Diagnosis of Addictions

Authored by: Marc Auriacombe , Fuschia Serre , Cécile Denis , Mélina Fatséas

The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy and Science of Addiction

Print publication date:  June  2018
Online publication date:  June  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138909281
eBook ISBN: 9781315689197
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Both substances and behaviors can be considered to be forms of addictions, understood as an abnormal long-lasting pattern of use or practice that is reinforcing and may be repeated to excess, to the point that it endangers the individual. This excess of use or practice is typically visible to an observer, but, equally, users themselves may also report it as disturbing. The dangerous consequences may sometimes spread from the individual to his environment, making addiction an individual characteristic (a disease or disorder), with environmental and social consequences (public health impact, political and societal implications).

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