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Addiction redefined as a chronic brain disease

16th August 2011 7:35 am GMT

Following a four-year process involving more than 80 experts, the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) has adopted a new definition of addiction, having concluded that addiction is a chronic brain disorder and not simply a behavioural problem involving too much alcohol, drugs, gambling or sex.

When people see compulsive and damaging behaviours in friends or family members—or public figures such as celebrities or politicians—they often focus only on the substance use or behaviours as the [...]

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