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Psychiatric Comorbidities: Diagnosis and Treatment of Comorbid Psychiatric Disorders and Opioid Use Disorders (2023)

Presenter(s): Derek Blevins, MD

Target Audience: This activity is designed for physicians, nurses, social workers, physician assistants, pharmacists, interprofessional, and the healthcare team. This activity is accredited for physicians, nurses, social workers, physician assistants, pharmacists, interprofessional teams, and other health professionals.

Credit Designations Available: AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, AAPA Category 1 CME, Social Work CE Credit, Nursing Contact Hours, Pharmacy CE Credit, Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) Credit

Module Description:

Substance use disorders and psychiatric illnesses frequently co-occur and it is often difficult to differentiate independent from secondary disorders in patients. This results in more challenging treatment planning for patients with comorbid conditions, and poorer prognosis. Treatment outcomes in these patients are often worse, including higher relapse rates, shorter time to relapse of substance use, and more hospitalizations.
This module provides clinicians with tools to screen and diagnose patients with psychiatric illnesses and discusses how to treat common psychiatric comorbidities in patients with co-occurring substance use disorders. Covered topics include the epidemiology of co-occurring psychiatric illness and substance use disorders, comorbidity theories, clinical relevance, and diagnostic and treatment implications. The module utilizes three case vignettes to highlight specific diagnostic and treatment challenges and provides up-to-date treatment recommendations.


Educational Objectives:

  • Recognize that psychiatric illnesses and substance use disorders commonly co-occur
  • Describe how to screen for and identify comorbid psychiatric diagnoses
  • Identify the distinction between independent psychiatric illness and substance-induced disorders
  • Demonstrate comfort in developing treatment plans when comorbidities are identified


Certificate Instructions

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  1. Course Content: Complete the pre-reflection question and view the recorded presentation.

  2. Click Survey and answer the questions to the best of your ability.
    Upon completion of this survey, it will unlock and allow you to proceed to the final course evaluation. 

  3. Click Evaluation to complete the final PCSS course evaluation.

  4. Following your completion of the evaluation, you must select and claim CE or your preferred certificate type on the next page. Once claimed, a download button will appear in your transcript. If you do not see the download button or can not access your certificate, return to the course evaluation, and claim your preferred credit/certificate.

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Availability: On-Demand
Access expires on 07/12/2026
Cost: FREE
Credit Offered:
1.25 CME Credits
1.25 PA-CME Credits
1.25 Other Professionals Credits
1.25 Social Work (ACE) Credits
1.25 Nursing Credits
1.25 Pharmacy Credits
1.25 IPCE Credits
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