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Managing Common Psychiatric Conditions in Primary Care
SUD 101 Core Curriculum Overview

Curriculum overview:  While healthcare professionals are often on the front lines of treating substance use disorders, most have limited (if any) training in this area. The SUD 101 Core Curriculum was created to provide a foundation of the current research, resources, and support needed to increase healthcare professionals’ competence and confidence in the care of their patients across the continuum of care. This activity, Managing Common Psychiatric Conditions in Primary Care, is part of the 23-module curriculum. Please see below for a summary of module 15 out of 23:
Module 15 Overview
Title: Managing Common Psychiatric Conditions in Primary Care  

John A. Renner, Jr., MD, Boston University School of Medicine 

Module Description: Co-occurring psychiatric conditions are frequently seen in patients with substance use disorders. Clinicians should be alert to the signs and symptoms of common psychiatric disorders and should understand how to distinguish independent psychiatric disorders from substance-induced disorders. Depressive disorders and anxiety disorders, including post-traumatic stress disorder, are the most common co-occurring conditions, though ADHD is often encountered across the range of substance use disorders. Substance use disorder patients with co-occurring psychiatric disorders will respond to most standard psychological and pharmacological treatments for these psychiatric conditions, though clinicians should avoid the use of scheduled medications and must always focus on sobriety as a primary treatment goal. Treatment that integrates addiction and psychiatric care is the most effective. 

Educational Objectives:

  • Identify the most common psychiatric disorders seen in individuals with substance use disorders
  • Discuss the impact of co-occurring psychiatric conditions on the course of substance use disorders
  • Describe procedures for screening individuals with substance use disorders for common psychiatric disorders
  • Explain the management of substance use disorders and co-occurring psychiatric disorders in the primary care setting
Availability: On-Demand
Expires on Jan 12, 2026
Cost: FREE
Credit Offered:
1 CME Credit
1 PA-CME Credit
1 Other Professionals Credit
1 Nursing Credit
1 Pharmacy Credit
1 IPCE Credit
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