The terms “drug addiction,” and “drug dependence” have become clichÃ© in the way many of us describe people who engage in the use and misuse of banned substances. But how do we call an individual who’s not in any of those categories, but nonetheless suffer in drug-related behaviors?
In the book Almost Addicted: Is My (or My Loved Oneâ€™s) Drug Use a Problem?, Dr. J. Wesley “Wes” Boyd gives readers a better understanding about what “almost addicted” is all about and why it should be a cause of concern, just like substance addiction or dependence.
Luckily, TestCountry was able to recently Â interview Dr. Boyd who provided us brief details about the term “almost addicted” and his stand on prescription drug abuse. He also offered steps family members or friends can take to help someone who they believe is abusing prescription drugs.
“It is the norm rather than the exception that the individual using and/or abusing drugs thinks that his drug use is not causing any problems whatsoever. Nonetheless, the fact is that even casual drug use can create significant problems for vulnerable individuals….,” Dr. Boyd said.
Dr. Boyd is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, teaching medical ethics and the humanities. He is also a staff psychiatrist at Boston Childrenâ€™s Hospital (BCH) and at Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) . He is the co-founder and co-director of the Human Rights and Asylum Clinic at CHA and works in the Adolescent Substance Abuse Program at BCH.
To read the full text of the interview, visit Exclusive Interview With Dr. J. Wesley Boyd, Author of Almost Addicted: Is My (or my loved oneâ€™s) Drug Use A Problem?