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Treatments for dual diagnosis

What is dual diagnosis?

Several treatments have been targeted to people with ‘dual diagnosis’; both a psychiatric disorder and a substance use disorder. Studies of dual diagnosis may investigate the availability and effectiveness of treatments for either diagnosis, including symptom severity, substance use, social functioning, quality of life, and also, cognition.

What is the evidence for treatments for dual diagnosis?

Low quality evidence is unclear as to any benefit of pharmaceutical treatments for dual diagnosis.

Review authors conclude that the valproate and naltrexone may be effective for reducing excessive alcohol consumption. Citicoline may decrease cocaine use and enhance declarative memory.

April 2019

Last updated at: 1:05 am, 2nd April 2019
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