Substance Abuse and Psyciatric Disorders Research Paper

Substance Abuse and Psyciatric Disorders
An examination of the need to treat dually diagnosed patients with a more effective strategy of care.
# 147210 | 4,078 words | 21 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Mar 02, 2011 in Sociology (General) , Medical and Health (General) , Psychology (General)

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This paper discusses how mentally ill chemical addicted (MICA) patients require a more specialized treatment and how literature and facilities are in the process of developing a more effective strategy for the treatment of patients presenting with substance abuse and psychiatric disorders. The paper also looks at the importance of dual-diagnosis training for clinicians and the importance of integrated treatments that encourage mental health and substance abuse agencies to work together.

From the Paper:

"Although many studies indicate that MICA patients have poor outcomes in substance abuse treatment programs as opposed to those without the accompanying psychological disorder (Saxon, 1995, Brown, R. 1998), much of the recent research has suggested that a focus on integrated services may produce more positive outcomes. One such study suggests, that although a dual diagnosis may impede after-care compliance (specifically in personality disorders), MICA patients in an in-patient psychiatric treatment facility improved at the same level as those diagnosed with a single disorder, when appropriate interventions were performed (Ross, 2003). A similar study conducted in an out-patient treatment facility, concluded that dually diagnosed MICA patients had better treatment retention and a more substantial reduction in their substance abuse (Saxon, 1995). "

Sample of Sources Used:

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  • First, M.B.; Gladis, M.M. Diagnosis and Differential Diagnosis of Psychiatric and Substance Use Disorders. In Dual Diagnosis: Evaluation, Treatment, Training, and Program Development; Solomon, J., Zimberg, S., Shollar, E., Eds.; Plenum Medical Books: New York, NY, 1993; 23-36. *note, although this reference is prior to 1995, I found the article valuable in content.

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