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Mental Health Diagnosis and the Addictive Substance Disorders

Sophia F. Dziegielewski and George Jacinto

in Social Work

ISBN: 9780195389678
Published online June 2011 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780195389678-0116
Mental Health Diagnosis and the Addictive Substance Disorders

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There are many types of addictions, although the purpose of this bibliography is to focus on only addictions related to the use of a substance. Substance use leading to abuse and dependence can have devastating effects on individuals, families, and society. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR) employs diagnostic criteria and qualifiers for the identification and application of substance addictions. The literature includes terms that are often used interchangeably for substance dependence, such as chemical dependence and addiction. This bibliography will use the term substance dependence since it is the term used by the DSM-IV-TR 2000. DSM-5, scheduled for publication in 2013, is expected to change the entire classification system in the area of substance abuse, and dependence and review of the expected changes for DSM-5 would be helpful. Social workers have contributed much to the treatment of substance abuse and substance dependence, because they constitute a large portion of the providers of addiction and mental health services. Therefore, a working knowledge of the diagnostic criteria that constitute clinical significance and how these substances are viewed is essential. Changes in trends, patterns of use, types of substances being introduced, and new terminology in practice and policy as measurements of effectiveness and outcomes continue to fluctuate and adapt to new areas of inquiry and information. Educational curriculum in social work practices is also an area of expansion, with new courses specific to education on substance abuse and dependence to better prepare students who enter and encounter these concerns in respective settings. The reference works cited here highlight understanding and treatment aspects related to the addiction of substances both legal and illegal, using the DSM-IV-TR as the overarching criteria.

Article.  7339 words. 

Subjects: Social Work

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