Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Substance Use Disorders in Couple and Family Therapy

  • Autumn Rae FlorimbioEmail author
  • Caitlin Wolford-Clevenger
  • Gregory L. Stuart
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_434


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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Authors and Affiliations

  • Autumn Rae Florimbio
    • 1
    Email author
  • Caitlin Wolford-Clevenger
    • 1
  • Gregory L. Stuart
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Tennessee-KnoxvilleKnoxvilleUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Farrah Hughes
    • 1
  1. 1.Employee Assistance ProgramMcLeod HealthFlorenceUSA