Substance Use Disorder

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Managing Substance-Related Agitation

Topics: Agitation | Substance Use Disorder | Withdrawal

In emergency departments, psychiatrists are often consulted on patients presenting with agitation. In many cases, these patients are under the influence of substances—either from intoxication or withdrawal. It is important to recognize when a patient is under these effects, as acute management of the agitation will vary drastically depending on which

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Treating Co-Occurring Psychiatric Disorders

Topics: Co-occurring disorders | Diagnosis | Substance Use Disorder

CATR: Why do you think clinicians should pay attention to psychiatric disorders co-occurring with addiction? Dr. Ross: The reason is that they’re very common. For example, about 80% of people with schizophrenia have nicotine use disorder, and 50% have a non-nicotine substance use disorder (SUD) (Miller SC, Fiellin DA, Rosenthal RN, Saitz R, eds. ASAM

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Substance Use Disorders

Topics: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy | Substance Use Disorder

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is one of the most widely used psychotherapies. It was developed in the 1960s by Aaron Beck specifically for the treatment of depression, but its core principles were quickly adapted and applied to a variety of diagnoses. We now have evidence-based CBT interventions not only for depression but also for anxiety, PTSD, b

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Co-Occurring Addiction and PTSD

Topics: Addiction Treatment | Co-occurring disorders | PTSD | Substance Use Disorder | Trauma

CATR: We know PTSD often co-occurs with addiction. What should clinicians pay attention to? Dr. Vojvoda: Individuals who have PTSD have a high risk of developing other disorders, including substance use disorders (SUDs). Studies have shown that both in the veteran and non-veteran populations, these numbers are high. For example, one study of the genera

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