Academic Papers

Information on a number of areas to explore around co-occurring mental health, alcohol and drugs (COMHAD)

NICE Guidance

Coexisting severe mental illness and substance misuse: community health and social care services NICE guideline [NG58] Published date: 30 November 2016 Evidence Click here


Cleary, M, Hunt, GE, Matheson, SL, Siegfried, N & Walter G 2008, ‘Psychosocial Interventions for People with both Severe Mental Illness and Substance Misuse’, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Issue 1, Art. No.: CD001088. DOI: 10.1002/14651858. 2.

Drake, RE & Mueser, KT 2000, ‘Psychosocial Approaches to Dual Diagnosis’, Schizophrenia Bulletin, 26(1), pp.105-118.

Kavanagh, DJ, McGrath, J, Saunders, JB, Dore, G & Clark, D 2002, ‘Substance Misuse in Patients with Schizophrenia: Epidemiology and Management. Therapy in Practice’, Drugs, 62(5), pp743-755.

Philips, P & Johnson, S 2003, ‘Drug and Alcohol Misuse among In-patients with Psychotic Illnesses in Three Inner-London Psychiatric Units’, Psychiatric Bulletin, 27, pp.217-220.

Tiet, QQ & Mausbach, B 2007, ‘Treatments for People with Dual Diagnosis: A Review’, Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 31(4), pp.1-24.

Evidence note: Screening tools, detoxification and vitamin supplementation for alcohol dependence. NHS Quality Improvement Scotland (2007)


Day, E 2007, Clinical Topics in Addiction, RCPsych, London.

Dennison, SJ 2003, Handbook for the Dually Diagnosed Patient, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia.

Miller, WR & Rollnick, S 2002, Motivational Interviewing: Preparing People for Change, Guilford Press, London.

Rassool, G 2006, Dual Diagnosis Nursing, Blackwell, Oxford.

Rickford, D & Edgar, K 2005, Troubled Inside: Responding to the Mental Health Needs of Men in Prison, Prison Reform Trust, London.


INTRODUCTION TO MENTAL HEALTH–SUBSTANCE USE Book 1 ISBN: 9781846193392 224 pages Paperback


Edited by David B Cooper, Editor-in-Chief, Mental Health and Substance Use These two books are the first in a six-volume series addressing a vital area and complex area of contemporary healthcare, with equally complex implications for individuals and their families, health professionals and society. Although its international recognition as an issue of critical importance is growing, clear guidance for professionals on mental health–substance use and its treatment has been hard to find.

The Mental Health–Substance Use series has been written to address this need, concentrating on concerns, dilemmas and concepts that impact on the life and well-being of affected individuals and those close to them, and the future direction of practice, education, research, services, interventions, and treatment.

Introduction to Mental Health–Substance Use outlines the specific health issues, experiential aspects, treatment options and wider implications of mental health–substance use, as well as defining the field, through contributions from international experts and practitioners.

Developing Services in Mental Health–Substance Use, the second volume, tackles service development: how to evaluate the current state from a firm knowledge base, plan and manage change to provide better services, and continue monitoring and evaluating them on an ongoing basis.

Subsequent volumes, released in 2011, will continue to challenge concepts and stimulate debate, exploring all aspects of the development in treatment, intervention and care responses, and the adoption of research-led best practice. They series will be essential reading for mental health and substance use professionals, students and educators. For full details on this series, please visit:

European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction

The latest substance misuse data collated across Europe can be accessed here and most recent dual diagnosis / co-occurring mental health, alcohol and drug best practice options across Europe can be accessed here

Progress - National Consortium of Consultant Nurses in Dual Diagnosis & Substance Use