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Substance Dependence

Different treatment programs and residential treatment assess and work with substance dependence in different ways and some residential settings do not intend to work with substance abuse or dependence at all.  

  1. In order to meet the criteria for substance dependence or “significant impairment or distress, as manifested by 3 or more of the following during a 12 month period:

  2. Tolerance or markedly increased amounts of the substance to achieve intoxication or desired effect or markedly diminished effect with continued use of the same amount of substance

  3. Withdrawal symptoms or the use of certain substances to avoid withdrawal symptoms

  4. Use of a substance in larger amounts or over a longer period than was intended

  5. persistent desire or unsuccessful efforts to cut down or control substance use

  6. Involvement in chronic behavior to obtain the substance, use the substance, or recover from its effects

  7. Reduction or abandonment of social, occupational or recreational activities because of substance use

  8. Use of substances even though there is a persistent or recurrent physical or psychological problem that is likely to have been caused or exacerbated by the substance