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Addiction to Drugs/chewing tobacco addiction


CocoSinLeche wrote at 2012-12-19 05:23:47
Many chewing tobacco brands also contain ethyl alcohol, the same alcohol that is in liquor, beer, wine, etc.  My husband is experiencing similar issues early in his alcohol recovery.  He has taken to hiding chewing tobacco and using it in secret.  The signs of relapse are there.  Perhaps your husband is using a brand that has the ethyl alcohol and that is part of why he is using it so heavily?

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Erin Madigan Stathis, LMHC, NCC


I can answer questions on any subject related to drugl abuse and dependency such as: • Adolescent drug abuse • Effects on the physical and emotional well-being of the person using drugs; • Effects on relationships, family, friends and society; • How to tell if you have a problem with drug use and what to do; • What to do if you suspect a loved one has a problem; • Questions related to treatment, withdrawal and relapse prevention. • Abstinence Only (like 12-step programs) vs. “Harm Reduction” models of treatment • Drug dependency and co-occurring disorders (also known as "dual diagnosis"), which means addiction plus another mental health issue, such as depression or anxiety.


I am a licensed and nationally certified psychotherapist providing treatment for addictions. I counsel adults and adolescents in outpatient clinics and work in a high school one day per week. I also am an adult child of an substance addicted parent. Unfortunately, many of my other family members struggle with addiction, too. Hopefully my experience may be able to reach some of your readers.

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