Substance Use & Dual Diagnosis

Drugs or substances

addTwoWhen we talk about substances we mean both legal and illegal substances that affect the mind, i.e. alcohol, tobacco, cannabis, amphetamines, and so on.

People have used mind-altering substances for thousands of years, and substance use in one form or another remains very much part of most cultures. Most people have used alcohol, nicotine and caffeine, or have some kind of habitual behaviour.

People use substances for many reasons. Many people use substances to enjoy the experience and feel good. Unfortunately, using substances can also cause problems, or unwanted experiences or effects.

TYPES OF SUBSTANCES
PATTERNS OF USE
WHAT IS DUAL DIAGNOSIS?
IS IT COMMON TO EXPERIENCE DUAL DIAGNOSIS?
HOW DOES DUAL DIAGNOSIS AFFECT YOU?
HOW SHOULD DUAL DIAGNOSIS BE TREATED?
RECOVERY FROM DUAL DIAGNOSIS
WHERE DO I GET HELP FOR DUAL DIAGNOSIS?
FAMILY (CARER) ISSUES
RECOMMENDED RESOURCES

Sources: Ref: SUMITT DDx leaflet | Ref: Lincoln Dual Diagnosis Manual, 2007. | Ref: NDARC Comorbidity Guidelines