Addiction Recovery Resources for the Professional:
Hannah Lloyd, BGS CSAC. Dr. Lewis Weber & Associates 3959 Electric Road SW Suite #348, Roanoke, VA 24018. Telephone: (540) 815-4214, fax (540) 772-9119.
What constitutes a diagnosis of addiction?
According to the AMA and APA, Addiction to Alcohol and Other Drugs is a disease. This has been so since 1956 (AMA), and 1960 (APA). It qualifies as a disease because it meets the following criteria:
Primary: The illness exists in and of itself. (Addiction is secondary only to addiction but may manifest in addition to other illnesses.)
Chronic: Does not go away, fix itself, or spontaneously remit.
Progressive: Worsens over time.
Symptomatic: Can be diagnosed through careful attention to the ways it manifests in a person’s behavior and lifestyle.
Fatal: If left untreated.
Treatable: That is what this service is about.