A 45-year-old member asked:
Disclaimer

what is the diferences between drug abuse and drug addiction?

1 doctor answer
Dr. Adam Front
27 years experience Clinical Psychology
Abuse vs dependence: Drug abuse is using too much ; having consequences. Dependence, or addiction, involves development of craving ; compulsion, tolerance ; @ times withdrawal. An alcohol abuser drive drunk ; get a dui, but isn't compelled to drink again, nor lose control once starting to drink. An alcoholic may be able to stay sober or have 1 drink @ times, but sometimes can't avoid the first drink ; then can't stop.
Answered on Sep 29, 2016
1
1 comment
Dr. Adam Front
Dr. Adam Front commented
27 years experience Clinical Psychology
Provided original answer
An alcoholic I know who is several years sober put it beautifully: "Sometimes I can have just one drink, but I never know if that will work or not until the second drink."
Oct 11, 2013

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits
$15 per month

Related questions:

A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dariush Saghafi
33 years experience Neurology
Love conquers all?: In real life it does not. I believe both of you will need heavy duty counseling. If you stay with him (and especially at your young age) there is a ... Read More
2
2 comments
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Susan Uhrich
36 years experience Psychiatry
Not sure what your : Question is. There are laws on laws trying to prevent drug addiction, or at least make it harder to obtain illegal drugs.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Susan Arnoult
25 years experience Family Medicine
Talk to your doctor: Talk to the doctor who prescribes the medication and ask for a plan. The plan should involve tapering off the narcotic medication while addressing yo ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Fietsam
35 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Good insight: First, congrats on recognizing one of the biggest problems in the USA. Second, you can not stop it yourself. You need some else to someone else to o ... Read More

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits
$15 per month