National Drug Strategy
National Drug Strategy

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

Preface

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The original comorbidity management guidelines were published in 2002 when it became apparent that there was a need for clinically relevant information concerning specific comorbidity patterns to be collated into one accessible resource. Most importantly, this resource provided clinicians with information on how best to manage individuals with comorbid mental disorders and substance use issues.

At the time, the information contained in the resource was based on clinician knowledge in the area and what management approaches were effective based on prior experience.

The updated guidelines provide a greater breadth of information on the same previously discussed topics and have a greater academic foundation.

The current guidelines also include information not previously included relating to brain injury, gambling, tobacco, inhalants and solvents.

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