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Long-term Sobriety Strategies for Men With Co-occurring Disorders

About the Course:

Roughly half of people with severe mental disorders also experience a co-occurring substance use disorder, and recovery from both is a critical objective for health care services. While understanding of abstinence initiation has grown, the strategies people with co-occurring disorders use to maintain sobriety are largely unknown. This article reports strategies for relapse prevention as described by men with co-occurring disorders who achieved one or more years of sobriety. The findings suggests people with co-occurring disorders who achieve sobriety use a variety of self-management strategies to prevent relapse—seeking support, activities, and a healthy mindset. The findings suggest a relapse prevention model that focuses on social networks, role functioning, and self-monitoring, and conceptualizes self-care as critical to extending periods of wellness.

This course is based on the reading-based online article, Long-term Sobriety Strategies for Men With Co-occurring Disorders created by Alison Luciano, Elisabeth L. Bryan, Elizabeth A. Carpenter-Song,, Mary Woods, Katherine Armstrong, and Robert E. Drake in 2014.


Journal of Dual Diagnosis

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Course Material Authors

Alison Luciano

Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.

Elisabeth L. Bryan

Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

Elizabeth A. Carpenter-Song,

Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Department of Anthropology, Dartmouth College.

Mary Woods

WestBridge Community Services

Katherine Armstrong

WestBridge Community ServicesRobert

Robert E. Drake

Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

Course Creator

Keith Gibson, Ph.D.

Dr. Gibson is a Clinical Psychologist with over 30 years in research, clinical and consulting practice. He has also held leadership roles in research administration and program evaluation and more recently has specialized in program evaluation and system analysis. He draws upon his years of expertise as a practicing psychologist, administrator, researcher and technologist to help universities evaluate their programs to implement, meet, and maintain CACREP standards.

Recommended For:

Substance abuse counselors and related clinical professionals working with clients having both severe mental disorders and co-occurring substance use disorder.

Course Objectives:

  1. To identify and describe strategies for maintaining sobriety as reported by males having both severe mental disorders and co-occurring substance use disorder.

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Course Number 102183
1 credit hour
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