More co-occurring common sense

More from that special issue of the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment. The points below may seem like it’s stating the obvious, but for a major journal with leading researchers to be emphasizing these points is a big deal. The balance in this issue is refreshing.

…mixed findings echo the point … Psychiatric diagnosis alone may be less relevant to addiction treatment failure than symptom severity.

Although, as a group, this population is often labeled as dual disordered,Q persons with co-occurring disorders are a heterogeneous lot, ranging from those with severe mental illnesses (e.g., schizophrenia) to those with mild or moderate psychiatric problems (e.g., dysthymia), as well as from those with severe substance-related disorders (e.g., dependence) to those with mild or moderate problems (e.g., misuse or abuse). In fact, most patients in addiction treatment programs with co-occurring disorders do not suffer from severe mental illnesses.