Substance use

Therapies for dual diagnosis

What is dual diagnosis?

Dual diagnosis is a term that refers to having both a mental illness such as bipolar disorder and a substance use problem. Studies of dual diagnosis investigate the effectiveness and availability of treatments for improving outcomes relating to either diagnosis, such as symptoms, functioning, quality of life, substance use, or cognitive problems.

What is the evidence for treatments for dual diagnosis?

Low quality evidence is unclear as to any benefit of CBT for bipolar disorder symptoms or substance use. Review authors report some inconsistent improvements in outcomes and that more research is needed.

June 2020

Last updated at: 6:22 am, 26th August 2021
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