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Closing the science-practice gap: introduction to the special issue on psychological interventions for comorbid addictions and mental health problems

Closing the science-practice gap: introduction to the special issue on psychological... Closing the science-practice gap: introduction to the special issue on psychological interventions for comorbid addictions and mental health problems Mental and substance use disorders dominate the top ten global causes of non- communicable diseases across the lifespan (Gore et al., 2011; World Health Organization, 2011). The co-existence of mental and substance use disorders (dual diagnosis) occurs in approximately 25% to 50% of substance users (Teesson et al., 2012), and is even higher when sub-threshold mental health symptoms are considered (Guest & Holland, 2011). Despite growing recognition and a rapidly increasing international evidence base for effective treatments, a serious level of unmet need for treatment exists for people experiencing dual diagnosis. The translation of evidence-based treatment into practice is weak, and a critical gap exists between what we ‘know’ and what we ‘do’ in utilizing effective treatments for this highly disadvantaged client group. In spite of the publication of guidelines promoting integrated care (e.g., Department of Health, 2002) and treatment competency frameworks (e.g., Hughes, 2006), a decade later integrated care still remains an unfulfilled vision for many mainstream healthcare services and is mostly confined to specialist treatment units (van Wamel, van Rooijen, & Kroon, 2015). It is essential that we http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Advances in Dual Diagnosis Emerald Publishing

Closing the science-practice gap: introduction to the special issue on psychological interventions for comorbid addictions and mental health problems

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Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
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1757-0972
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10.1108/ADD-06-2016-0013
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Abstract

Closing the science-practice gap: introduction to the special issue on psychological interventions for comorbid addictions and mental health problems Mental and substance use disorders dominate the top ten global causes of non- communicable diseases across the lifespan (Gore et al., 2011; World Health Organization, 2011). The co-existence of mental and substance use disorders (dual diagnosis) occurs in approximately 25% to 50% of substance users (Teesson et al., 2012), and is even higher when sub-threshold mental health symptoms are considered (Guest & Holland, 2011). Despite growing recognition and a rapidly increasing international evidence base for effective treatments, a serious level of unmet need for treatment exists for people experiencing dual diagnosis. The translation of evidence-based treatment into practice is weak, and a critical gap exists between what we ‘know’ and what we ‘do’ in utilizing effective treatments for this highly disadvantaged client group. In spite of the publication of guidelines promoting integrated care (e.g., Department of Health, 2002) and treatment competency frameworks (e.g., Hughes, 2006), a decade later integrated care still remains an unfulfilled vision for many mainstream healthcare services and is mostly confined to specialist treatment units (van Wamel, van Rooijen, & Kroon, 2015). It is essential that we

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Advances in Dual DiagnosisEmerald Publishing

Published: Aug 15, 2016

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