National Drug Strategy
National Drug Strategy

Comorbidity of mental disorders and substance use: a brief guide for the primary care clinician

2.3 General management

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Management should be based on the patient's readiness for change. This readiness for change might be different for the management of the substance use than for the mental disorder. For example, the patient may be ready to address their mental disorder and engage in treatment but not yet ready to alter their substance use, and vice versa.

Management should aim to increase the patient's awareness of the negative effect that the substance use and the mental disorder are having on each other.

Management should involve family or carers where appropriate.

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