Alcohol & substance use disorder care

Definition

Alcohol abuse is a pattern of drinking that results in harm to one's health, interpersonal relationships, or ability to work. In the diagnosis manual DSM-5 alcohol abuse is combined with alcohol dependence to create one unified disorder, alcohol use disorder (AUD) that includes a graded clinical severity from moderate to severe with at least 2 criteria to make diagnoses.

Manifestations of alcohol or substance use disorder include failure to fulfill responsibilities at work, school, or home; drinking/using drugs in dangerous situations, including the operation of a motor vehicle; legal concerns associated with alcohol and substance use; and continued use despite problems that are caused or worsened by alcohol or drugs. Abuse can lead to dependence.

Alcohol and substance use clinical practice guidelines

Authorization for treatment of alcohol and substance use disorders

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