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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.

Conclusion and Treatment Grid
Conclusion and treatment grid

Substance abuse, especially when long term, results in diminished cognitive effectiveness, inappropriate or exaggerated mood states, increased anxiety, and behavioral problems involving interpersonal relationships. Mental illness generally is characterized by one or more of those same elements. Therefore, the coexistence of a mental illness with substance abuse does not bring anything new or unfamiliar to the treatment situation except in degree. Substance abuse treatment personnel need thorough knowledge of cognitive, affective, and behavioral problems to treat not only the dually diagnosed but their single-disordered clients as well. If they are incapable of working effectively with the mentally ill, then they might very well be equally incapable of working with single-disordered substance abusers who are experiencing cognitive, affective, and ...

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