Understanding mental health and substance abuse

Understanding mental health and substance abuse

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The purpose of this assessment is for you to demonstrate your understanding of the complex needs of clients with comorbid mental health and substance abuse problems.

‘The Clients presenting to our Mental Health Service who are intoxicated or use drugs and alcohol should just be referred to the Drug and Alcohol service. We can’t help them with their mental health problems until they stop using drugs and/or alcohol’’

Discuss this statement with reference to clients with dual diagnosis of mental health and drugs and alcohol abuse.

You essay should aIDress:-

Epidemiology & aetiology
Assessment of clients with comorbid mental health and drug and alcohol problems
Duty of care
Analysis of best practice models, tools and guidelines available for providing optimum care.

You should also include reference to:-

Motivation and behavioural change
Case management
The therapeutic relationship
Families and carers.


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