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REPORT TO CONGRESS ON THE PREVENTION AND TREATMENT OF CO-OCCURRING SUBSTANCE ABUSE DISORDERS AND MENTAL DISORDERS

 

 


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Chapter 1 - Characteristics and Needs of the Population - Summary

 

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Summary

The problem of co-occurring substance abuse disorders and mental disorders can no longer be ignored. Research and practice indicates that individuals of all ages - children, adolescents, adults, and older adults - who have co-occurring disorders have multiple, interactive conditions that complicate their treatment and, when left untreated, produce negative outcomes. Individuals with co-occurring disorders are not the exception in substance abuse and mental health treatment systems. It is expected that an individual with a mental disorder is at increased risk for developing a substance abuse disorder and, conversely, that a person with a substance abuse disorder is at increased risk for developing a mental disorder.

 

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