Substance Use Disorders Among Persons with First-Episode Psychosis (2 CE)
This course is for: Social Workers, Psychologists, Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, and Addiction Counselors
Course By: Helen Hinton, LPCC
Content By: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: First-Episode Psychosis and Co-Occurring Substance Use Disorders. Publication No. PEP19-PL-Guide-3 Rockville, MD: National Mental Health and Substance Use Policy Laboratory. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2019.
Course Description: Typically, individuals present with symptoms that are indicative of serious and persistent mental illness (SPMI) during late adolescence or early adulthood. Break through psychosis, or first-episode psychosis (FEP), is commonly an indicator of an SPMI that is evidenced during this time-period. Symptom management, sans the addition of any co-occurring disorders, is commonly difficult for both patient and practitioner. The addition of co-occurring disorders further serves to complicate the clinical picture. Practitioners routinely struggle when the manifestation of FEP symptoms occurs concomitantly with the presence of Substance Use Disorder (SUD). Researchers note that individuals who present with FEP symptoms evidence greater success rates respective of symptom mitigation when reduction or discontinuation of substance use occurs at, or shortly after, the commencement of FEP. Best practice guidelines concerning the implementation of tx for this demographic are also discussed in this course.
- Identify symptoms that are indicative of psychosis and SUD
- Understand the benefits of employing a comprehensive and integrated tx approach for young adults who experience FEP
- Understand the research findings respective of applicable tx modalities pertaining to SUD for this demographic
- Identify best-practice guidelines for programmatic selection and related implementation for this population
- Read and understand Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: First-Episode Psychosis and Co-Occurring Substance Use Disorders
- Read and review the Course Description and Learning Objectives
- Consider the research findings pertaining to tx modalities for individuals presenting with FEP and SUD symptoms
- Work through the post-test questions; bear in mind that answer selections should be derived from the respective journal article
- Return to the referenced article for any missed questions and/or to review research findings and best practice guidelines