Week 9: Substance Use


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Dependence vs Addiction

Dependence usually refers to a physical dependence on a substance, characterized by increases in tolerance with increased use and by withdrawal symptoms when use ceases. While it is possible to have a physical dependence without being addicted, addiction is often right around the corner.

Addiction is marked by a change in behavior caused by the biochemical changes in the brain after continued substance use. Substance use becomes the main priority of the person, regardless of the harm they may cause to themselves or others. An addiction can cause people to act irrationally when they don’t have the substance they are addicted to in their system. 

Addiction as a Disease

This week, we hope you can hear from Michael Boticelli, prior director of the White House Office of National Drug Control (ONDCP) under President Obama and current Executive Director of the Grayken Center for Addiction Medicine at the Boston Medical Center.

 
 

CAGE Questionnaire for Alcohol Use

You will notice that we have an assessment form on REDCap for addiction screening. Several of the questions are based off a quick validated tool called the CAGE questionnaire. Here is a graphic highlighting its key points:

 
 


MORE INFORMATION:

  • Find below more specific information on specific substance use disorders, by topic:

  • Common slang terms for recreational drugs: link

  • Substance use in Massachusetts: link

  • New England Journal of Medicine article on addiction and the brain: link


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