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Title: Diagnosing and Treatment Of alcohol and mental health disorders


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Diagnosing and Treatment Of alcohol and mental
health disorders
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In 2005, Dr. Laurence M. Westreich of the New
York University School of Medicine stated that
alcohol use disorders (AUDs) often affect the
course of mental illness. Westreich further
explained, Alcohol can both cause and exacerbate
symptoms and must be treated concurrently with
the psychiatric illness.
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How does co-occurring alcohol abuse and substance
use disorders occur?
  • According to National Institute on Drug Abuse, as
    many as six of every 10 people with a substance
    use disorder (SUD) also suffer from co-occurring
    mental illness. NIDA suggests considering the
    following

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  • Drug abuse can cause a mental illness
  • Mental illness can lead to drug abuse
  • Drug abuse and mental disorders are both caused
    by other common risk factors

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Treating comorbid alcohol and mental health
disorders
  • The prevalence and severity of comorbid alcohol
    and mental health disorders demonstrates the need
    for integrated dual diagnosis programs, offering
    rehab for alcohol abuse as well as mental
    rehabilitation services. The need for an
    integrated treatment approach that identifies,
    evaluates, and simultaneously treats both
    disorders is crucial for successful treatment,
    according to the NIDA.

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  • In Primary Psychiatry, Westreich also stressed
    the crucial importance of treating both the
    alcohol and mental health disorders
    simultaneously, saying that treatment should
    strive towards an integrated approach.

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