Substance use can be seen as a continuum, ranging from: non-use – use – problematic/out of control use – dependence. We are at different places on the continuum at different points in our lives. Some of us have never used Tina and don’t want to. Some of us have tried it and don’t like it. Some of us are able to use it only occasionally. Some of us use problematically, and are out of control, where significant life areas are negatively impacting, and we cannot seem to cut back. These impacts can be job-related, relationship problems, or mental and physical health. Abuse with Tina can easily lead into dependence because of the highly addictive nature of the drug.
Dependence means that we have a hard time functioning without Tina, that using Tina no longer is pleasant so much as a need, and that either using, or not, causes distress. Dependence is a clinical term usually synonymous with addiction. Many users and clinicians view the term dependence as having less stigma than addiction. Stigma, real and perceived, can be a barrier to seeking professional help.
Some of us, especially in the 12-Step disease model of dependence, embrace the identity of “Addict” as a way to remind ourselves of the seriousness of our problem with Tina. Others feel this perspective disempowers us from ever being recovered. Regardless of what we call it, how do we tell if we are?
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