Chemical, or drug, dependency is the use of medication or other chemical substances in amounts beyond their therapeutic value which can result in both physical and psychological damage to the user and those around him/her. Substances may be legal or illegal.
Massage can help with anxiety and stress during stages of recovery and rehabilitation as a part of an overall program in conjunction with a team of healthcare providers. Massage should not be administered to a person who is under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Massage may adversely affect the user by increasing or decreasing the effects of the substance and could be life-threatening.