This study compares the severity of DSM-III-R psychoactive substance use disorders (PSUDs) among dually diagnosed psychiatric inpatients with independent axis I mental disorders (IMDs) with the severity of PSUDs among: A) patients from the same hospitals with PSUD-related organic mental syndromes (PSUD-OMD) and b) patients from a residential drug-treatment program with PSUDs but no axis I mental disorders. The drug-use disorders among the group 1 (IMD+PSUD) patients were less severe on multiple indicators from the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-III-R (SCID) and the Addiction Severity Index compared with the drug-use disorders among the other two groups. This did not hold for alcohol disorders. These findings carry potential implications for treatment strategies for the mentally ill with drug use.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Psychiatry and Mental health