Co-Occurring Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders
Substance misuse is prevalent in our society and costs the healthcare industry billions of dollars each year. It negatively impacts those struggling with misusing substances in several areas including interpersonal, occupational, and daily functioning. The negative impact is often exacerbated if one is also diagnosed with a co-occurring mental health disorder. While co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders frequently interact with the healthcare system, nurses tend to have limited education and training on treating such individuals. Moreover, negative attitudes exist among nurses and other healthcare providers related to such individuals. These factors have the potential to interfere with patient care. This course will explore many facets of substance use disorders and mental health disorders that commonly co-occur, including posttraumatic stress disorder, mood disorders, and Schizophrenia. Additionally, psychosocial problems associated with co-occurring disorders and treatment recommendations will be discussed.

Course Publication Date: March 18, 2022

This course is available with NO ADDITIONAL FEE if you have an active one year unlimited membership!

Author:Natalie White
Course No:MHSU-0322
Contact Hours:1.00
Delivery Method:Online Self Study
Category:Psychiatric & Mental Health
Learning Objectives
  • Identify co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders and recommended treatment options

  • Recall symptoms of at least three mental health disorders for which there is a high prevalence of co-occurrence with substance use disorders

  • List barriers that exist to receiving recommended treatment for those with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders

  • Identify ways the healthcare system fails individuals with mental health and substance use disorders

  • Recall healthcare provider attitudes toward patients with mental health and substance use disorders


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