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Important Definitions

  • Alaa Abd-ElsayedEmail author


Using drugs with abuse potential can lead to several problems/disorders including addiction, abuse, misuse, tolerance and more. It is crucial to understand the difference between these disorders to guide diagnosis and management.


Addiction Abuse Misuse Tolerance Dependence Diversion Pseudo-addiction Self-medication Coping Withdrawal Substance use disorders 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AnesthesiologyUniversity of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public HealthMadisonUSA

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