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Cross Addictioni occurs when a person addicted to one drug switches over to using a different often chemically related drug.
A person in solid alcohol recovery, for instance, may go to the dentist and be prescribed some pain medicine along with an antibiotic. He may take this exactly as prescribed thinking nothing of it. He may then, without considering what is happening, begin to increase the dosage and/or frequency of the medication and may even seek a refill although the pain does not warrant a narcotic.
This is usually in an attempt to control their use. The drug of choice changes, but the addiction remains.

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