In the past mental health and addictions were seen as mutually exclusive disorders. Recently, it has come to light that mental health disorders and addictions frequently co-occur. Many people presenting with mental health issues have an addiction which may or may not be admitted in a straight mental health assessment. The majority of people presenting for addictions treatment have a co-occurring mental health disorder.
There are three main types of mental health issues people with addictions deal with. The first is the long-standing mental health issue that pre-dated the addiction and does not improve as the person has more “clean time.” The second is substance induced mental health problems which may last for two or three years after the person sobers up. Many of these issues are due to the effects of the substances on the neurotransmitters. The third type of mental health issue is acute and reflects the emotional impact as the person sobers up and recognizes the negative impact he/she has had on family, friends and health.
It is vital for addictions professionals and mental health counselors to seek continuing education on the co-occurring nature and interaction between mental health issues and addiction. Recommended areas for mental health continuing education are on issues such as depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder, grief and anger management.
All CEUs is approved by NBCC and most states to provide mental health continuing education and addictions continuing education to counselors in areas such as: addictions and substance abuse, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, ethics, supervision, domestic violence, medical error prevention and more.
Our courses provide you the opportunity to get your ceus fast when it is convenient for you. The texts and videos for most of our classes are online and included in your membership price (Unlimited access for 12 months for $99).