The course, treatment, and outcome of substance disorder in persons with severe mental illness
Department of Family Medicine and Community Health; Center for Health Policy and Research; Clinical and Population Health Research
Medical Subject Headings
Humans; Mental Disorders; Substance-Related Disorders; Treatment Outcome
Health Services Administration | Health Services Research | Public Health
Individuals with co-occurring substance abuse and severe mental illness are particularly vulnerable to negative outcomes. This paper reviews findings on the longitudinal course of dual disorders in traditional treatment systems, which provide separate mental health and substance-abuse programs; describes the movement toward programs that integrate both types of treatment at the clinical level; reviews evidence related to outcomes in integrated treatment programs; and discusses health-care policy changes that would encourage effective treatments.
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Citation: Am J Orthopsychiatry. 1996 Jan;66(1):42-51.