What Is Drug Dependency?

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Drug dependency is an escalated stage of drug use where the user thinks they need the drug to survive, and treatment revolves around changing their thought process. Understand the definition of a drug dependency with information from a licensed mental health counselor in this free video on drug abuse.

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Hello. I'm Doctor David Thomas. I'm a practicing therapist in Tampa, Florida with Whitford Thomas Group. Today I'm going to talk to you about What Is Drug Dependency? When we talk about drug dependency, it certainly want to differentiate it between use, misuse, or abuse of alcohol and drugs. Dependency is a category all itself, and, simply stated, drug dependency is the preference to use alcohol or drug, and where it gets escalated to that you need to use alcohol and drugs. And so when we're talking about dependency, we really differentiate between a want and desire, preference, and a need. Now if we're looking at drug dependency without going into, kind of, the signs and symptoms of drug dependency, let's just talk about dependency in itself. When we're talking about a dependency, whether it be alcohol or drugs, dependency is created by thinking. Thinking drives feelings and behaviors. And so, the behavior of drinking and drugging is also driven by thought. And so when we're looking at and treating alcohol or drug problems, we certainly want to begin to teach people how to change thinking. And when we begin to help people to change thinking, we really want to differentiate thinking that helps them and thinking that doesn't help them. In our....in my type of thinking, we look at the difference between rational thought and irrational thought. And so again, with drug dependency we're talking about not abuse or misuse of alcohol and drugs, but the difference between a preference and a need. And again, thank you. I'm Doctor David Thomas.

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