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NCADD Addiction Medicine Update

The NCADD Medical-Scientific Committee is made up of physicians, psychologists and others to provide advice and guidance to the NCADD Board of Directors, staff and National Network of Affiliates on activities related to medicine, health and addiction to alcohol and drugs. The Committee develops NCADD position papers, advisories, and other public statements for approval by the Board which reflect the latest medical and scientific understanding of the disease of alcoholism and drug dependence.

Imagine two stalwart wrestling fans locked in debate. One holds that professional wrestling is a sport. The other argues that it is not a sport but entertainment, a variety of theater. Both fans are thoughtful and persuasive. Notice that their disagreement is not about what wrestlers do inside and outside the ring. Their disagreement is about how to name, or classify, what wrestlers do. Professional wrestling is what it is. Naming and classifying, however, are conceptual, and therefore somewhat arbitrary. This arbitrariness is no revelation. : As Shakespeare’s Juliet said.What's in a name? that which we call a rose. By any other name would smell as sweet But when debates about classification heat up, people often think and act as if the issues are absolute rather than arbitrary, especially if debaters have a personal or professional stake in one point of view. Or just like to debate. Diseases are classifications. They......

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