17. Complex and Special Needs in Addiction

  1. Professor G. Hussein Rassool PhD, MSc, BA, FRSPH, ILTM Cert. Ed., Cert. Couns., Cert. Director Visiting Professor Formerly Senior Lecturer1,2,3

Published Online: 4 SEP 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444327816.ch17

Addiction for Nurses

Addiction for Nurses

How to Cite

Rassool, G. H. (2010) Complex and Special Needs in Addiction, in Addiction for Nurses, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444327816.ch17

Author Information

  1. 1

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

  2. 2

    Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil

  3. 3

    Department of Addictive Behaviour and Psychological Medicine, Centre for Addiction Studies, St George's University of London, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 SEP 2010
  2. Published Print: 15 OCT 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405187466

Online ISBN: 9781444327816



  • complex and special needs in addiction;
  • dual diagnosis - coexistence of substance misuse and psychiatric disorders;
  • issues related to addiction - focusing on physical health and dual diagnosis;
  • people who misuse drugs, alcohol or other substances - causing considerable harm to themselves and to society;
  • injecting drug users, at high risk of acquiring blood-borne viruses - as HIV and hepatitis C virus;
  • alcohol and mental health problem relationship;
  • alcohol, drug misuse and mental health problems - that people ‘self-medicate’ their psychological health problems;
  • major problems - faced by patients with complex needs


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Physical health

  • Dual diagnosis: substance misuse and psychiatric disorders

  • Relationship of alcohol, drugs and mental health problems

  • Patients with complex needs

  • Nursing interventions with dual diagnosis patients

  • References