Substance misuse and psychiatric comorbidity: towards improved service provision
Journal/Book: Drugs Educ Prev Policy. 1999; 6: PO Box 25, Abingdon Ox14 3Ue, Oxfordshire, England. Carfax Publ Co. 151-174.
Abstract: Much progress has been made in terms of improved diagnostic techniques for individual disorders, i.e, substance misuse or psychiatric disorders. Some progress has been made for the application of these assessment procedures for combined disorders, thereby providing prevalence rates which vary widely due to the methodological problems. Far less progress has been made in the understanding of the natural history and outcome of combined disorders. Relatively little research has been carried out on treatment strategies for people with dual disorders (including polysubstance abuse and dependence). As a consequence, appropriate multidisciplinary and multispecialty service developments, training and research have not been a focus. Awareness of the scale and nature of the problem is important for commissioners and providers so that resources are targeted appropriately.
Note: Review Crome IB, Wolverhampton Univ, Sch Hlth Sci, 62-68 Lichfield St, Wolverhampton WV1 1DJ, ENGLAND
Keyword(s): DSM-III-R; ALCOHOL DEPENDENCE SYNDROME; OPIATE DEPENDENCE; SCREENING-TEST; USE DISORDERS; FOLLOW-UP; PSYCHOLOGICAL MORBIDITY; PSYCHOMETRIC PROPERTIES; WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS; TOBACCO WITHDRAWAL