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My answers to questions on this blog do not constitute medical advice, but are merely meant to create an educational forum for consumers. It is always best to discuss these issues with your health care provider.
Benzodiazepine Dependence
March 6 2011

Benzodiazepine Dependence is the diagnosis used in the DSM-IV to describe the most severe addiction to Sedative-Hypnotics.  Sedative-Hypnotics are prescription medications that work in nearly the same part of the brain as Alcohol.  The drugs include ativan, klonopin, tranxene, valium, xanax and others.  It is defined by having at least three of the following symptoms […]

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Opioid Dependence
March 5 2011

Opioid Dependence is the diagnosis used in the DSM-IV to describe the most severe addiction to Opioids.  Included in the class of opioids are morphine, heroin, opium, methadone and other narcotic pain pills such as oxycontin, oxycodone, percocet, vicodin and lortab.  It is defined by having at least three of the following symptoms in a […]

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Cannabis (Marijuana) Dependence
March 4 2011

Cannabis Dependence is the diagnosis used in the DSM-IV to describe the most severe addiction to Marijuana. It is defined by having at least three of the following symptoms in a one year period:

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Benzodiazepine Dependence
March 3 2011

Benzodiazepine Dependence is the diagnosis used in the DSM-IV to describe the most severe addiction to Benzodiazepines. Benzodiazepines are prescription medications that work in nearly the same part of the brain as Alcohol. This drug class includes Ativan, Klonopin, Valium. Xanax and others. It is defined by having at least three of the following symptoms in a one-year period:

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Amphetamine Dependence
March 2 2011

Amphetamine Dependence is the diagnosis used in the DSM-IV to describe the most severe addiction to Amphetamine. This includes Amphetamine, Methamphetamine, as well as prescription amphetamines such as Ritalin, Concerta or Adderall. It is defined by having at least three of the following symptoms in a one-year period:

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Alcohol Dependence
March 1 2011

Alcohol Dependence is the diagnosis used in the DSM-IV to describe the most severe addiction to Alcohol. It is defined by having at least three of the following symptoms in a one-year period:

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