APhA Pain Institute 2020: Substance Abuse Disorders and Mental Health Disorders: How You Can Help (pre-registration required)


Substance use and certain mental health disorders often share underlying causes, such as changes in brain composition, genetic vulnerabilities, and early exposure to stress or trauma. Patients may initially turn to substances to cope with or self-medicate their mental health conditions, which may also be uncovered or exacerbated by drugs and alcohol. This session explores the many connections and concerns and gives you proven tactics for helping your patients.  

Pre-registration is required; registration is open at http://elearning.pharmacist.com/products/5792/apha-pain-institute-2020-healing-body-and-mind-mental-health-comorbidities-in-substance-use-disorder

Pharmacist Learning Objectives

At the completion of this knowledge-based activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the commonality and connection of mental health conditions and substance use disorders.
  2. Evaluate the impact of adverse childhood experiences in the development of substance use disorders and mental health disorders.
  3. Discuss the risk of developing mental health conditions in patients with substance use disorders.
  4.  Discuss the biological and psychological causes of misusing substances in patients with mental health conditions.
  5. Describe how pharmacists can use their understanding of the connection between mental health conditions and substance use disorders to assist patients who are in recovery or struggling with the disease of addiction. 
Jeffrey Gold,
Learning Level: Level 2
Track: APhA Pain Institute
Session Time Slot(s): 
Thursday, March 19
8:00 AM - 9:15 AM
Gaylord National Resort - National Harbor 10
ACPE Pharmacist: 0202-0000-20-008-L01-P
CEUs Pharmacist: 0.125
Activity Type: