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Dual Diagnosis Unit

LOCATION: Chestnut Ridge Center, Morgantown, West Virginia
PRECEPTOR: Preceptors Rotate every 90 days
DURATION: 2 weeks minimum
OFFERED: Continuously
STATUS: Elective


  1. To enhance positive attitudes toward the chemical dependent patient and to recognize chemical dependency as a disease.
  2. To become acquainted with early signs, symptoms, laboratory data and consequences of problem alcohol and drug use.
  3. To learn treatment techniques including confrontation, pharmacotherapy, group therapy, proper referral to Alcoholics Anonymous, and individual counseling;
  4. To integrate the concept of spiritual, mental and physical deficits in treatment planning;
  5. To coordinate and participate in aftercare of the patient;
  6. To recognize and treat comorbidity in the addiction population.

Methods to Achieve Objectives

  1. Supervision by unit physicians;
  2. Direct involvement in assessment and treatment planning of the chemical dependent patient and the family;
  3. While there is no on-call after hours, some evening and weekend meetings will be necessary.

Examination Procedures and Evaluation Criteria

Daily observation.

Pre-Rotation Criteria

Contact Ms. Debbie Robinson two weeks prior to rotation start date. dlrobinson@hsc.wvu.edu / (304) 293 - 3105