1. Increased Tolerance (DSM-IV Criteria #1): Tolerance is defined by either: (1) a need for markedly increased amounts of the substance to achieve intoxication or the desired effect; or (2) a markedly diminished effect with continued use of the same amount of the substance.
2. Withdrawal (DSM-IV Criteria #2): Biopsychosocial withdrawal symptoms consistent with the drugs being used appear when the person attempts to stop using. The symptoms disappear when the same or a closely related drug is taken.
3. Self-Medication Of Withdrawal (DSM-IV Criteria #2): Using alcohol or drugs to make the symptoms of withdrawal (dysphoria, agitation, depression, impaired mental functioning) go away.
4. Loss of Control Over Quantity (DSM-IV Criteria #3): Using alcohol or drugs in larger quantities than intended;
5. Loss of Control Over Duration (DSM-IV Criteria #3): Using alcohol or drugs for longer periods of time than intended.
6. Loss of Control Over Frequency (DSM-IV Criteria #3) Using alcohol or drugs
7. Increased Time Spent Using (DSM-IV Criteria #5): Spending a Great deal of time getting ready to use alcohol or other drugs, using, or recovering from the effects of using.
8. Neglect Of Life Responsibilities (DSM-IV Criteria #6): Failing to meet major life responsibilities because of intoxication, or withdrawal.
9. Neglect Of Life Activities (DSM-IV Criteria #6): Neglecting or given up work, social, or recreational activities because of alcohol or drug use.
10. Alcohol And Drug Relate Problems (DSM-IV Criteria #7): Have You Had Any Physical, Psychological, Or Social Problems That Were Caused By Or Made Worse By Your Alcohol Or Drug Use?
11. Desire To Cut Down (DSM-IV Criteria #4): The desire to control the use of the substance by using smaller amount, using less frequently, or limiting time spent using.
12. Attempts To Cut Down (DSM-IV Criteria #4): Conscious attempts to control the use of the substance by using smaller amount, using less frequently, or limiting time spent using.
13. Continued Use In Spite Of Problems (DSM #7): Have You Ever Continued To Use Alcohol Or Drugs In Spite Of Knowing That They Were Causing Or Making Physical, Psychological, Or Social Problems Worse?