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The Difference Between Dependence and Compulsion (and why it’s important)

Addiction is a layman’s term. Often it’s used to describe substance dependence. It’s also sometimes used when referring to compulsive behaviors such as gambling, shopping or sex.

The DSM-IV, the book of diagnostic criteria for all manner of disorders, uses two terms with regard to what you probably think of when you hear the word addiction. Those terms are abuse and dependence.

Let’s use alcohol as an example.

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