Addiction Definitions from 6 Leaders in the field have been gathered here for you to compare and contrast.
Addictiondefinition.com highlights "The BioPsychoSocial Perspective" as proposed by Dr. Gabor Mate
After more than a decade of working with the most chronic cases on the lower east side of Vancouver Canada, Dr. Mate no longer asks "Why the substance"; He instead asks "Why the Pain?".
THE BIOPSYCHOSOCIAL PERSPECTIVE
In his eye opening workshop on addiction, DR. Gabor Mate offers a logical, yet provocative perspective. He asserts that addiction is not a choice, not a disease, but a condition that encompasses a person's biology, environment, and the events in a person's life., Watch it now.
THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF ADDICTION MEDICINE SAYS:
"Addiction is a treatable chronic medical; disease involving complex interactions among brain circuits, genetics, the environment, and an individuals life experiences. People with addiction use substances or engage in behaviors that become compulsive and often continue despite harmful consequences."
THE AMERICAN PSYCHIATRIC ASSOC.
STATES THAT ADDICTION IS:
"A complex condition, a brain disease that is manifested by compulsive substance use despite harmful consequence. People with addiction (severe substance use disorder) have an intense focus on using a certain substance(s), such as alcohol or drugs, to the point that it takes over their life."
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