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Drug Abuse versus Drug Dependence

[su_spoiler title=”View Transcripts of this Video” open=”0″ style=”1″]Substance dependence is different from substance abuse in that the criteria that we use to determine whether dependence exists – there are seven of them and you have to have three of those criteria occurring within a 12-month period. The criteria determines whether the addiction is present or not. Abuse is defined as just one of those criteria. Usually, when drug use has caused a problem in somebody’s life and they continue to use the drugs, that’s the real definition of substance abuse. Substance dependence is more extensive and there are more symptoms present and documented.[/su_spoiler]