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Dual Diagnosis presents a model that integrates theory and research from substance abuse and mental health as well as proposing simultaneous integrated treatment in a single setting. Building upon a solid theoretical and research foundation, the book discusses the unique problems and treatment methods tailored for specific mental illnesses when combined with substance abuse, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, major personality disorders, and anxiety disorders.


Recognition of the extent of coexistence of mental illness and substance abuse disorders is recent, with few references in the professional literature dating back more than 15 years. The problem has been reported independently by treatment specialists in the mental health and substance abuse fields. The current professional literature regarding this phenomenon has been disparate in philosophy, perspective on assessment, treatment recommendations, and even basic terminology. This chapter identifies the perspective of the authors and, thereby, orients the reader to the material in the remainder of the book.


The three authors of this book have career histories that include direct service and administration in a variety of service delivery agencies in which persons with mental illness, chemically dependent adults and minors, and persons with both ...

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