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Rachel Carlson Dual Diagnosis Integrated Treatment Intervention April 19, 2009 Rehab 586
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Working in the human service field, many complaints I hear from consumers based on their treatment is the high turnover rate of the mental health professionals they receive. They tell their story and history and try to establish rapport with new professionals and once they become comfortable with one counselor, clinician, therapist etc. they receive a new one. Having instances like this occur, not only is stressful on the consumers and causes much anxiety but also pertinent information can fall through the cracks because they overlap of professionals and programs do not have proper communication. This may be because of having the constant change of professionals and not communicated the proper information to the new staff members. But also because of many different programs within the agencies and programs that are used for one consumer throughout different agencies do not have proper communication to keep all the professionals on the similar goals with the consumers. There is a saying I found while doing my research that is,” Too many cooks spoil the soup.”(John Bosworth, LMSW) John Bosworth, is a liscenced Mental Helath Counselor. He expressed that when it comes to a mental health illness, too many clinicians involved can ruin the treatment plan for the consumer. I think it is important to clarify what exactly dual diagnosis is. After much discussion with other mental health professionals and consumers, I feel that many professionals are not fully aware of what a dual diagnosis consumer actually means. Dual diagnosis and dual disorders are terms that are used interchangeably to describe individuals who have both a severe mental illness and a substance use disorder. The term co-occurring disorders is sometimes also used to refer to dual disorders. (Mueser,2003) Fifty-three percent of drug abusers and 37% of alcohol abusers have at least one serious mental illness. Roughly 50% of individuals with severe mental disorders are affected by substance abuse. (Cutter,2008)
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