Utilization of psychosocial treatments by patients diagnosed with bipolar disorder and substance dependence
Department of Psychiatry
Medical Subject Headings
Adult; Aftercare; *Alcoholics Anonymous; Alcoholism; Bipolar Disorder; Female; Follow-Up Studies; Humans; Male; Patient Acceptance of Health Care; *Psychotherapy; Recurrence; Substance-Related Disorders
Mental and Social Health | Mental Disorders | Psychiatry | Psychiatry and Psychology | Substance Abuse and Addiction
We investigated psychosocial treatment interventions, mood symptoms, and substance use among 24 patients with bipolar disorder and substance dependence. Patients were assessed for 6 months following hospital discharge. Psychotherapy and Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) attendance decreased over time. Moreover, the focus of patients' psychotherapy changed over time, with decreasing emphasis on the patients' specific disorders. Mood symptoms and substance use did not change significantly over time, although there was a trend toward more frequent drug use over time. These findings point to infrequent utilization over time of psychosocial treatments focusing specifically on bipolar and substance use disorder.
Weiss, Roger D.; Kolodziej, Monika E.; Najavits, Lisa M.; Greenfield, Shelly F.; and Fucito, Lisa M., "Utilization of psychosocial treatments by patients diagnosed with bipolar disorder and substance dependence" (2000). Psychiatry Publications and Presentations. 613.