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What is substance dependence?

Howard J. Shaffer, PhD
Addiction Medicine
Substance dependence is a condition characterized by repetitive and often excessive substance use, impaired control over substance use, continued use of substances despite adverse consequences, and withdrawal symptoms that emerge when the substance use is discontinued.

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