Chapter 1. Understanding Dual Diagnosis: An Overview

  1. Professor G. Hussein Rassool MSc, BA, RN, FETC, RCNT, RNT MILT, FRSH Cert. Ed., Cert. Couns., Cert in Supervision & Consultation1,2,3
  1. G.H. Rassool

Published Online: 11 FEB 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470774953.ch1

Dual Diagnosis Nursing

Dual Diagnosis Nursing

How to Cite

Rassool, G.H. (2006) Understanding Dual Diagnosis: An Overview, in Dual Diagnosis Nursing (ed G. H. Rassool), Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470774953.ch1

Editor Information

  1. 1

    Addiction & Mental Health, Departamento de Psiquiatria e Ciências Humanas da Escola de Enfermagem de Ribeirão Preto da Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

  2. 2

    Visiting Professor Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil

  3. 3

    Formerly Senior Lecturer in Addictive Behaviour, Department of Addictive Behaviour & Psychological Medicine, Centre for Addiction Studies, St George's Hospital, University of London, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 11 FEB 2008
  2. Published Print: 30 OCT 2006

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405119023

Online ISBN: 9780470774953



  • dual diagnosis;
  • mental health;
  • illicit drugs;
  • social interactions;
  • health problems


This chapter contains section titled:

  • Introduction

  • Concepts and Classifications

  • Prevalence

  • Complex Problems, Complex Needs

  • Aetiological Theories: Reasons Why Individuals With Mental Health Problems Use Psychoactive Substances

  • Principles of Treatment

  • Models of Treatment: Whose Patient Anyway?

  • Intervention Strategies

  • Conclusion

  • References