Mild SUD is when a patient fits 2 to 3 of the criteria, while moderate is 4 to 5 of the criteria. Severe fits 6 or more. As a result, an addiction is a severe SUD.
If someone has less than 2 symptoms, they may be considered at-risk. This is especially true if they have personal history or family history of SUD.
When to seek help
In many cases, someone with an addiction is not aware that they have one. If you are a friend or family member of someone who may have an addiction, do not despair as there are ways to help.
Acknowledging the problem is the first step, but avoid self-diagnosis. If you are uncomfortable with how a substance or behavior is affecting your life, there is no harm getting a check up. If you suspect that you have an addiction, talk to someone you trust. Seek help from mental health specialists such as a psychiatrist, psychologist, or counselor who have a Master’s degree, or work experience on evaluating individuals with mental health and substance use disorders.
There are many available options for addiction support. If you are unable to physically go to a clinic or office, you can call hotlines or have online consultations. These are often free and completely anonymous. These professionals know how to diagnose addiction and provide support with sincerity.
Is addiction curable?
With medical illnesses like an infection or wound, treatment centers focus on medications and rest. These illnesses have clear signs and symptoms and lab results which makes diagnosis and treatment straightforward.
Unfortunately, addictions are not the same as infections. Addiction is similar to conditions such as diabetes and hypertension in that they are chronic and progressive. We can manage and control these conditions.