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Interventions for co-occurring addictive and other mental disorders (AMDs)

Kavanagh, David J. & Connolly, Jennifer M. (2009) Interventions for co-occurring addictive and other mental disorders (AMDs). Addictive Behaviours, 34(10), pp. 838-845.

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Abstract

While research on the management of co-occurring addictive and mental disorders (AMDs) has grown substantially in recent years, we still have little guidance on specific strategies. Consideration of epidemiological research and ethical principles can supplement existing clinical trials in providing a way forward. High frequencies of co-occurring disorders, equity of access for affected individuals and potential clashes between services in priorities and procedures, suggest that a stepped model of care by a single service may often be required. Typically, problems are multiple rather than dual, with potential for mutual influence, suggesting a need for interventions that are sensitive to and encompass complex co-occurring problems. Motivational problems are endemic, initial gains are often partial and unstable, and relapses potentially have serious consequences, suggesting a need for long-term, assertive follow-up. Principles such as these provide a solid framework for designing both services and interventions. However, there is a continuing need for controlled trials that unpack effective components of interventions, and increase their impact.

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ID Code: 28571
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Comorbidity, Mental disorders, Substance-related disorders, Treatment, Mental health services
DOI: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2009.03.005
ISSN: 0306-4603
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Deposited On: 13 Nov 2009 10:14
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2012 00:07

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