Comorbidity: mental health and substance use at Addiction 2015

Comorbidity (co-occurence) of mental disorders and substance use disorders is widespread and often associated with poor treatment outcome, severe illness course and high service use. People with mental disorders and substance use frequently need care from several different health disciplines. To deliver a holistic care plan for Addiction treatment the communication between all clinicians and service providers need to be coordinated Comorbidity Comorbidity will be addressed at The Australian & New Zealand Addiction …

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Adolescent “non-drinkers” increases sharply over a decade

Rates of non-drinking among Australian adolescents aged 14-17 years have increased sharply over the past decade with over half now abstaining from alcohol. The percentage of Australian adolescents who did not drink, defined as not drinking alcohol over the past 12 months, jumped from 33 per cent in 2001 to just over 50 per cent in 2010. Dr Michael Livingston from the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) said …

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Alcohol Action in Rural Communities

Read the full story here A multi-million dollar research project involving 20 towns throughout NSW has shown that coordinated community action does reduce excessive alcohol consumption and harms. Comprising 13 evidence-based, community-led interventions over a period of five years, and $2.4 million in funding from FARE, the ambitious project is the largest and most rigorous evaluation of a community action approach to reduce risky alcohol consumption and related harms, ever …

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