October 2023

alcoholism disease

Is Alcoholism a Mental Illness?

Physicians use the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) to diagnose mental illnesses. In 1980, the American Psychiatric Association recognized substance use disorder (SUD) as a primary mental health disorder in the DSM-3. Currently, the DSM-5 refers to alcoholism as Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) or Substance Use Disorder and classifies it as a mental disorder presenting physical and mental symptoms. So is alcoholism a mental illness? Yes.

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Talking about cross addiction

What is Cross Addiction?

Cross addiction and co-occurring disorders may seem like interchangeable terms. However, there are some key differences between the two.
Cross addiction refers to the development of addiction to multiple substances or behaviors. Co-occurring disorders, also known as dual diagnosis, refer to having both a substance use disorder and a mental health disorder simultaneously.

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