Polysubstance Abuse, Part 1
Author: Jassin M. Jouria, MD
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Jassin M. Jouria, MD
Jassin M. Jouria is a medical doctor, professor of academic medicine, and medical author. He graduated from Ross University School of Medicine and has completed his clinical clerkship training in various teaching hospitals throughout New York, including King’s County Hospital Center and Brookdale Medical Center, among others. Dr. Jouria has served as a test prep tutor and instructor for Kaplan. He has developed several medical courses and curricula for a variety of educational institutions. Dr. Jouria has also served on multiple levels in the academic field including faculty member and Department Chair. Dr. Jouria continues to serves as a Subject Matter Expert for several continuing education organizations covering multiple basic medical sciences.
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Polysubstance abuse can be diagnosed when an individual is found to be dependent on three or more substances or substance groups within a 12-month period. An individual may receive this diagnosis even if they do not meet criteria for dependence on a singular substance. It is important to understand the distinction between polysubstance abuse and single substance abuse, as polysubstance abusers will require different diagnostic and treatment strategies than those who are dependent on a single substance. Nonetheless, there are some similarities between the conditions and treatment approaches; and, polysubstance users may benefit from some of the strategies used to treat single substance users.
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- Polysubstance Abuse Defined
- Common Characteristics Of Polysubstance Use
- Screening For Polysubstance Use
- Addiction Screening Instruments
- Differentiate between substance abuse and polysubstance abuse.
- Discuss recommended screening tools for substance abuse.
- Identify mental health conditions frequently associated with alcohol and drug dependency.