The American Medical Association has a new definition of drug addiction, calling the practice of using illicit substances “a serious health and public safety problem that can lead to substance use disorders and other harmful outcomes.”
The new definition has a number of caveats, but the bottom line is that it’s a pretty straightforward one.
It doesn’t require any medical condition, like addiction or mental illness, to meet the criteria.
The AMA says drug addiction can’t be a mental health condition, a behavioral problem, or an emotional condition.
There’s no such thing as a “socially distancing addiction.”
And it does not require any specific form of addiction.
“The goal of this definition is to provide clear, unambiguous guidelines for clinicians and policy makers to use when evaluating substance use disorder patients,” the AMA says.
“Clinicians should not use the current definition of substance use to assess a person’s substance use history or treatment history.”
The AMA also says that the definition is “not intended to be a substitute for or substitute for the assessment of other relevant, appropriate criteria and medical and behavioral history.”
Here are the guidelines the AMA uses when evaluating people who are struggling with addiction: 1.
The current definition requires that someone meet criteria for substance use problems in order to be considered for treatment, including “anxiety, depression, panic disorder, anxiety, eating disorders, and substance dependence.”
The new AMA definition says that a person must be “seriously addicted to or suffering from a substance or other substance-related problem.”
This means that the person must believe that the problem is the result of substance misuse.
The definition does not say if that belief is based on actual experience, but it does require that the patient have a “feeling that he or she is not capable of coping with a substance use problem.”
The “seeking treatment” requirement is optional.
The standard is that the criteria must be met by the person seeking treatment.
Treatment is possible.
The statement that treatment is possible in the context of addiction does not necessarily mean that the treatment is a viable option.
It can also mean that people who have been using illegal substances have some other treatment options available to them.
The criteria can be changed, and there are some states that have recently expanded their definitions of substance abuse.
In some states, the new definition is being used in an attempt to crack down on the “sham” treatments that have been used in the past.
There are many reasons why the AMA is using the new approach.
For one, the AMA has been vocal in its criticism of drug rehabilitation, saying that the rehab industry has been “overwhelmingly successful at turning patients into compliant addicts and thus reducing the rate of relapse.”
For another, the definition of addiction is often used to dismiss people who may be struggling with substance abuse as addicts, which could result in people being turned away from treatment.
Still, the idea of a standard that would give clinicians the flexibility to decide when it’s time to turn someone away from rehab seems reasonable.
And the AMA said it is not pushing a specific definition for drug addiction.
The organization is merely giving policy makers the opportunity to consider this new definition.