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What's substance or drug misuse?

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Dr. Evan Altman
Psychiatry 20 years experience
Definition: The dsm-iv-tr has very specific criteria for substance abuse or substance dependence. Substance misuse, however, is not well defined but often the term is used when a person is engaging in maladaptive behaviors with regard to a substance that does not meet full criteria for abuse or dependence. Getting help before the problem worsens is key. Aa/na and sponsor and getting treatment for the problem.
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Last updated Sep 4, 2013


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