Bipolar Disorder and SUDs

We will explore epidemiology, common etiologies, and treatment considerations when caring for patients with bipolar disorder and various substance use disorders (SUDs). First, we will examine the prevalence of bipolar disorder in people with SUDs and the prevalence of SUDs in people with bipolar disorder. Next, we will identify possible common etiologies between SUDs and bipolar disorder including genetic, socioeconomic, and environmental factors. Finally, we will examine how SUDs can impact the treatment of bipolar disorder and how bipolar disorder can impact the treatment of SUDs.

Learning objectives:

    • Describe the epidemiology of substance use disorders (SUDs) in patients with bipolar disorder and vice versa
    • Identify potential common etiologies between bipolar disorder and SUDs including genetic, socioeconomic, and environmental factors
    • Describe how SUDs impact the treatment of bipolar disorder and how bipolar disorder impacts the treatment of SUDs


Prescribing clinicians and their teams

Continuing Medical Education
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Maine Medical Education Trust and CCSME. The Maine Medical Education Trust is accredited by the Maine Medical Association Committee on Continuing Medical Education and Accreditation to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Maine Medical Education Trust designates this regularly scheduled series for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity qualifies for 1 credit(s) of the 3 CME credit requirement for opioid medication education found in P.L. 2015, Chapter 488, Maine’s legislation to address the opioid drug crisis.

Contact Hours

1 contact hour for social workers, licensed clinical professional counselors, and behavioral health professionals
1 Category I contact hour for Maine psychologists are provided. CCSME is a pre-approved sponsor and provider of Maine Professional Education Activities for Psychologists.
1 contact hour CHES. CCSME is a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.
1 contact hour pending for alcohol and drug counselors from the board of alcohol and drug counselors


  • Stephanie Nichols
    Stephanie Nichols
    PharmD, BCPP, MPH

    Stephanie Nichols, PharmD, BCPS, BCPP is an Associate Professor in the University of New England College of Pharmacy, Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry in the Tufts University School of Medicine, and a Psychiatric and Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Pharmacist at Maine Medical Center in Portland. She graduated from the University at Buffalo with her Doctor of Pharmacy degree and completed an Inpatient Pharmacy Practice Residency at Maine Medical Center. Dr. Nichols is dual board certified as a Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS) and a Psychiatric Pharmacist (BCPP) and is a fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (FCCP).


Jun 20 2023


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm



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Co-Occurring Collaborative Serving Maine


Co-Occurring Collaborative Serving Maine