Skip to main content

A Systematic Review of Substance Use (Disorder) in Individuals With Mild to Borderline Intellectual Disability

About the Course:

The prevalence rates of substance use (SU) among individuals with mild to borderline intellectual disability (MBID) range from nearly non-existent to highly prevalent. This could be due to changes in methodology between various studies. Even though SU has become increasingly popular among people with MBID, addiction medicine has mostly overlooked the topic. This article is meant to address the prevalence, assessment, and treatment of SU among children, adolescents, and adults with MBID.

This course is based on the reading-based online article, A Systematic Review of Substance Use (Disorder) in Individuals With Mild to Borderline Intellectual Disability created by Dr. Neomi van Duijvenbode et al. in 2019.

Publication Date:

European Addiction Research, 22 Jul 2019, 25(6):263-282 Jul 2019

Course Material Authors

Course Material Authors authored the material only, and were not involved in creating this CE course. They are identified here for your own evaluation of the relevancy of the material this course is based on.

Dr. Neomi van Duijvenbode
Dr. Joanne E.L. VanDerNagel is a psychiatrist who works with people who have dual or triple diagnoses. Her research interests are in the epidemiology and treatment of dual and triple diagnoses, as well as risk factors and prevalence. Psychological complaints, addiction problems and a slight intellectual disability go together regularly, and in varying combinations. In particular, she conducts practice-oriented research that contributes to the improvement of care for these clients.
Dr. Joanne E.L. VanDerNagel
Dr. Joanne E.L. VanDerNagel is a psychiatrist at Tactus addiction care and as a consultant at Aveleijn intellectual Disability services. Her PhD theses (2016) in epidemiology of substance use in individuals with intellectual disabilities, and other scientific work have been rewarded with the Rev. Visscher Prize 2016-2018, and the NADD research award (2019). She is the (co-) author of several interventions for substance use in individuals with intellectual disability (including a screening instrument, an early intervention program, three CBT protocols, and a guideline for collaboration between services), and has written four full books and numerous peer reviewed publications and book chapters on this topic.

Course Creator

Danny Wamsley, LCASA
Danny Wamsley is a licensed addiction specialist with a clinical certification with the National Association of Dual Diagnosis (NADD). Danny currently works in manage care as a DSS liaison. His primary goal is to provide consultation to social workers who are involved with child-protective services and In-Home Services. Danny also has 10+ years of experience working with individuals diagnosed with intellectual disability and substance use. Danny’s professional interests include addictions/recovery, intellectual disability, foster care, military, trauma, and domestic violence.

Recommended For:

Addiction professionals, counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for beginners.

Course Objectives:

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  1. Describe the prevalence, assessment, and treatment of SU(D) among children, adolescents, and adults with MBID.
  2. List risk factors associated with developing SUD
  3. Identify the barriers individuals with MBID often experience with SUD treatment


Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships

Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships

CE Learning Systems, LLC is an independent provider of continuing medical education. CE Learning Systems, LLC has no proprietary or financial interest in medical or healthcare products over which the FDA (USA) or EMA (EU) has regulatory authority.

In accordance with our disclosure policies, CE Learning Systems, LLC is committed to ensuring balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor for all accredited continuing education. These policies include assigning relevance to, and mitigating, all perceived or real conflicts of interest between any individual with control over the content and any ineligible company (commercial interest).

Any individual with control over accredited content, including planner, faculty, and reviewer, is required to globally disclose:

  1. Individual relationship(s) or lack thereof, and its nature, with any/all ineligible company, and
  2. any investigational, off-label, or non-FDA approved content or discussion

CE Learning Systems, LLC has reviewed these disclosures, assigned relevance based on the relationship and scope of content, and identified those with the potential to compromise the goals and educational integrity of the education. Relevant relationships, or lack thereof, are shared with the learner.

Education has been independently peer-reviewed to validate content, mitigate identified conflicts of interest, and ensure:

  1. All recommendations involving clinical medicine is based on evidence that is accepted within the medical profession as adequate justification for their indications and contraindications in the care of patients.
  2. All scientific research referred to, reported, or used in accredited continuing education in support or justification of a patient care recommendation conforms to the generally accepted standards of experimental design, data collection, and analysis.
  3. Content is appropriate, fair and balanced, unbiased, referenced, and non-promotional.

The planners have reported the following: There are no relevant disclosures.

Course Material Authors

The authors have disclosed any disclosures within the material.

Course Creator: Danny Wamsley, LCASA

No relevant financial relationships.

Commercial support

There is no commercial support for this distance-learning course.

Exam Questions

All exam questions for the course are visible on this page for members of

Membership is free, and you can register today! You'll only pay when you're ready to purchase a course, or if you take advantage of the Unlimited Package.

If you're already a member, please sign in to see the exam questions for this and all other courses.

Discuss this course

When you're an Unlimited CE or Pay As You Go member you can discuss this course after you pass the exam.

Sign In or Register to get started.


  • Is this course approved for my continuing education requirements?

    Yes, most likely. Look Up Your State Board for more detailed information. Logged-in site members will see the relevant approval information displayed in the Approvals tab for every course.

  • Do you have accommodations for my disability (ADA)?

    If you are having trouble using, please contact us! We would be happy to accommodate your needs right away, and your input will help us make more accessible for future users too.

  • How do I enroll in this course?

    Use the Enroll In This Course button and just follow the instructions! You don't pay anything until you're ready to take an exam.

  • What do I have to do to complete the course?

    To complete the course, review the course objectives, then review the material, and then pass the exam with a score of 75% or greater and lastly complete an evaluation.

  • How do I access the materials?

    Most of our courses are based on online articles available for free to the public. Some courses, such as those based on books, require that you purchase the material. Use the Materials tab above for more info. You don't need to enroll in the course to access materials, whether free or paid. So you always know what you're getting into before you commit to taking the exam.

  • How do I get my certificate?

    Your certificate(s) will be available to download or email immediately when you pass the course exam and complete the evaluation.

  • Can I contact you for more help?

    Yes! Use the Help widget at the bottom-right of the screen anywhere on to search our help docs, or to ask our support team for help. Unlike most of our competitors, has live US-based support reps to help you by email, chat, or phone.

Course Number 103244
1.5 CE credit hour
Sign in for credit hours relevant to your credentials.

  • Reading-Based Online
Exam Fee $8.96
There's no exam fee with an Unlimited CE membership! Read More

No Cost Materials

252 members have taken this course

Try a free CE course.

Get started by trying a free course of your choice. No payment info required!

Sign Up Free

View all free trial courses

Happy therapist using