Reflecting the latest content in the DSM–5, The Spectrum of Addiction presents a comprehensive overview of addictive behaviors and habits from early use through risky use, severe-risk use, and addiction. Authors Laura Veach and Regina Moro draw from their experience in both teaching and counseling to provide real-world knowledge and evidence-based practices for working with clients who fall within the spectrum of addiction ranging from experimentation to physical addiction and recovery. With a unique focus on neuroscience, integration of CACREP standards, and extensive coverage of addictions across the lifespan, the book serves as a practical resource for future addiction counselors. The Spectrum of Addiction is part of SAGE’s Counseling and Professional Identity Series. To learn more about each text in the series, please visit

Diagnosis of Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders

Diagnosis of Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of reading this chapter and completing the suggested activities, the learner will

  • identify the specific criteria for diagnosing a substance use disorder (SUD);
  • list the key specifiers for indicating the severity of the SUD;
  • discuss the 10 drug classifications for diagnostic classification;
  • describe at least two models of diagnosing SUD;
  • use the appropriate numeric codes to record a diagnosis; and
  • describe the importance of exploring risky use if diagnostic criteria are not met.


Understanding Diagnosis

Much has been written about diagnosing an individual; the power of a diagnosis can be both beneficial and detrimental. Examples exist of individuals suffering because businesses, such as life insurance companies, have reportedly rejected coverage of individuals with an addiction diagnosis. Thomas ...

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