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Intensity of Acute Services, Self-help Attendance and One Year Outcomes Among Dual Diagnosis Patients
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Addiction and psychiatric treatment treatment systems are being challenged by increasing numbers of dual diagnosis patients (Burnam et al., 1995; Lehman et al., 1994). Compared with patients with have only substance abuse or psychiatric problems, patients with both problems demonstrate increased service usage as well as housing instability and legal difficulties (Drake et al., 1996; Jerrell and Ridgely, 1995). To relieve the strains on acute care services, providers are looking for less intensive modes of service delivery and informal systems of care, such as self-help programs, to help dual diagnosis patients. (Authors)
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