“You know you’re an alcoholic when you misplace things — like a decade.”
In order to treat an SUD, it is necessary to know exactly what needs to be treated. The true diagnosis of an SUD is principally based on a clinical assessment by a licensed behavioral health professional. A tool licensed professionals often use is the 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder (DSM-5) — where 11 diagnostic symptoms define if there is a disorder and the severity of it.
Using in larger amounts or for longer than intended.
Wanting to cut down or stop using, but not managing to do it.
Spending a lot of time to get, use or recover from use.
Craving for the substance.
Inability to manage commitments due to use.
Continuing to use, even when it causes problems in relationships.
Giving up important activities because of use.
Continuing to use, even when it puts you in danger.
Continuing to use, even when physical or psychological problems may be made worse by use.
Increasing tolerance to the substance.
Range of severity:
Fewer than 2 symptoms = no disorder.
2 to 3 = mild disorder.
4 to 5 = moderate disorder.
6 or more symptoms = severe disorder.
A professional diagnosis typically comes up as one of the following:
Substance Use Disorder — SUD.
Primary SUD and Secondary Mental Disorder (Dual Diagnosis).
Primary Mental Disorder and Secondary SUD (Dual Diagnosis).
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