11 doctors weighed in:
Is there an objective way to diagnose an addiction?
11 doctors weighed in

Dr. Marybeth Lambe
Travel Medicine
7 doctors agree
In brief: These seem objective
1.High tolerance--can imbibe larger and larger amounts 2.
Withdrawal signs if does not have substance 3.Persistent desire & unsuccessful attempts to cut back 3.Many other previously valued activities given up because of use 4. The substance is continued despite the individual knowing it is causing major problems in his/her life 5. Much time spent getting, buying, enjoying substance 6.Secretiveness.

In brief: These seem objective
1.High tolerance--can imbibe larger and larger amounts 2.
Withdrawal signs if does not have substance 3.Persistent desire & unsuccessful attempts to cut back 3.Many other previously valued activities given up because of use 4. The substance is continued despite the individual knowing it is causing major problems in his/her life 5. Much time spent getting, buying, enjoying substance 6.Secretiveness.
Dr. Marybeth Lambe
Dr. Marybeth Lambe
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Dr. Stuart Wasser
Addiction Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: No
It is based on an interpretation of behaviors-there is no objective test.

In brief: No
It is based on an interpretation of behaviors-there is no objective test.
Dr. Stuart Wasser
Dr. Stuart Wasser
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