chapter  5
16 Pages

Difficulties of Diagnosis, Differential Diagnosis and Dual Diagnosis in the Late Adolescent and Young Adult Substance Abuser

The price of unrecognized SUD for the student is continued dysfunction. The price for the counselor, floundering therapy. Even when SUD and other or other probIem(s) co-exist (dual diagnosis), treatment may stilI fail (or remain incomplete) if SUD is not identified and treated. The current principles of SUD diagnosis are outlined here with the purpose of raising the consciousness of counselors, deans, doctors, or other health or administrative personnel to the concern of college student SUD so that casualty among students may be minimized. Brief reference is also made to the problems of being the child of an alcoholic or other substance abusing parent.