The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) emphasizes the advantages of an integrated treatment approach for co-occurring disorders. Using the resources for this unit addresses the following:

What is the correlation between substance use and mental health?
Substance use and addiction can contribute to the development of mental illness. Substance use can lead to changes in some of the same brain areas that are disrupted in other mental disorders, such as schizophrenia, anxiety, mood, or impulse-control disorders.
  • Discuss the advantages of integrating treatment compared to treating each disorder separately.
  • What are some of the barriers to implementing an integrated approach and how can they be addressed?
  • What is the most widely used assessment tool for addiction?
    The National Institute on Drug Abuse suggests NIDA as a screening tool for adults to determine if they may be at risk for substance abuse. For adolescents, addiction professionals can utilize the CRAF
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