Characteristics of Outpatients in an Addictions Clinic for Co-Occurring Disorders.

Characteristics of Outpatients in an Addictions Clinic for Co-occurring Disorders.

Am J Addict. 2013 May; 22(3): 297-301
Malat J, Turner NE

To examine characteristics of treatment-seeking outpatients from a clinic for co-occurring disorders within an urban psychiatric hospital.Patients (n?=?131) completed six self-report scales including the Brief Symptom Inventory and Toronto Alexithymia Scale.The most common substance use disorders were: alcohol (62%), tobacco (50%), cannabis (22%), cocaine/stimulants (18%). The most common psychiatric disorders were: mood (65%), psychotic (24%) and anxiety disorders (24%). Many of the scales correlated with the global psychiatric severity score. Patients with mood disorders had superior interpersonal functioning global scores and reported reduced drug use and reduced advice seeking. Patients with psychotic disorders had higher global psychiatric severity scores and reported higher advice seeking.This preliminary study indicates that among a heterogeneous sample of patients with co-occurring disorders the more symptomatic patients may present with a wider range of impairments along with some specific differences based on psychiatric diagnosis. (Am J Addict 2013; 22:297-301). HubMed – addiction


Physicians’ Beliefs about the Nature of Addiction: A Survey of Primary Care Physicians and Psychiatrists.

Am J Addict. 2013 May; 22(3): 255-60
Lawrence RE, Rasinski KA, Yoon JD, Curlin FA

Society debates whether addiction is a disease, a response to psychological woundedness, or moral failing.We surveyed a national sample of 1427 US primary care physicians (PCPs) and 487 psychiatrists, asking “In your judgment, to what extent is alcoholism/drug addiction each of the following? A) a disease B) a response to psychological woundedness C) a result of moral failings.”The response rate was 63% for PCPs and 64% for psychiatrists. More psychiatrists than PCPs consider addiction a disease (64% versus 56%). Some PCPs (31%) and psychiatrists (27%) attribute addiction to psychological woundedness. More psychiatrists than PCPs said addiction is “not at all” due to moral failings (55% versus 39%).The disease model for addiction is prominent among physicians, but exists alongside beliefs that addiction is a response to psychological woundedness, or a result of moral failings. (Am J Addict 2013; 22:255-260). HubMed – addiction


The New European Union Drugs Strategy 2013-2020: a Different Outlook to Managing Drug Dependence.

Addiction. 2013 Apr 25;
Georgiou C

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