“…Addiction professionals need to know that there are likely to be three main changes to the definition of addiction:
1. Adding “craving or a strong desire to use” as a criterion.
2. Replacing the separate categories of substance “abuse” and “dependence” with a unified “Substance Use Disorder” rated for severity (Alcohol Use Disorder, say, or Severe Cocaine Use Disorder).
3. Adding Gambling Disorder to the Addictive Disorders, where previously Pathological Gambling was listed as an Impulse Control Disorder.
(This change likely paves the way for other Addictive Disorders in future editions, such as sex addiction and internet addiction.)..”
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