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Better outcomes for people with ‘a lot of problems’: the Making Every Adult Matter (MEAM) coalition

Better outcomes for people with ‘a lot of problems’: the Making Every Adult Matter (MEAM) coalition NEWS Marcus Roberts Director of Policy and Membership, DrugScope, UK Many of the people with whom drug services work arrive at the door with problems that are like big complicated knots that have to be unpicked by the services that work with them. They have lots of problems in their lives. Dual diagnosis is routine. Research published in 2002 by the National Treatment Agency (Weaver et al, 2000) found that 75% of clients of drug treatment services and 85% in alcohol services had mental health problems, most frequently anxiety and/or depression. But ‘dual diagnosis’ has its context too. The bigger picture will often include family breakdown, abuse and trauma, recent imprisonment and homelessness. Substance misuse problems and mental health issues often cannot be tackled independently. It is equally true that making progress with either (or both) often depends on sorting out other issues in people’s lives – for example, finding a safe and secure place to live. Paradoxically, we find that those who have the most complex and entrenched problems may have particular difficulties in accessing services. People with multiple needs can experience multiple exclusions. Despite the best efforts of all sectors, provision of services to people with http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Advances in Dual Diagnosis Pier Professional

Better outcomes for people with ‘a lot of problems’: the Making Every Adult Matter (MEAM) coalition

Advances in Dual Diagnosis , Volume 2 (4) – Dec 1, 2009

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Pier Professional
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Copyright © 2009 by Pier Professional Limited
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1757-0972
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2042-8324
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10.5042/add.2010.0103
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NEWS Marcus Roberts Director of Policy and Membership, DrugScope, UK Many of the people with whom drug services work arrive at the door with problems that are like big complicated knots that have to be unpicked by the services that work with them. They have lots of problems in their lives. Dual diagnosis is routine. Research published in 2002 by the National Treatment Agency (Weaver et al, 2000) found that 75% of clients of drug treatment services and 85% in alcohol services had mental health problems, most frequently anxiety and/or depression. But ‘dual diagnosis’ has its context too. The bigger picture will often include family breakdown, abuse and trauma, recent imprisonment and homelessness. Substance misuse problems and mental health issues often cannot be tackled independently. It is equally true that making progress with either (or both) often depends on sorting out other issues in people’s lives – for example, finding a safe and secure place to live. Paradoxically, we find that those who have the most complex and entrenched problems may have particular difficulties in accessing services. People with multiple needs can experience multiple exclusions. Despite the best efforts of all sectors, provision of services to people with

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Advances in Dual DiagnosisPier Professional

Published: Dec 1, 2009

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