Co-Occurring Disorders


Discussion Forum #1 The Client with Co-Occurring Disorders

First posting due by Wednesday

Before posting the Forum, please review Chapter 25 The Client with Co-Occurring Disorders — Concepts of Chemical Dependency Counseling and the PowerPoint Presentation Chapter 25 The Client with Co-Occurring Disorders: Substance Use Disorders and Mental Illness under Week 1 Resources.


Discussion Overview


Co-Occurring disorders include patients who suffer from a Substance Use Disorder alongside another mental health diagnosis. The Substance Use Disorder does not cause the mental health disorder, thought the two may be intertwined. The individuals Substance Use Disorder could cause a medical condition, exacerbate a medical condition or/and increase the individual’s risk of exposure to certain diseases.




Your participation in this Discussion Forum, including:


  • Respond to the initial question(s) ask of you, and thoroughly discuss your point of view.
  • Respond to at least two other students’ posts and reply to those students who ask you questions.
    You are encouraged to ask your peers questions, as to get to know them better, and to allow them and you to expound on the understanding of the Topic.


Discussion Details


After reviewing the attached sources and reading Chapter 25-1 through 25-2 of your text, please respond and reflect on the following questions.


  • What in the reading of 25-1 Definitions and Coexisting Substance Use and Medical Disorders and 25-2 Etiology of Co-Occurring Disorders did you find most interesting?
  • What is the “Common factor model”?
  • What is the “Secondary psychiatric disorder model”?
  • What is the “Secondary Substance Use disorder model”?
  • What is the “Bidirectional model”?
  • What information can you share with your instructor and peers about what you have learned about mental health and substance use disorders treatment?
  • Do you have any questions that you would like to ask?


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