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Diagnostic criteria for Substance Dependence

These criteria are obsolete.

DSM Criteria
DSM Version
DSM IV - TR
DSM Criteria

A maladaptive pattern of substance use, leading to clinically significant impairment or distress, as manifested by three (or more) of the following, occurring at any time in the same 12-month period: 

(1) tolerance, as defined by either of the following: 

 (a) a need for markedly increased amounts of the substance to achieve Intoxication or desired effect 
 (b) markedly diminished effect with continued use of the same amount of the substance 

(2) Withdrawal, as manifested by either of the following: 

(a) the characteristic withdrawal syndrome for the substance (refer to Criteria A and B of the criteria sets for Withdrawal from the specific substances) 
(b) the same (or a closely related) substance is taken to relieve or avoid withdrawal symptoms

(3) the substance is often taken in larger amounts or over a longer period than was intended 

(4) there is a persistent desire or unsuccessful efforts to cut down or control substance use 

(5) a great deal of time is spent in activities necessary to obtain the substance (e.g., visiting multiple doctors or driving long distances), use the substance (e.g., chain-smoking), or recover from its effects 

(6) important social, occupational, or recreational activities are given up or reduced because of substance use 

(7) the substance use is continued despite knowledge of having a persistent or recurrent physical or psychological problem that is likely to have been caused or exacerbated by the substance (e.g., current cocaine use despite recognition of cocaine-induced depression, or continued drinking despite recognition that an ulcer was made worse by alcohol consumption) 

Specify if: 

With Physiological Dependence: evidence of tolerance or withdrawal (i.e., either Item 1 or 2 is present) 
Without Physiological Dependence: no evidence of tolerance or withdrawal (i.e., neither Item 1 nor 2 is present) 

Course specifiers (see text for definitions): 

Early Full Remission
Early Partial Remission
Sustained Full Remission
Sustained Partial Remission
On Agonist Therapy 
In a Controlled Environment

Reprinted with permission from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, Text Revision. Copyright 2000 American Psychiatric Association

DSM Version
DSM IV
DSM Criteria

A maladaptive pattern of substance use, leading to clinically significant impairment or distress, as manifested by three (or more) of the following, occurring at any time in the same 12-month period: 

(1) tolerance, as defined by either of the following: 

 (a) a need for markedly increased amounts of the substance to achieve Intoxication or desired effect 
 (b) markedly diminished effect with continued use of the same amount of the substance 

(2) Withdrawal, as manifested by either of the following: 

(a) the characteristic withdrawal syndrome for the substance (refer to Criteria A and B of the criteria sets for Withdrawal from the specific substances) 
(b) the same (or a closely related) substance is taken to relieve or avoid withdrawal symptoms

(3) the substance is often taken in larger amounts or over a longer period than was intended 

(4) there is a persistent desire or unsuccessful efforts to cut down or control substance use 

(5) a great deal of time is spent in activities necessary to obtain the substance (e.g., visiting multiple doctors or driving long distances), use the substance (e.g., chain-smoking), or recover from its effects 

(6) important social, occupational, or recreational activities are given up or reduced because of substance use 

(7) the substance use is continued despite knowledge of having a persistent or recurrent physical or psychological problem that is likely to have been caused or exacerbated by the substance (e.g., current cocaine use despite recognition of cocaine-induced depression, or continued drinking despite recognition that an ulcer was made worse by alcohol consumption) 

Specify if: 

With Physiological Dependence: evidence of tolerance or withdrawal (i.e., either Item 1 or 2 is present) 
Without Physiological Dependence: no evidence of tolerance or withdrawal (i.e., neither Item 1 nor 2 is present) 

Course specifiers (see text for definitions): 

Early Full Remission
Early Partial Remission
Sustained Full Remission
Sustained Partial Remission
On Agonist Therapy 
In a Controlled Environment

Reprinted with permission from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition. Copyright 1994 American Psychiatric Association