Harvard Health Books

Almost Addicted

Most people who abuse illegal drugs don’t fit the image of the dysfunctional, hustling addict who can’t fit into normal society. Between the estimated 10 percent of the population who are true addicts and those who don’t use drugs at all falls a group of regular drug users who often don’t realize how much their use is affecting their daily lives.

According to J. Wesley Boyd, MD, PhD, and Eric Metcalf, MPH, they are almost addicted. Whether their drug of choice is legal or illegal, an upper or a hallucinogen, almost addicts’ drug use is negatively impacting their quality of life—but falls short of meeting the diagnostic criteria for substance abuse or dependence.

In this book, readers will find the tools to identify and assess patterns of drug use, evaluate its impact on relationships, work, and personal well-being, and develop strategies for abstaining or cutting back.

Paperback: 280 pages
Publisher: Hazelden (March 27, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1616491019
ISBN-13: 978-1616491017
Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches

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Almost Addicted

Almost Addicted

December 19, 2013

Five Must-Do Things if a Family Member Is Abusing Drugs

Almost Addicted book trailer: Is your drug use a problem?

Do you think your pot smoking is hindering your relationships? Does it feel as if you’re just a tad too dependent on the pills your doctor prescribed for pain? You may not be addicted to these drugs, but it’s possible you are using them in a way that is causing pain and suffering for you and/or your loved ones.

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