Techniques used in therapeutic communities may be applicable to patients dually diagnosed with mental illness and a psychoactive substance use disorder (PSUD).
This study was designed to evaluate the demographics, course, and outcome for 100 patients treated in one such residential program.
One hundred indigent male patients admitted to a drug-free therapeutic community for the dually diagnosed were studied on admission and over the course of their treatment, and subjects were monitored throughout their stays on the basis of observed urine toxicology tests and a clinical assessment of drug or alcohol use.
The mean age of the patients was 33.8 years, and the average length of stay was 121.0 days.
Thirtythree of the patients completed the full 6-month program and moved on to another stable living environment.
Only 12 patients had urine toxicologies positive for illicit drugs or alcohol while in the program.
These findings support the possibility of applying the residential drug-free therapeutic community to dually diagnosed patients.
Mots-clés Pascal : Toxicomanie, Association morbide, Trouble psychiatrique, Traitement, Communauté thérapeutique, Sevrage toxique, Homme
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Drug addiction, Concomitant disease, Mental disorder, Treatment, Therapeutic community, Poison withdrawal, Human
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0402127
Code Inist : 002B18I15. Création : 19/12/1997.