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November 2021

The addiction treatment unit: A dual diagnosis program at the California Medical Facility - A descriptive report

Journal/Book: J Psychoactive Drug. 1999; 31: 409 Clayton St, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA. Haight-Ashbury Publ. 41-46.

Abstract: The Addiction Treatment Unit is a dual diagnosis program which exists in the California Department of Corrections. It is housed in the California Medical Facility in Vacaville, California. Program residents must meet the diagnostic criteria of having a major mental disorder substantiated by a DSM-IV Axis I diagnosis and also meet the criteria for a substance abuse/dependence disorder. All patients are housed in one wing of the facility, which is based on the format of a modified therapeutic community and focuses on the concept of recovery. A multidisciplinary treatment team comprised of a psychiatrist, a psychologist, a social worker and a psychiatric technician delivers clinical interventions, including individual and group therapy as well as medication management. The focus of the drug treatment aspect is an Alcoholics Anonymous/Narcotics Anonymous approach based on 12-Step philosophy. Research involving other therapeutic communities running in prisons is discussed as is the aspect of dual diagnosis programs. Logistical and environmental constraints which pose challenges to running the Addiction Treatment Unit are considered. A summary section reflects on aspects which have been successful, what has not worked or has been changed and upcoming program revisions.

Note: Article Katz RI, Calif Med Facil, Outpatient Psychiat Program, Vacaville,CA 95696 USA

Keyword(s): correctional drug treatment; dual diagnosis; therapeutic community; SUBSTANCE-ABUSE; THERAPEUTIC COMMUNITIES; PRISON-INMATES; DISORDERS


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