chapter  17
Issues in the Treatment of the Dual-Diagnosis Patient
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In recent years, increasing attention has become focused on the dual-diagnosis patient, as greater understanding in the separate fields of psychopathology and substance abuse permit a more effective integration of approaches to take place. The term "dual diagnosis" is used in this chapter to refer to the coexistence of substance abuse and other psychological disorders. It is not restricted to the psychotic and major mood disorders alone, as it is sometimes used, but includes anxiety disorders, eating disorders, moderate depression, and other disorders that interfere with full well-being and functioning. These conditions influence the timetable of recovery and play an underestimated role in relapse.