Substance Use Disorders

  • Catherine E. Paquette
  • Jessica F. Magidson
  • Surabhi Swaminath
  • Stacey B. DaughtersEmail author


In this chapter, we present a framework for the assessment and diagnosis of substance use disorders (SUDs) with an emphasis on integrating a dimensional, multifaceted approach into the traditional categorical system that historically underlies most established diagnostic interviewing tools. Supplementing categorical diagnoses with dimensional tools allows for a more nuanced clinical picture than simply determining whether or not an individual meets criteria for an SUD. A dimensional approach may provide further information on the frequency and degree of use, associated impairment, and comorbid symptomatology. Using such information to supplement an SUD diagnosis can enable a more individualized treatment plan that targets the psychological underpinnings of substance use as well as the consequences of use. This chapter can be used as a clinical tool for the assessment of substance use at multiple stages (screening, diagnostic assessment and dimensional assessment), encompassing a broad scope beyond traditional methods of categorical diagnosis.


Substance use Alcohol Drugs Assessment Interviewing Dimensional approach 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Catherine E. Paquette
    • 1
  • Jessica F. Magidson
    • 2
  • Surabhi Swaminath
    • 1
  • Stacey B. Daughters
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.University of North Carolina at Chapel HillChapel HillUSA
  2. 2.University of Maryland, College ParkCollege ParkUSA

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