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Question by DLM: What is the current medical definition of “addiction?” (more)?
Also, does the definition differ from one substance to another, or in the case of gambling or other behaviors, where there is no chemical dependency, is there a separate definition for those as well?

I am just curious about the “umbrella” that the word addiction covers in the medical world, versus common everyday ‘people-talk’ use of the word. The more specifics you can provide, the better.

Best answer:

Answer by John de Witt
You’ll want a DSM-IV for all the definitions you’d ever care to look at.

Know better? Leave your own answer in the comments!

Los Angeles Drug Rehab Center Launches Cutting-Edge Treatment
Southern California's The Lakehouse Recovery Center, located in Westlake Village, announced the integration of cutting-edge chemical dependency recovery services into its acclaimed inpatient drug and alcohol rehab program. The announcement …

Back2Basics Drug and Alcohol Rehab Hosts Discussion Panel at Northern
In addition to life-skill building, the long-term addiction treatment program offers wilderness therapy, traditional therapy and counseling, culinary classes and supports higher learning education. “I feel what makes B2B different from what I expected …
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Los Angeles Drug Rehab Center Launches Cutting-Edge Treatment
Southern California's The Lakehouse Recovery Center, located in Westlake Village, announced the integration of cutting-edge chemical dependency recovery services into its acclaimed inpatient drug and alcohol rehab program. The announcement …
Read more on PR Web (press release)

Company proposes Darryl Strawberry center for drug and alcohol abuse
Plans are in the works for the Darryl Strawberry Recovery Center for drug and alcohol addiction in Overland, according to filings with the state health department. The proposed 44-bed inpatient psychiatric hospital plus 10 group homes on 11 acres near …

Recovery class expands to include kids
An addiction recovery program at Covenant Christian Community Church is offering a second program aimed at children of those battling or in recovery from addictions. Celebrate Recovery started almost five years ago at Covenant Christian, and it …
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UNL's Academic Recovery Program helps students get back on track
Ockenfels came to UNL last fall from the University of Iowa, where she helped to build a successful Academic Recovery Program. She and Watts work together on the program, which is set up to work with students to get them out of academic probation.
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Bay Area Recovery Announce New Houston Detox Programs
HOUSTON, Feb. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Bay Area Recovery has announced new detox programs intended to help people recover from chemical dependency and addiction with a multifaceted approach. The center aims to help patients detox–one of …
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What Philip Seymour Hoffman's Sponsor Could Have Done for Him
As a former heroin and cocaine addict who has covered addiction and recovery for over a quarter century, I'd like to stress that I am writing here as someone with knowledge of the field and not as a member of any program. There are many routes to …
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Some substance abuse treatment facilities specialize in what they provide. They may work only with one type of patient. They may offer services in a specific way such as inpatient. Or they may be associated with a particular religion or philosophical group.

People often think that they need to find a place that works specifically with their problem. If they are dependent on alcohol, they may want a facility that specializes in working with this type of patient. Those with prescription drug problems may search for a place that specifically states it works with these patients. Using a specialized facility is something many patients have success with but most facilities work with a variety of patients. Part of the reason is that chemical dependency shares specific characteristics no matter what substance is used. The second part is that many people need help with more than one issue.

Some people will need the services of inpatient substance abuse treatment facilities. These are the types where people stay for a period of time such as a week or months. There are people who need to be away from their daily lives in order to attain recovery and this can be a suitable option for them. Most people will opt to use outpatient services for a variety of reasons. This tends to cause less disruption overall to normal life. With most people having a job and possibly a partner or family, this type of treatment takes them away only part of the time.

Those who are considering treatment can find services several different ways. It is not uncommon for people to go to their employers EAP, or employee assistance program, to take the first step. Most human resources departments have this system and it is anonymous so people do not have to worry about others learning about their participation. This system helps people to access resources that their insurance carrier will pay for.

Others may turn to some type of facility locator. There are ones that are operated by the US Department of Health and Human Services as well as one that use generic search terms. Many facilities advertise on TV, radio and in various publications. People can contact them to get more information to find out about insurance coverage, time commitment required or other things they want to know more about.

Loved ones and concerned friends who are trying to find services for others need to be aware that this type of “help” usually does not work. Unless a person is ready to commit to treatment, getting them to go is not usually helpful. They will likely stop treatment or will not follow through with what they need to do to recover. Substance abuse treatment facilities are only useful to people who want to use them correctly.

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It is important to understand chemical dependency is viewed as a disease by the American Medical Association (AMA). Chemical dependency has a unique display of signs and/or symptoms that are very much treatable and progressive. Prolonged chemical dependency may lead to fatality if left untreated. With this in mind, it is very important to seek out professional help if you or a loved one is struggling with addiction. Chemical dependency is defined as the obsessive need to use drugs and/or alcohol, regardless of the negative consequences that may arise. Chemical dependency is both physical and emotional and withdrawal symptoms will occur if the substance is abruptly discontinued. However, Ibogaine and/or Ibogaine treatment has been used to successfully reduce withdrawal while eliminating the obsession behind the dependency.

The Characteristics of Chemical Dependency

Chemical dependency is characterized prolonged usage often resulting in:

* The inability to control amounts and/or frequency of usage.
* The development of increased tolerance.
* Withdrawal symptoms upon attempting to stop usage.
* Drug and/or alcohol cravings dominating the users thoughts.
* Drug and/or alcohol use becomes the most important priority.
* Resistance to change, denial, and lying about usage.

Chemical Dependency

Chemical dependency is viewed as a disease and can happen to anyone at any time. Dependency is similar to some other medical problems; however, there are some extreme differences. For example, chemical dependency is chronic meaning it supposedly cannot be cured. Dependency is treatable and can improve over time, but once a person has developed this, it is with them forever. We have found ways to minimize the physical, emotional and social problems that are accompanied by chemical dependency. The most obvious method is to stop abusing drugs and/or alcohol completely. Recovery from substance abuse is crucial because a person who continues to abuse drugs and/or alcohol, will almost certainly suffer from traumatic health problems and sometimes death.

Chemical Dependency Treatment and Recovery

Recovery from chemical dependency is not an easy achievement. This process takes continued commitment, dedication and hard work. Fortunately, there are some very helpful steps to take. The first step is signing up for a chemical dependency treatment program. The most successful treatment available for drug and/or alcohol dependency is referred to as Ibogaine Treatment. Ibogaine is a naturally occurring plant root that is used to eliminate withdrawal symptoms while reducing future cravings. This treatment is something to be thoroughly researched if you or a loved one is in need of help.

Beau Mason is the Program Director of Hacienda La Mision, which is a Mexico based Ibogaine medical center; specializing in addiction treatment of all types. Hacienda La Mision is the world’s leader in Ibogaine treatment and patient care. For more information please visit &