2023.04.13 Anxiety and Substance Use Disorders

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This webinar will highlight the management of anxiety disorders in the context of substance use. Assessment, diagnosis, and treatment options will be discussed, including SSRIs, other antidepressants, benzodiazepines, non-benzodiazepine anxiolytics, and psychotherapy. The presentation will also review management approaches when anxiety symptoms do not respond to initial treatment.  At the end of the presentation, clinicians should feel more confident in their ability to effectively diagnose and manage anxiety co-occurring with substance use disorders.

 Learning Objectives:

  1. List three anxiety disorders that commonly co-occur with substance use disorders
  2. Describe the role of SSRIs and other antidepressants in the management of anxiety disorders
  3. Explain the appropriate use of benzodiazepines and non-benzodiazepine anxiolytics in the management of anxiety disorders