People with dual diagnosis have both mental illness and drug and alcohol problems and disorders, and services in both these sectors must be able to respond to their needs.
In Victoria, as in other parts of the world, mental health and alcohol and other drug services are working with increasing numbers of people with dual diagnosis.
The program is intended to remedy the community problem of individuals with a dual diagnosis that are addicted to alcohol or narcotics and have difficulty managing their mental illness as a result of the addiction.
The community will benefit from the program by reducing the number of individuals that are marginalized as a result of addiction coupled with mental illness, allowing them to return to a productive status.
INTRODUCTIONThe program involves the development of a group home located in Manchester NH for individuals that are diagnosed as substance abusers with an accompanying mental illness, which is commonly referred to as a dual diagnosis.
The program is intended to provide the participants with the skills necessary to manage their substance abuse and mental health issues in a supervised environment, with the ultimate objective of fully returning the individuals to the community.
Service responses need to take into account the different and more complex impacts of dual diagnosis.
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Population health research shows high rates (up to 50 per cent) of alcohol and drug use among people with severe mental health problems.
Depression and anxiety are the most prevalent disorders co-occurring with drug and alcohol misuse, although rates of drug use among people with psychosis are also high.