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What is the diferences between drug abuse and drug addiction?

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Dr. Adam Front
Clinical Psychology

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Adam Front
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."
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