Module 14: Co-Occurring Problems

Module 14: Introduction

The reading for Module 14 introduces concepts essential for understanding some of the problems that co-occur with substance use, substance misuse, and substance use disorders. These readings also address a few additional final points about our course topic. This online coursebook includes content prepared by the book’s author, as well as several readings from the published literature.

Module 14 Reading Objectives

After engaging with these reading materials and learning resources, you should be able to:

  • Explain the relationships between substance misuse/substance use disorders and several mental health, physical health, behavioral health, and social problems that often co-occur
  • Identify how co-occurring problems interact to affect outcomes
  • Identify ways to become aware of co-occurring problems and to modify intervention strategies to be more responsive
  • Define several key terms related to co-occurring problems in the field of substance use, substance misuse, and substance use disorders.


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