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Drug Use, Abuse and Dependence (Addiction) In America
Substance Use Disorder (SUD) is a psychiatric term listed under addictive disorders. It is commonly called "addiction." These data were collected under DSM-IV. During 2013, per APA (DSM 5), the definition was tweaked and dropped the terms "abuse" or "dependence." They were replaced by the concept of a single fluid spectrum of harmful use which can range from mild to moderate to severe. The most severe cases are rare but highly publicized. New research has showed that over 70 percent of SUD ended in recovery with no treatment and without relapse.
Alcohol Use Disorders (AUD) are the most common type of SUD.Tobacco is treated separately and is not included in the SUD statistics.
SUD is defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition (DSM 5) from the American Psychiatric Association.