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Polysubstance Abuse, Part 2

Author: Jassin M. Jouria, MD
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Course Created: 2014

Practice Level: Beginner

No book to buy Duration: 2 hours
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Course Summary

Polysubstance abuse may be diagnosed when a person is dependent on three or more substances over a 12-month period. Unique challenges exist for individuals with polysubstance abuse, which include a higher degree of physical side effects from substances consumed and longer period of time of detoxification. A personalized detoxification treatment plan is needed for individuals diagnosed with polysubstance abuse according to their unique medical, psychiatric, and substance use history. Polysubstance Abuse Part 2 discusses aspects of the physical assessment and comorbid conditions influencing the patient’s initial treatment and ongoing recovery plan.

Course Format

This course contains downloadable online lessons (PDF or Word) and a practice test. When you're ready, purchase the course by clicking the "Add To Cart" button. This will let you take the test, complete the course evaluation and receive your certificate for CE credits.

Course Syllabus

  • Introduction
  • Assessment Of Polysubstance Abuse
  • The Diagnostic Interview
  • Patient And Provider Relationship
  • Comprehensive Health History
  • Polysubstance Abuse Evaluation Factors
  • Mental Illness And Polysubstance Abuse
  • Summary

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the goals of a medical assessment of a patient with signs of polysubstance abuse.
  • Explain the prevalence and patterns of dual diagnosis.
  • Explain mental disorders associated with substance abuse.


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