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Dual substance abusers seeking treatment: Demographic, substance-related, and treatment utilization characteristics

(2008) Journal of Drug Issues. 38(2). p.559-583
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High comorbidity exists between alcohol and drug-related disorders. However, little information is available on characteristics of clients abusing both alcohol and illicit drugs (so-called dual substance abusers). The proportion of dual substance abusers and their characteristics are examined in a sample of 1, 626 clients seeking treatment in one of the 16 participating centers in the province of Antwerp (Belgium). More than a quarter of all clients were identified as dual substance abusers. Their characteristics correspond better to those of drug abusers than to those of alcohol abusers, but compared to the former, they are younger, more often male, use more types of illicit substances and more often use stimulating substances. Alcohol is often underestimated in substance use patterns. Thorough alcohol assessment, early intervention, and preventive actions are needed within the drug treatment system, and closer collaboration with the alcohol treatment system is absolutely essential.
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Alcohol, drugs, service utilisation, treatment, dual use

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Colpaert, Kathy, Wouter Vanderplasschen, Guido Van Hal, Eric Broekaert, and Gilberte Schuyten. 2008. “Dual Substance Abusers Seeking Treatment: Demographic, Substance-related, and Treatment Utilization Characteristics.” Journal of Drug Issues 38 (2): 559–583.
APA
Colpaert, Kathy, Vanderplasschen, W., Van Hal, G., Broekaert, E., & Schuyten, G. (2008). Dual substance abusers seeking treatment: Demographic, substance-related, and treatment utilization characteristics. Journal of Drug Issues, 38(2), 559–583.
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Colpaert K, Vanderplasschen W, Van Hal G, Broekaert E, Schuyten G. Dual substance abusers seeking treatment: Demographic, substance-related, and treatment utilization characteristics. Journal of Drug Issues. 2008;38(2):559–83.
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Colpaert, Kathy, Wouter Vanderplasschen, Guido Van Hal, et al. “Dual Substance Abusers Seeking Treatment: Demographic, Substance-related, and Treatment Utilization Characteristics.” Journal of Drug Issues 38.2 (2008): 559–583. Print.
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  abstract     = {High comorbidity exists between alcohol and drug-related disorders. However, little information is available on characteristics of clients abusing both alcohol and illicit drugs (so-called dual substance abusers). The proportion of dual substance abusers and their characteristics are examined in a sample of 1, 626 clients seeking treatment in one of the 16 participating centers in the province of Antwerp (Belgium). More than a quarter of all clients were identified as dual substance abusers. Their characteristics correspond better to those of drug abusers than to those of alcohol abusers, but compared to the former, they are younger, more often male, use more types of illicit substances and more often use stimulating substances. Alcohol is often underestimated in substance use patterns. Thorough alcohol assessment, early intervention, and preventive actions are needed within the drug treatment system, and closer collaboration with the alcohol treatment system is absolutely essential.},
  author       = {Colpaert, Kathy and Vanderplasschen, Wouter and Van Hal, Guido and Broekaert, Eric and Schuyten, Gilberte},
  issn         = {0022-0426},
  journal      = {Journal of Drug Issues},
  keyword      = {Alcohol,drugs,service utilisation,treatment,dual use},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {559--583},
  title        = {Dual substance abusers seeking treatment: Demographic, substance-related, and treatment utilization characteristics},
  volume       = {38},
  year         = {2008},
}

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