Substance Use Assessment

K2 and Marijuana

K2 and Marijuana

Patients and clients bear witness to the dangers and adverse effects of K2. How can we capitalize on the principle of social currency and that of peership, to help our patients and clients, like Raj, who uses K2, a dangerous drug with significant adverse effects? After all, this is in line with the principle of harm reduction.

Two Crucial Facts About K2

Two Crucial Facts About K2

New strategies for substance use assessment will help us master the needed skills, so we can continue to do the best work possible for our patients and clients, helping with relapse prevention, promoting full recovery, paying attention to integrated care, lessening fragmented care, and feeling gratified, as we continue to do this challenging though noble work.

Caring for Individuals with Substance Use Disorder: Addiction and its Comorbidities

Caring for Individuals with Substance Use Disorder: Addiction and its Comorbidities

Physical neglect, emotional neglect, and emotional abuse are often overlooked, yet, are highly correlated with substance use disorders and internalized symptoms like anxiety and depression. Furthermore, the sense of self becomes very unstable, which makes the coping mechanisms rather unhealthy, hence the tendency for traits of personality disorder to be present in this patient population. 

What Causes Addiction?

What Causes Addiction?

Contrary to popular belief, while personal efforts can contribute to one’s attendance to appointments, groups, and to one taking medications as prescribed, addiction or substance use disorders are caused by a combination of bio-psycho-social and cultural factors, and the treatment also requires the same multidimensional approach. As clinicians, it is our role and duty to follow this framework in our assessment, treatment, and approach with our patients and clients, and especially in how we communicate with them and talk about them and about addiction, as a whole.

Steps to Integrate Substance Use Treatment and Mental Health Services

Steps to Integrate Substance Use Treatment and Mental Health Services

Split treatment remains a challenge and has been shown to be detrimental to our patients and clients. This becomes more significant when it involves a patient population with several comorbidities. Patients with both mental health and substance use treatment needs are particularly vulnerable to split treatment, and integrating substance use treatment and mental health services is not only advised but also essential if we are to make meaningful changes.

Making a Difference in the Lives of Individuals with Substance Use Disorder

Making a Difference in the Lives of Individuals with Substance Use Disorder

The first five questions, described in the previous article, help with establishing rapport, with joining in, and with understanding and formulating a plan. Once you have reached this point, it is time to go to the next step that will prepare you to problem solve. This step involves having a clear picture of the magnitude of substance use, including the related consequences; assessing the stage of change for your patient and client; and discovering which barriers need to be overcome. Here are the five additional questions to ask when conducting a strategic substance use assessment, as part of this second phase.

5 Ways to Serve Individuals with Substance Use Disorder

5 Ways to Serve Individuals with Substance Use Disorder

And so, it went, five questions to ask as part of your New Strategies for Substance Use Assessment. Next time you meet with your patient or client.

Patterns of use;

You will be able to say like Maryann and Edward, “Things have been feeling different with Raj…we feel we have been making a difference in his life.” You also will avoid falling into the trap of unknowingly and unintentionally failing to provide the right care for your patients or clients with substance use disorder.

“Addiction”: How to Work with Individuals with Substance Use Disorder

“Addiction”: How to Work with Individuals with Substance Use Disorder

To be able to identify our biases and think of ways to practice in a more integrated way, will enhance our advocacy skills while working with individual with substance use disorder. Also, to help lead our agency towards this effective way of thinking: enhancing communication, enhancing clinical outcomes, halting the cycle of fragmented care, and upholding educated expectations. Lastly, we will stop falling into the trap of unknowingly and unintentionally failing to provide the right care for our patients and clients.

New Strategies to Working with Individuals with Substance Use Disorder: 5 Benefits

New Strategies to Working with Individuals with Substance Use Disorder: 5 Benefits

You may be failing to provide the right care to your patients and clients with substance use disorder. You may also be using your counter transference and biases to their detriment, unknowingly and unintentionally. Learning the new strategies to working with individuals with substance use disorder will help you avoid falling into this trap. It will also help you promote and practice integrated substance use treatment and mental health care; improve your awareness and advocacy skills on behalf of your patients and clients with substance use disorders; and become a passionate educator to help decrease stigma against substance use disorders.

 K2: The 2 Additional Facts all Clinician Needs to Know

 K2: The 2 Additional  Facts all Clinician Needs to Know

New strategies for substance use assessment will help us master the needed skills, so we can continue to do the best work possible for our patients and clients, helping with relapse prevention, promoting full recovery, paying attention to integrated care, lessening fragmented care, and feeling gratified, as we continue to do this challenging though noble work.

K2: Important Facts all Clinicians Need to Know

K2: Important Facts all Clinicians Need to Know

Part of the new strategies for substance use assessment is arming ourselves with knowledge, so we become more effective at asking, assessing, formulating, implementing, and tracking, as part of the therapeutic process. With this in mind, here are two important facts about K2 that all of us need to know.

New Strategies for Substance Use Assessment: Addiction and its comorbidities

New Strategies for Substance Use Assessment: Addiction and its comorbidities

Physical neglect, emotional neglect, and emotional abuse are often overlooked, yet, are highly correlated with substance use disorders and internalized symptoms like anxiety and depression. Furthermore, the sense of self becomes very unstable, which makes the coping mechanisms rather unhealthy, hence the tendency for traits of personality disorder to be present in this patient population. 

New Strategies for Substance Use Assessment: What Causes Addiction?

New Strategies for Substance Use Assessment: What Causes Addiction?

Contrary to popular belief, while personal efforts can contribute to one’s attendance to appointments, groups, and to one taking medications as prescribed, addiction or substance use disorders are caused by a combination of bio-psycho-social and cultural factors, and the treatment also requires the same multidimensional approach. As clinicians, it is our role and duty to follow this framework in our assessment, treatment, and approach with our patients and clients, and especially in how we communicate with them and talk about them and about addiction, as a whole.

Integrating Substance Use Treatment and Mental Health Services: The How To and The 5 Steps

Integrating Substance Use Treatment and Mental Health Services: The How To and The 5 Steps

And so it went. Five steps:

  1. Ask,

  2. Assess,

  3. Formulate,

  4. Implement, and

  5. Track.

 These five steps are simply part of the key strategies to successfully integrating substance use treatment and mental health services.  

5 Additional Questions to Ask: New Strategies for Substance Use Assessment

5 Additional Questions to Ask: New Strategies for Substance Use Assessment

The first five questions, described in the previous article, help with establishing rapport, with joining in, and with understanding and formulating a plan. Once you have reached this point, it is time to go to the next step that will prepare you to problem solve. This step involves having a clear picture of the magnitude of substance use, including the related consequences; assessing the stage of change for your patient and client; and discovering which barriers need to be overcome. Here are the five additional questions to ask when conducting a strategic substance use assessment, as part of this second phase.

New Strategies for Substance Use Assessment: 5 Questions to Ask

New Strategies for Substance Use Assessment: 5 Questions to Ask

And so, it went, five questions to ask as part of your New Strategies for Substance Use Assessment. Next time you meet with your patient or client.

Patterns of use;

You will be able to say like Maryann and Edward, “Things have been feeling different with Raj…we feel we have been making a difference in his life.” You also will avoid falling into the trap of unknowingly and unintentionally failing to provide the right care for your patients or clients with substance use disorder.

5 Additional Reasons Why of New Strategies for Substance Use Assessment

5 Additional Reasons Why of New Strategies for Substance Use Assessment

As Maryann continued to meet with Rodis, she learned five additional reasons for the new strategies related to completing a comprehensive and effective substance use assessment, outlined as:

(1) To enhance communication;

(2) To enhance clinical outcomes;

(3) To decrease waste in healthcare;

(4) To halt the cycle of fragmented care; and

(5) Educated expectations.

New Strategies for Substance Use Assessment: 5 Reasons Why

New Strategies for Substance Use Assessment: 5 Reasons Why

Substance Use Disorder is a chronic condition that requires long-term treatment, and any progress made often waxes and wanes. Like Maryann, you may similarly work with patients and clients affected by Substance Use Disorder, and you may no longer know what to do. Part of the answer starts with an effective and comprehensive substance use assessment.