Trivia: Treating Comorbid Depression and Alcohol Dependence

July 18, 2017

Which statement below is accurate regarding treating patients with alcohol-related substance use disorder (SUD) and comorbid depression?

A. Treating depression without first having achieved at least one year of abstinence is not supported by treatment guidelines.

B. Treating depression first is indicated, and SUD-specific treatment should occur after remission of depression.

C. Treating both depression and alcohol-related SUD concurrently is often the right approach.

D. Depression is almost always an organic result of alcohol-related SUD and therefore expected to resolve within 3 months of achieving sobriety.

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