Integrated Treatment for Dual Disorders


Substance abuse in persons with severe mental illness (dual disorders) is a common problem for many consumers that contributes to a worse course of illness. Recent advances have shown that treatment is most effective when it integrates both mental health and substance abuse services into a cohesive package that is delivered in a manner informed by the consumer’s motivation to change and his or her level of involvement in the treatment system.

This presentation will briefly highlight the problem of dual disorders, and then describe the fundamental ingredients of integrated treatment. Special emphasis will be placed on the stages of treatment. This webcast provides a learning aid for clinicians to match their interventions to consumers’ individual motivations to work on their substance abuse or mental health problems.

Recorded: January 14, 2004 
Speakers: Kim Mueser, Ph.D.


Mueser, K. T., Noordsy, D. L., Drake, R. E., & Fox, L. (2003). Integrated treatment for dual disorders: A guide to effective practice. New York: Guilford Press.

Doyle Pita, D., & Spaniol, L. (2002). A comprehensive guide for integrated treatment of people with co-Occuring disorders. Boston:Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation.