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SAMPLE COURSE MATERIAL

Many individuals who develop substance use disorders (SUD) are also diagnosed with mental disorders, and vice versa. Multiple national population surveys have found that about half of those who experience a mental illness during their lives will also experience a substance use disorder and vice versa. Although there are fewer studies on comorbidity among youth, research suggests that adolescents with substance use disorders also have high rates of co-occurring mental illness; over 60 percent of adolescents in community-based substance use disorder treatment programs also meet diagnostic criteria for another mental illness.

Data show high rates of comorbid substance use disorders and anxiety disorders—which include generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Substance use disorders also co-occur at high prevalence with mental disorders, such as depression and bipolar disorder, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), psychotic illness, borderline personality disorder, and antisocial personality disorder. Patients with schizophrenia have higher rates of alcohol, tobacco, and drug use disorders than the general population

SAMPLE POST TEST

1.What percentage of adolescents in community-based substance use disorder treatment programs also meet diagnostic criteria for another mental illness?

  • 25%
  • 40%
  • 50%
  • Over 60%

2. Research indicates percentage of people in SUD treatment for nonmedical use of prescription painkillers have a  diagnoses or symptoms of mental health disorders, particularly depression and anxiety?

  • 23
  • 43
  • 55
  • 60

3. Executive function such as decision making and impulse control are among the last to mature, which enhances vulnerability to drug use and development of a substance use disorder.

  • True
  • False

CE Hours: 4

Instructor: National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Course Description:

This beginning to intermediate 3 CE home study course discusses the common comorbidities with substance use disorders. The course covers topics such as the connection between substance use disorders and mental illness, contributing factors for comorbidity between substance use disorders and mental illness, some approaches to diagnosis, treatment options for comorbid substance use disorders and mental health conditions, and physical comorbidities with substance use disorders. The CE discusses the contributions the connection between substance use disorders and HIV and common barriers to comprehensive treatment for individuals with co-occurring disorders.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion, the participant will be able to:

  • Describe the connection between substance use disorders and mental illness.
  • Discuss why there are comorbidities between substance Use Disorder and mental illness.
  • Describe treatments for comorbid substance use disorder and mental health conditions.
  • Explain the connection between co-occurring substance use disorders and physical comorbidities.
  • Discuss barriers to comprehensive treatment for individual with co-occurring disorders.
Section 1
Section 2
Final Quiz