DSM 5 Criteria for Substance Use Disorder

You should familiarize yourself with the DSM-5 criteria for Substance Use Disorder. They are nearly identical to a combination of the criteria for the diagnoses in the DSM-IV TR of Substance Abuse and Substance Dependence. Specify Opioid Use Disorder, if it is the drug of abuse.

Review printable fact sheets with the DSM-IV criteria:

Note: A new version of the DSM, DSM-5 was released in May 2013, which did away with the separate diagnoses of substance "dependence" and substance "abuse" and replaced them with a single diagnosis, substance "use disorder" based on nearly the same criteria combined. A minimum of 2-3 criteria is required for a mild substance use disorder diagnosis, while 4-5 is moderate, and 6-7 is severe (APA, 2013). The other major change was to remove the criterion related to legal problems and to add one related to substance craving.



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Description: 
Outlines the criteria for substance abuse and dependence.
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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
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The APA's breakdown on changes to substance-related addictive disorder diagnoses introduced by DSM-5. The document goes over substance use disorder, addictive disorders and briefly states the APA's position on caffeine use disorder.
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APA DSM-5
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