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A Systematic Review of Substance Use (Disorder) in Individuals With Mild to Borderline Intellectual Disability

About the Course

The prevalence rates of substance use (SU) among individuals with mild to borderline intellectual disability (MBID) range from nearly non-existent to highly prevalent. This could be due to changes in methodology between various studies. Even though SU has become increasingly popular among people with MBID, addiction medicine has mostly overlooked the topic. This article is meant to address the prevalence, assessment, and treatment of SU among children, adolescents, and adults with MBID.

This course is based on the reading-based online article, A Systematic Review of Substance Use (Disorder) in Individuals With Mild to Borderline Intellectual Disability created by Dr. Neomi van Duijvenbode et al. in 2019.

Publication Date:

European Addiction Research, 22 Jul 2019, 25(6):263-282 Jul 2019

Course Material Authors

Course Material Authors authored the material only, and were not involved in creating this CE course. They are identified here for your own evaluation of the relevancy of the material this course is based on.

Dr. Neomi van Duijvenbode

Dr. Joanne E.L. VanDerNagel is a psychiatrist who works with people who have dual or triple diagnoses. Her research interests are in the epidemiology and treatment of dual and triple diagnoses, as well as risk factors and prevalence. Psychological complaints, addiction problems and a slight intellectual disability go together regularly, and in varying combinations. In particular, she conducts practice-oriented research that contributes to the improvement of care for these clients.

Dr. Joanne E.L. VanDerNagel

Dr. Joanne E.L. VanDerNagel is a psychiatrist at Tactus addiction care and as a consultant at Aveleijn intellectual Disability services. Her PhD theses (2016) in epidemiology of substance use in individuals with intellectual disabilities, and other scientific work have been rewarded with the Rev. Visscher Prize 2016-2018, and the NADD research award (2019). She is the (co-) author of several interventions for substance use in individuals with intellectual disability (including a screening instrument, an early intervention program, three CBT protocols, and a guideline for collaboration between services), and has written four full books and numerous peer reviewed publications and book chapters on this topic.

Course Creator

Danny Wamsley, LCASA

Danny Wamsley is a licensed addiction specialist with a clinical certification with the National Association of Dual Diagnosis (NADD). Danny currently works in manage care as a DSS liaison. His primary goal is to provide consultation to social workers who are involved with child-protective services and In-Home Services. Danny also has 10+ years of experience working with individuals diagnosed with intellectual disability and substance use. Danny’s professional interests include addictions/recovery, intellectual disability, foster care, military, trauma, and domestic violence.

Recommended For:

Addiction professionals, counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for beginners.

Course Objectives:

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  1. Describe the prevalence, assessment, and treatment of SU(D) among children, adolescents, and adults with MBID.
  2. List risk factors associated with developing SUD
  3. Identify the barriers individuals with MBID often experience with SUD treatment

Disclosure to Learners

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Planners and Reviewers

The planners of this activity have reported that they have no relevant financial relationships.

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There is no commercial support for this distance-learning course.

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Course Number 103244
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