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Relapse to alcohol and drug use among individuals diagnosed with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders: a review.

Research Institute on Addictions, University at Buffalo, United States.
Clinical Psychology Review (Impact Factor: 7.18). 04/2006; 26(2):162-78. DOI: 10.1016/j.cpr.2005.11.005
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ABSTRACT This paper reviews the literature investigating relapse to alcohol and drug use among individuals dually diagnosed with a substance use and a co-occurring mood, anxiety, schizophrenia-spectrum, or personality disorder. Prevalence rates for each co-occurring set of disorders are discussed, followed by research studies that examine predictors of relapse to substance use within these groups. Relevant conceptual models well-suited to incorporating relapse as an outcome variable, and psychiatric factors both as predictor and outcome variables, are presented. Suggestions for future studies are provided. A priority area is developing and using consistent and well-articulated definitions of relapse across studies. Several diagnostic issues surfaced such as using structured clinical interviews to determine diagnosis (preferably following detoxification from alcohol and/or drugs), separating individuals with only alcohol use disorders from those with alcohol and drug use disorders in analyses, reporting the rates and types of overlap in mental health diagnoses, and conducting analyses that include and exclude multiply disordered individuals. Finally, future studies that focus on isolating predictors of relapse and abstinence could make substantive contributions to improving treatment for individuals with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders.

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