Severity of substance use disorders among psychiatric inpatients

Anthony F. Lehman, C. Patrick Myers, Eric Corty, James Thompson

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)164-167
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Nervous and Mental Disease
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1994

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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