Year: 2002 Source: Current Psychiatry, v.1, no.12, (December 2002), p.50-57 SIEC No: 20080155

This article describes teachable moments – suicide attempts, accidental overdose, intoxication, & withdrawal – that clinicians can use to bundle acute treatment with referral for addiction treament. Suicide risk must be thoroughly investigated & assessed – suicidal behaviours or intentions can justify involuntary hospitalization. Support systems for keeping the patient safe should also be assessed. (20 refs.)