Master of Science
Department or Program
Upton, Thomas D
AN ABSTRACT OF THE RESEARCH PAPER OF
PAULA LAWRENCE, for the Master of Science degree in REHABILITATION COUNSELING, presented on APRIL 14, 2017, at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
TITLE: TREATMENT FOR PATIENTS WITH DUAL DIAGNOSIS OF BIPOLAR DISORDER AND SUBSTANCE DEPENDENCE
MAJOR PROFESSOR: Dr. Thomas Upton
This paper researched publications and articles to understand the treatment options for persons diagnosed with bipolar disorder and substance use disorders. Upon gaining information regarding treatment options for both conditions, the author of this paper sought to provide knowledge of counseling techniques to be used by professional in the rehabilitation field as well as other counseling professionals in combining some overlapping treatment requirements when treating clients with a dual diagnosis of bipolar and substance use disorder. Many people diagnosed with a dual diagnosis find themselves overwhelmed with treatment requirements and as a result the either go without the services they need or self-medicate with substances of abuse. By exploring effective treatments for both disorders, this author hopes to share information that can be used to integrate the treatment requirements for both conditions. By integrating care, it will improve the outcomes for people with a dual diagnosis. April 2017.