Substance use is a major problem among young people who are experiencing early psychosis, but there’s been little guidance to help healthcare professionals work with patients who are dealing with these issues together. Now, Dr. Elizabeth Thomas, a research assistant professor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences in Temple University College of Public Health, has shared her expertise by co-authoring a new government-published guidebook on the subject.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has made “First-Episode Psychosis and Co-Occurring Substance Use Disorders” available for download to healthcare providers. Dr. Thomas co-authored the guide with Dr. Melanie Bennett of the University of Maryland School of Medicine and members of SAMHSA and Westat, with input from a national panel of experts.
“It’s geared towards mental health clinicians that work with individuals with early psychosis, in what are called coordinated specialty care programs,” says Dr. Thomas, whose work in the Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion has focused on psychiatric rehabilitation and early intervention in psychosis. “To date, there has not been a strong understanding of how to treat substance use disorders within the context of early psychosis, which speaks to the importance of this guidebook.”
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