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Adult ADHD and Substance Use Disorders

Course #: 06-512

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CE Credit Hours: 1.00 Continuing Education Credit Hours

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Course Description

CE Course Description

Experts contend that anywhere between 15% to 65% of children and adolescents with ADHD continue to have the disorder when they are adults, which may contribute to problems in many areas of life, including work, education, and interpersonal relationships. This intermediate level continuing education course, developed using information from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), provides a brief overview of adult ADHD as well as the relationship between ADHD and substance use disorders. Diagnostic criteria and treatment for ADHD are discussed, along with factors that may contribute to the connection between ADHD and substance use.

CE Course Objectives

1. Review prevalence rates and diagnostic criteria for ADHD.

2. Differentiate between the manifestations of ADHD for children, adolescents, and adults.

3. Identify medications used to treat ADHD, as well as therapeutic behavioral interventions.

4. Summarize various hypotheses that have been proposed to explain the relationship between SUDs and ADHD.

5. Evaluate the co-occurrence of ADHD and substance use disorders and how prescription stimulants may be abused by those experiencing these issues.

6. Describe various treatment and prevention approaches for co-occurring ADHD and substance abuse.

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