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How are alcoholism and drug addiction different?

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Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 24 years experience
Not a lot different: Clearly different substances can have different effects or intoxicated states or damage the body in different ways. However to get better from any substance problem be it alcohol or Cocaine much of the same treatment in employed, at the end of the day people with substance abuse problems need to learn how to cope with life or they relapse on their drug of choice. Rehabs accept all comers.
Dr. Vasu Brown
Integrative Medicine 34 years experience
Choice of addiction: Addicts have choice of drugs they use for addiction- alcohol or drugs.
Dr. Daniel Cabot
Family Medicine 22 years experience
They are not: The main difference is that alcohol is legal and easier to get. Because it is legal and socially tolerated, alcohol can be abused longer before accumulating the consequences associated with addiction to illegal drugs. There appears to be a link between alcoholism and opioid addiction; one of the drugs used to reduce alcohol cravings blocks opioid receptors.

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A 32-year-old member asked:

What are the differences between alcoholism and drug addiction?

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Dr. Cynthia Rector
Psychiatry 29 years experience
The drug used: Alcoholism is a layman's term which is commonly given to persons addicted to alcohol. The term drug addition is used for any addiction to a drug which is not alcohol. In medical practice, we usually name the specific drug the person is addicted to in our record. The treatments are all similar, except for the detoxification phase were the specific drug makes a significant difference.
A 39-year-old member asked:

So what are your thoughts on alcoholism and drug addiction, are they diseases?

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A 22-year-old member asked:

Can a person be too young to have problems with drug addiction and alcoholism?

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Dr. Vasu Brown
Integrative Medicine 34 years experience
Yes: Yes if they cannot feed themselves like babies and toddlers. Addiction need ability to access the substance and compulsion/cravings that cannot be controlled so starts at the level of middle school and becomes a problem then on.

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