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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.

Issues and Problems with Dual Diagnosis
Issues and problems with dual diagnosis

The knowledge base in the area of dual diagnosis has grown out of the contributions of persons in the disparate fields of mental health and substance abuse treatment. Consequently, no single perspective has been agreed on, and there is considerable variation in the way in which the term dual diagnosis is defined, in reports of the incidence of persons having coexisting disorders of substance abuse and mental illness and how such persons should be treated. This chapter reviews some of the controversies in the field so as to set the stage for the treatment model that follows.

Definitions

There is considerable disagreement about just who should be considered dually diagnosed. This is predictable given that definitions ...

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