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Abstinencei of Drug or Alcohol relates to recovery from chemical dependence. This means that the person must not use alcohol, drugs, or any mind-altering substance at all. as a rule cigarettes are not included in this definition of sobriety.
Achieving abstinence or total sobriety does not mean that the person has eliminated the addiction. Problems may continue to exist in the way the chemically dependent person deals with life issues. Professional treatment for chemical dependency helps the individual learn to prevent relapse and to understand the nature of the disease.

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