Dual diagnosis and psychosocial interventions--Introduction and commentary

TitleDual diagnosis and psychosocial interventions--Introduction and commentary
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsThylstrup, B, Johansen, KS
JournalNordic Journal of Psychiatry
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number1502-4725 (Electronic)0803-9488 (Linking)
Accession Number19034725
Keywords*Mental Disorders/diagnosis/epidemiology/therapy, *Substance-Related Disorders/diagnosis/epidemiology/therapy, Cognitive Therapy/*methods, Comorbidity, Diagnosis, Dual (Psychiatry), Family Therapy/methods, Guidelines as Topic, Humans, Motivation, Prevalence

Treatment of patients with concurrent mental illness and substance abuse represents a challenge to the traditional treatment systems. This article gives: 1) an introduction of the concept and frequency of dual diagnosis (DD), 2) a presentation and discussion of the latest guidelines on DD treatment, 3) status on the current situation in the DD field in Denmark, and 4) potentials for future research. The article is based on systematic examination of evidence-based research and popularized latest guidelines on DD treatment. Methodologically, both treatment and research is challenged by the diversity in DD combinations. Although integrated treatment with the inclusion of cognitive-behavioural therapy, motivational interviewing and family intervention in DD treatment show promising results, it remains to establish which treatment programme is the most qualified in improving mental health and reducing substance use. A future priority is the development of DD treatment that targets specific co-morbid combinations and treatment needs.

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