemical dependency is a primary disease in which a person becomes addicted to drugs or alcohol.  People with chemical dependency continue to use drugs or alcohol, even knowing that continued use causes damages to their bodies, families, finances, and all other aspects of life. This is not because they want to destroy their lives; most chemically dependent people want to stop using but simply cannot. Their bodies are chemically dependent on the drug to operate. Quitting their addictive substance drives them into withdrawal- the body’s reaction to not having the chemical it is now dependent on. For this reason, the transition from active addiction/chemical dependency to addiction recovery is one of the hardest things to go through. Too many go through it more than once. Finding the best treatment and following a recovery plan is the best way to beat the disease.

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