Diagnosis

“You know you’re an alcoholic when you misplace things — like a decade.”

Paul Williams

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.

  • Withdrawal symptoms.

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.

  • Mental Disorder.

  • Primary SUD and Secondary Mental Disorder (Dual Diagnosis).

  • Primary Mental Disorder and Secondary SUD (Dual Diagnosis).


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