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Mental Health and Substance Use: Dual Diagnosis - Bipolar Disorder and Substance Use Treatment

Author: Dana Bartlett, BSN, MSN, MA, CSPI
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CE: 2.5 hours
Rated 4.7 out of 5.0 based on 4508 reviews

Course Summary

Co-occurring bipolar disorder and substance use disorder pose a serious health risk to affected individuals. Patients with dual diagnoses may experience substantial challenges during treatment for their mental illness and recovery from substance use. Early diagnosis and intervention can significantly improve the potential outcomes for patients with a dual diagnosis. The changes made in this area within the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders guide health clinicians managing bipolar disorder complicated by a substance use disorder to lower the health risks throughout the age spectrum.  This is the third in a three part series on this topic.

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Course Syllabus

I.              Introduction
II.           Challenges to Treating a Bipolar Disorder
1.   Developing a Treatment Plan
2.   Important Aspects of Treatment
III.        Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
IV.         Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
V.            Dual Diagnosis Rehabilitation Programs
1.   Detoxification
2.   Group Therapy
3.   Family Therapy
4.   Relapse Following Treatment
VI.         Medication Treatment for Dual Diagnosis
1.   Medication Types to Manage Bipolar Disorder
2.   Medication Types to Manage Substance Use Disorder
VII.       Adherence To Treatment
1.   Abstinence
2.   Manic Episode and Adherence
3.   Depressive Episode and Adherence
4.   A Multi-system Approach
VIII.    Case Study: Dual Diagnosis and Recovery
1.   Discussion
IX.         Summary


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