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What categories are used to classify an addiction?

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Dr. Chris Esguerra
Psychiatry
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In brief: Two ways

1) addictions are classified based on the actual addicting substance or behavior (like cocaine, nicotine, gambling, etc).
2) each type of addiction is generally classified as abuse or dependence. Abuse is less severe than dependence.

In brief: Two ways

1) addictions are classified based on the actual addicting substance or behavior (like cocaine, nicotine, gambling, etc).
2) each type of addiction is generally classified as abuse or dependence. Abuse is less severe than dependence.
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