A seemingly small and barely noticed organizational change in DSM-5 disguises what is really a giant conceptual leap -- one that may eventually cause large and harmful unintended consequences.
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The addict's very existence is a rebuttal to a hard-nosed, individualistic conception of self upon which man Americans have built their hopes. Those of us fighting for enlightened drug policies need to be aware of this reality.
The relentless march to medicalize normality out of existence is opening a new and especially ridiculous front. The DSM-5 suggests providing a new section for "behavioral addictions."
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