Why Changing From Drug Addiction To Substance Use Disorder Is Critical

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By Anne Bagenda

Original Source: monitor.co.ug

Addiction has been described as the continued obsession with using a substance despite its negative consequences on the individual. Most people are not aware that drug and alcohol addiction is now described as ‘substance use disorder’ – people are no longer using the term ‘addict’. This is the appropriate clinical terminology that aligns with the diagnostic criteria used in the Diagnostics and Statistical Manual. This use of patient-centred language where the patient is not blamed for the addiction is encouraged. Substance use disorder is managed as a…click here to continue reading

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