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Essence; the material or necessary component of something.

A matter of substance, as distinguished from a matter of form, with respect to pleadings, affidavits, indictments, and other legal instruments, entails the essential sufficiency, validity, or merits of the instrument, as opposed to its method or style.


(Essential nature), noun actuality, basis, body, content, core, drift, essence, essential part, force, gist, heart, hypostasis, idea, import, marrow, material, meaning, pith, principle, purport, reality, res, sense, significance, signification, soul, sum, tenor, vital part


(Material possessions), noun assets, command of money, corpus, estate, fortune, income, means, money, ownership, property, resources, revenue, riches, treasure, wealth, wherewithal
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SUBSTANCE, evidence. That which is essential; it is used in opposition to form.
     2. It is a general rule, that on any issue it is sufficient to prove the substance of the issue. For example, in a case where the defendant pleaded payment of the principal sum and all interest due, and it appeared in evidence that a gross sum was paid, not amounting to the full interest, but accepted by the plaintiff as full payment, the proof was held to be sufficient. 2 Str. 690; 1 Phil. Ev. 161.

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Mr Miller said implementing health responses in prevention, treatment and recovery for those suffering with substance use disorders also required progress.
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Although the DSM-5 considers both mental disorders and substance use disorders as psychiatric conditions (apa, 2013), in practice, there has been a discrepancy in how these disorders are assessed and treated (Hawkins, 2009).
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Most of these studies and our study confirm that co morbidity between substance use disorders and Bipolar affective disorder is common and symptoms of dually diagnosed patients tend to be more severe and refractory to treatment.
This conceptualization became known as the biaxial concept of substance use disorders, with dependence constituting one "axis" or dimension, and consequences constituting the other.
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