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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Treating Substance Use Disorder and Mental Illness

Treating substance use disorders is a tall order due to the many factors that accompany the disease of addiction. It seems like more often than not people who seek help for addiction are also dealing with a co-occurring mental illness - most commonly depression, anxiety, and/or bi-polar disorders. Successful treatment and long term recovery rests on professionals addressing both the substance abuse and the mental illness.

 Health professionals often hold polarizing beliefs on which issue to address first. While treating both issues concurrently is optimal, that option is not always available. New research suggests that treating substance abuse issues in a person with severe mental illness will reduce the risk they will commit violent acts, reports HealthDay.

Researchers followed 278 patients closely over six month period after the participants were admitted into outpatient treatment program for substance abuse and mental illness.

“We were surprised to find that the severity of the patient’s psychiatric symptoms was not the primary factor in predicting later aggression. Rather, the patient’s substance abuse was the factor most closely associated with future aggression,” study co-author Clara Bradizza of the University at Buffalo Research Institute on Addictions said in a university news release.

“Our findings suggest that treatment attendance is very important for these individuals and treatment programs should include interventions that are likely to decrease substance abuse, as this may provide the additional benefit of reducing the risk of later aggression among dual-diagnosis patients,” Bradizza said.

Removing addictive substances from the mental health equation will always allow for more successful results when addressing any co-occurring disorder. Drugs and alcohol only serve to amplify mental illness’ like depression and anxiety.

The findings appear in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment.

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