Substance Use Disorders in Couple and Family Therapy
Addiction; Chemical dependency; Substance misuse
Substance use disorders (SUDs) refer to the use, misuse, and abuse of substances leading to significant impairment across various domains of functioning. Continued use of substances despite experiencing impaired functioning and negative consequences is a recognized disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5; American Psychiatric Association [APA] 2013). Diagnostic criteria for SUD categorize symptoms into the areas of physiological symptoms, hazardous use, social impairment, and impaired control over use of the substance. SUD applies to different classes of drugs, such as alcohol, tobacco, cannabis, opioids, hallucinogens, stimulants, inhalants, and other drugs (e.g., over-the-counter and prescription medications).
SUDs are associated with a host of negative consequences including physical health problems (e.g., heart disease, infectious diseases), mental health problems (e.g.,...
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