The concept of substance use disorders: a commentary on 'Defining substance use disorders: do we really need more than heavy use' by Rehm et al.

Saunders, John B. (2013) The concept of substance use disorders: a commentary on 'Defining substance use disorders: do we really need more than heavy use' by Rehm et al.. Alcohol and Alcoholism, 48 6: 644-645. doi:10.1093/alcalc/agt146


Author Saunders, John B.
Title The concept of substance use disorders: a commentary on 'Defining substance use disorders: do we really need more than heavy use' by Rehm et al.
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The concept of substance use disorders: a commentary on 'Defining substance use disorders: do we really need more than heavy use' by Rehm et al.
Journal name Alcohol and Alcoholism   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0735-0414
1464-3502
Publication date 2013-01-01
Sub-type Editorial
DOI 10.1093/alcalc/agt146
Volume 48
Issue 6
Start page 644
End page 645
Total pages 2
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Oxford University Press
Language eng
Abstract Substance use disorders reflect more than just substance use. At one level they are patterns of behaviour, at another level they are clusters of experiences and physiological features. Substance use disorders are strongly correlated with the level of substance use, but the importance of defining them as disorders is because this determines the need for treatment (including detoxification, agonist maintenance treatment and other pharmacotherapies). The severity of a substance disorder also strongly influences the individual's prognosis. Quantification of substance use is valuable for both clinical and epidemiological purposes, but it should be as precise as possible and notions such as “heavy use over time” are not fit for purpose.
Keyword Alcohol dependence
Dsm-IV
Validity
Q-Index Code CX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Editorial
Collection: Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences -- Publications
 
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