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Dual Diagnosis: Counseling the Mentally Ill Substance Abuser

by Katie Evans and J. Michael Sullivan

Dual Diagnosis offers an introduction to the issues surrounding this difficult-to-treat population and provides counselors and case managers with coherent and effective treatment techniques.

Full Description:   

The treatment of coexisting conditions--chemical dependency coupled with a psychiatric disorder--is a serious challenge for care providers. The individual struggling with two disorders needs the expertise of both the mental health and chemical dependency care systems, yet most service delivery systems tend to focus on treating either the mental health problem or the chemical dependency but not both. Dual Diagnosis offers an introduction to the issues surrounding this difficult-to-treat population and provides counselors and case managers with coherent and effective treatment techniques.

Dual Diagnosis offers a unique integration of chemical dependency and mental health approaches. Evans and Sullivan discard the notion of "primary" and "secondary" diagnoses, and establish the need for simultaneous, integrated treatment of both disorders.

Table of Contents

  1. The nature of the problem
  2. Models of treatment and their integration
  3. Identifying chemical dependency in the dual diagnosis client
  4. Assessing the psychiatric disorder
  5. Major mental disorders
  6. Selected personality disorders
  7. Working with adolescents
  8. Working with families
  9. Preventing relapse and enhancing motivation
  10. Case management strategies
  11. Modification stepwork
  12. School behavior checklist
  13. A checklist for parents
  14. Home behavior contract
"...an excellent text for teaching....It works well for beginners who have limited background working with this population as well as for more advanced practitioners."
-Linda Lemas, Lewis and Clark State College
"A coherent, conceptually integrated model of assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of dual diagnosis patients, with chapters devoted to the specific application of this model to the major mental disorders, selected personality disorders, and to adolescents....Recommended reading."
-Journal of Studies on Alcohol
"...[it] is a welcome addition to the literature and provides a readable, accessible, and practical introduction to providing services for people with co-existing mental illness and substance abuse disorders....should be very effective as a tool for cross-training mental health and substance abuse staff members or as a textbook in pre-professional training. It is an excellent general introduction for practitioners."
-Psychosocial Rehabilitation Journal

191 pages; soft bound

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