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Polysubstance Abuse Part I

Polysubstance Abuse Part I

Course author: Jassin M. Jouria, MD
Contact Hours: 3.5
Price: $10.47
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Target audience:
   Advanced Practice Registered Nurses, Registered Nurses,
   Licensed Practical Nurses, and Medical Assistants

Format: Homestudy
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Course Description
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 I discusses standard screening tools to aid in differentiation of polysubstance use from other conditions, diagnosis and an individualized plan of care.

Course Outline
  1. I. Introduction
  2. Polysubstance Abuse Defined
    1. Progression stages
  3. Common Characteristics Of Polysubstance Use
    1. Homelessness
    2. Personality disorders
    3. Psychiatric disorders
  4. Screening For Polysubstance Use
    1. Biological screens
    2. Dimensions of addiction
  5. Addiction Screening Instruments
    1. CAGE and CAGE-AID
    2. Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT)
    3. Michigan Alcoholism Screening Test (MAST)
    4. Short Michigan Alcoholism Test (SMAST)
    5. Drug Abuse Screening Test (DAST)
  6. Summary
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