Author | Stanton Peele, JD, PhD


The Meaning of Addiction: DSM-5 Gives the Lie to Addiction as a Chronic Brain Disease

August 25, 2010

Although Charles O’Brien, MD, who heads the substance-related disorders work group, is a vigorous proponent of the notion of addiction as a disease, nothing about the proposed DSM-5 substance-related disorders section supports the idea that the syndrome is best understood as a chronic brain disease.