This study finds good news for schizophrenics with alcohol problems. At 10 year follow up 65% had no signs of a substance use disorder.
The study is much more focused on mental illness than on substance use problems. As usual it’s also vague about the nature of the substance use problems. I went to the full article and it does not specify DSM abuse vs. dependence. Either way, this study offers hope.
One other interesting note:
“clients who received clozapine during the early years of the study experienced highly significant improvements in substance abuse outcomes compared with those on other antipsychotic medications.”