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Module 15: Managing Common Psychiatric Conditions in Patients with Substance Use Disorders
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 medications with an abuse potential and must always focus on sobriety as a primary treatment goal. Treatment that integrates addiction and psychiatric care is the most effective.
Target Audience
Physicians, nurses, and healthcare teams who are treating patients with substance use disorder (SUD).
John A. Renner, Jr., MD | Boston University School of Medicine
Credit Designations Available
Interprofessional Continuing Education credit, AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™, and Nursing Contact Hours.
Core Competencies as a result of participating in this activity
Interpersonal Skills and Communication
Medical Knowledge
Patient Care
Educational Objectives
At the conclusion of this activity participants should be able to:

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
Method of participating in the learning process
In order to receive maximum credit, learners must:

1. Review the materials provided in this module.
2. Earn a minimum cumulative score of 80% on the post-test.
3. Complete an evaluation to assess satisfaction and plans for individual and/or team practice change.
4. Follow instructions at the end of the course regarding how to retrieve a certificate.*

*Credit will not be awarded unless all components of the program are completed. Partial credit will not be awarded.
Availability: On-Demand
Expires on 01/26/2023
Cost: FREE
Credit Offered:
1 CME Credit
1 Other Professionals Credit
1 Nursing Credit
1 IPCE Credit
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Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by grant nos. 6H79TI081968 and 1H79TI083343 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

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