Monthly Archives: "December, 2015"

Substance Use Disorder

As I have discussed before, DSM 5 was released last year and contains some new concepts. There is no longer a category of Substance Abuse or Substance Dependence. (The term “substance” referring to alcohol, cannabis, opioids – prescribed or illicit – and benzodiazepines to name a few). Now, in its place, DSM 5 combines abuse and dependence into one category known as “Substance Use Disorder.” While both abuse and dependence have unique definable characteristics, my sense was that DSM…

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