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This unit focuses on using the American Psychiatric Association’s DSM-V to distinguish between mild and severe substance abuse disorders. Alcohol Use disorder is used as a model, however, each substance abuse disorder uses the same method of categorizing mild versus severe substance abuse disorders. Discuss the differences between the DSM-V Criteria for alcohol use disorder “Mild” with the presence of 2-3 symptoms versus alcohol use disorder “Severe” with the presence of 6 or more symptoms. (Notice that the assigned codes are different for “Mild” and “Severe” classifications).
Explain the differences between the specifier, “in early remission,” versus the specifier “in sustained remission,” for alcohol use disorder.
Refer to the article from the National Institute on Alcohol abuse and Alcoholism for more information. Source: Alcohol Use Disorder: A Comparison Between DSM–IV and DSM–5: National Institute on Alcohol abuse and Alcoholism.