Polysubstance Abuse: Part II
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 II discusses aspects of the physical assessment and comorbid conditions influencing the patient’s initial treatment and ongoing recovery plan.
- Assessment Of Polysubstance Abuse
- Communication with the patient and significant others
- The Diagnostic Interview
- Patient And Provider Relationship
V. Comprehensive Health History
- Laboratory tests
- Physical examination
- Polysubstance Abuse Evaluation Factors
- Substances consumed
- Physical effects and organ damage
- Mental Illness And Polysubstance Abuse
- Four patterns of dual diagnosis
- Mental disorders associated with substance abuse
- Patient commitment
- Support system
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