The Stages of Addiction in infograph form

As a reminder, I wanted to share the stages of addiction as an “infographic” in hopes that it’s shared and becomes a useful learning tool…

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    1. I only half agree with you: No, Addiction isn’t black and white; however, there is a measurable progression and mechanics of substance use to substance abuse to addiction. The stages are meant to provide a guideline and the continuum is a dynamic process.

      Addiction is a measurable disease, but the substance and culture of the addict does differentiate addiction. So, thank you for calling attention to the process!

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  1. These stages help make sense of the continuum of use toward addiction. As adults who are concerned and care about young-adult users, we often wonder – is this just a phase or is it becoming a problem. By the time you wonder if it’s a problem, it usually is. I always say, trust your parental intuition. My “mom radar” unfortunately never fails. MM

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  2. Great thought process, but I do not agree with your perceived stages. Their is a significant difference between dependence, and addiction, which these stages do not address. Your first two stages outline “acceptable cultural use” , and your last two stages combine dependence and addiction. It seems a model more like the “stages of change” would be more effective and accurate, as well as taking your last two stages and elaborating on them possibly creating four distinct stages.

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