ABOUT THIS RESOURCE
In the United States, almost half of all people with substance use disorders also meet criteria for a mental health disorder, and vice versa. Understanding how each disorder impacts the other is imperative to providing effective interventions. In this session, participants will learn about common psychiatric disorders, their symptoms, and treatment, and will analyze how they impact and interact with substance use disorders. Content will explore best practices in supporting people living with co-occurring conditions to promote long term recovery and successful reintegration into their community of choice.
- Identify common psychiatric disorders, prevalent symptoms, and effective treatment interventions
- Identify the 3 major components of effective treatment for substance use disorders
- Explain the relationship between mental health and substance use disorders and how they can impact one another
- Describe risk factors that make a person vulnerable to the development of co-occurring disorders
- Discuss person-centered care and how it works to supports recovery in persons with co-occurring disorders
- Presentation slides
- Highlights & Key Concepts Document
- Whole-Person Care for People Experiencing Homelessness and Opioid Use Disorder Toolkit: Part I, from SAMHSA
- Power of the Language We Use with People We Serve podcast episode from C4 Innovations with Elizabeth Black
- "Nuggets" video from Filmbilder.de illustrating the progression of substance use disorders: view on YouTube here and on the creators' website here
- Infographic on comorbidity
- Felitti VJ, Anda RF, Nordenberg D, Williamson DF, Spitz AM, Edwards V, Koss MP, Marks JS. Relationship of childhood abuse and household dysfunction to many of the leading causes of death in adults. The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study. Am J Prev Med. 1998 May;14(4):245-58. doi: 10.1016/s0749-3797(98)00017-8. PMID: 9635069.
- NIDA. 2018, August 1. Comorbidity: Substance Use Disorders and Other Mental Illnesses DrugFacts. Retrieved from https://nida.nih.gov/publications/drugfacts/comorbidity-substance-use-disorders-other-mental-illnesses on 2022, May 13.
- TIP 42: Substance Use Treatment for Persons With Co-Occurring Disorders. This updated (March 2020) TIP is intended to provide addiction counselors and other providers, supervisors, and administrators with the latest science in the screening, assessment, diagnosis, and management of co-occurring disorders (CODs).
Elizabeth Black, LADC
Elizabeth Black has worked with and on behalf of marginalized populations for more than 15 years. She holds a master's degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and is a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor. Ms. Black serves as subject matter expert, trainer, and technical assistance provider for substance use, mental health, and recovery initiatives. Her areas of interest and expertise include harm reduction, medication-assisted treatment, and health and wellness in recovery.