No difference between dependence and addiction?

Alcohol use disorder as defined by a new diagnostic classification was widespread and often untreated in the United States, with a lifetime prevalence of 29.1 percent but only 19.8 percent of adults were ever treated, according to an article published online by JAMA Psychiatry…

The changes in the diagnostic criteria included the elimination of separate abuse and dependence diagnoses, the combination of the criteria into a single alcohol use disorder diagnosis…

No difference between dependence and abuse?  To the medical industry, abuse means addiction.  And there is a difference between dependence and addiction.  For instance, diabetics are dependent on insulin, but not addicted to it.  Pretty soon, most of America will be diagnosed with an alcohol addiction.

Researcher Bridget F. Grant, Ph.D., of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md., and coauthors…

Ah, well, that explains it.  When all you do is look for addiction, then you’re likely to find it everywhere.

2 thoughts on “No difference between dependence and addiction?

  1. I’m a 10th generation alcoholic, but I have broken the cycle! I keep a bottle of bourbon for when I get really depressed, however I am so well controlled by myself that the wife has to make me drink a shot. Usually when I get one of those crying jags, where you just can’t stop! I am fortunate enough to be able to control the alcoholic in me.

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