Substance Use and Mental Disorders: One, The Other, Or Both?

Substance Use and Mental Disorders: One, The Other, Or Both?

(Presentation date January 27, 2015)
Substance use and mental disorders often travel together. People who have concurrent mental health and substance use disorders face challenges in achieving long-term recovery from both conditions, and accurate identification and initiation of appropriate integrated treatment strategies presents a challenge for clinicians. This program explores historical and clinical aspects – including assessment, differential diagnosis, treatment, and recovery – of concurrent mental health and substance use disorders, also referred to as co-occurring disorders, comorbid conditions, or dual diagnosis. The course will help clinicians to recognize clients presenting with concurrent disorders and be aware of appropriate treatment strategies.


The goal of this program is to explore the historical and clinical aspects of concurrent mental health and substance use disorders.


After completing this program participants will be able to:

  • Describe one or more historical aspect(s) of the treatment of concurrent symptoms of substance use and mental disorders.
  • Describe three or more facts about conceptual models of addictive disorders.
  • Describe two or more considerations in the differential diagnosis and treatment of co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders.


Stephen Strobbe, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, CARN-AP.

StephenStrobbe. Stephen Strobbe currently holds the rank of Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Michigan School of Nursing and the University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry. He was the first Clinical Director for the University of Michigan Addiction Treatment Services (UMATS) in the Department of Psychiatry, for which he received the Administration Management Award from the International Nurses Society on Addictions (IntNSA) in 2007. Dr. Strobbe also served as an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor in the Clinical Adjunct Faculty Network (CAFN) from 2010 to 2012 and has been a lecturer, preceptor, clinical instructor, faculty of record, and specialty lead for undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students in the areas of psychiatric and addictions nursing. Dr. Strobbe completed his doctoral studies in 2009, with a concentration in bio-behavioral health. His dissertation was titled, “Alcoholics Anonymous: Personal Stories, Relatedness, Attendance and Affiliation.” He is board certified in both psychiatric and addictions nursing and is currently President Elect of the International Nurse’s Society on Addictions. Dr. Strobbe has served as a consultant; published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals; co-authored a chapter in the Cambridge Textbook of Effective Treatments in Psychiatry; and has given invited talks and presented jury-selected papers, posters, symposia and workshops nationally and internationally.

Number of CE hours offered

1.5 CEH, approved by MCBAP and NAADAC (specific.) A passing grade of 80% on the final exam is required for CE hours to be awarded.