Joint mental health and substance use assessments for improved treatment outcomes

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Dee Lockhart
Dec 6, 2020
These two issues are often impossible to disentangle, with one feeding the other.

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Louise Hallett
Nov 22, 2020
There are too many people who fall between substance abuse care and rehab, and mental illness care and treatment - and far too few places that will address the combined issues which are SO often inseparable. THE CHANGE MUST BE MADE

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Wendy Dossett
Nov 21, 2020
A joint approach is essential to dual-diagnosis. The clue is in the name of the diagnosis. So many are needlessly falling between the cracks.

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Evans Jane
Nov 12, 2020
This form of support is long over due. Please stop prevaricating and do it.

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Margo Horsley
Nov 10, 2020
This is a huge issue. Single pathway health provision and spurious rules built on prejudice and misguided understanding means lives are lost.
At a time of crisis, people asking for support should get it, whatever the cost.

It doesnt happen if you have a broken leg and a broken arm together, so why cant the same principles apply!

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Thomas Carroll
Nov 10, 2020
Because I manage a drugs and alcohol agency and understand that we are wasting time, money and energy mistreating dual diagnosis

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Christopher Thornton
Nov 10, 2020
I have seen friends struggle with these issues, nobody more so than Sam, he is an inspiration and I know he will turn his difficult time and experiences into something positive that will make him stronger but just as importantly something that others can benefit from. There is a big issue that needs to be addressed by the relevant authorities and I believe Sam is right and a collaborative approach would be so beneficial to so many people that are struggling.

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Jo Horton-Taylor
Nov 9, 2020
As a previous substance misuse practitioner. I saw how our client group was cast aside by the mental health team. They believe one should get drug/drink free before they can engage. A large number of sub misuse clients have underlying mental health issues and use substances to help with that. Research suggests that clients need to stay medicated whilst engaging. If they are forced to remove the one thing they believe is holding them together, we run the risk of the client disengaging or worse dieing because they do not believe they can live without their substance of choice. Very sad, it takes time, engagement and a therapeutic relationship where they feel believed and supported. Not criticised and forced to engage in behaviours that they do not wish to engage with. I fear mental health teams and services make judgements and condemn the client before even being willing to engage the client. Clients are stigmatised and side lined, many in the health field do not believe that people can change. But they can and they do, with the right intervention and the right support.

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Deborah Smith
Nov 9, 2020
Absolutely agree with the statement ,and have experience within the family to back this up!

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Bernadette Pollock
Nov 8, 2020
No explanation needed. Its self explanatory