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Wednesday, June 04, 2014

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Attending an AA or NA meeting is irrelevant unless the phrasing of the question verifies that the persons went out of concerns about their use of substances. Attending an open meeting is a requirement for some courses in social work or psychology.

More to the point of diagnoses is the issue of loss of control when one initiates use. DSM-5 criteria compatible with this construct tend to be found predominately among those with a severe diagnosis. In contrast, criteria such as tolerance and use in circumstances where use is dangerous are found among all the diagnostic criteria and even among those who do not get a diagnosis.

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