Psychologic Dependence Defined in Terms of Individual and Social Risk
For over forty years a few of the perennial drug dependence activists, some here today, have been playing the “definitions” game. As Halbach has pointed out, some advance appears to have been made in facilitating communication between scientists. Possibly the most significant is the initiation of the dependence concept to replace the nonspecific terms “habituation” and “addiction”. But few of these concepts ever reach the public in assimilable form or permit even the knowledgeable reader to gain perspective about psychoactive drugs and their hazards.
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