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How exactly is addiction considered as a disease?

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Dr. Stuart Wasser
Addiction Medicine
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In brief: See below

There is a clear-cut pattern of identifiable neurological abnormalities that result in a predictable pattern of abnormal behaviors.
It is progressive and can be controlled with medications.

In brief: See below

There is a clear-cut pattern of identifiable neurological abnormalities that result in a predictable pattern of abnormal behaviors.
It is progressive and can be controlled with medications.
Dr. Stuart Wasser
Dr. Stuart Wasser
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Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry

In brief: It's complicated

Addiction is a disease in the sense that abusing addictive substances causes brain changes (specifically - persistent over-stimulation of brain's reward circuit) that then make it progressively harder to stop abusing substances.
Complicated part is - addict in recovery does not look diseased, making it seem all a matter of self-control. However, in throes of addiction, it doesn't work that way.

In brief: It's complicated

Addiction is a disease in the sense that abusing addictive substances causes brain changes (specifically - persistent over-stimulation of brain's reward circuit) that then make it progressively harder to stop abusing substances.
Complicated part is - addict in recovery does not look diseased, making it seem all a matter of self-control. However, in throes of addiction, it doesn't work that way.
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
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