Utilization of psychosocial treatments by patients diagnosed with bipolar disorder and substance dependence

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Department of Psychiatry



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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.


Citation: Am J Addict. 2000 Fall;9(4):314-20. DOI: 10.1080/105504900750047364

At the time of publication, Monika Kolodziej was not yet affiliated with the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

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