Dual diagnosis in an inpatient drug-abuse detoxification unit

Agnes Nocon, Daniel Bergé, Mónica Astals, Rocío Martín-Santos, Marta Torrens

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In Spain, detoxification in general hospitals plays an important role in the medical care of patients. We aim to provide clinicians with information on the prevalence and correlates of psychiatric co-morbidity in drug abusers in detoxification. A sample of 115 substance-abuse inpatients (mean age 31.9 ± 6.4 years) in a Detoxification Unit of a general university hospital was studied using the Spanish version of the PRISM. Most of the patients had multiple dependence diagnoses and co-morbid axis I or axis II psychiatric disorders. Patients with dual diagnosis showed lower psychosocial functioning than patients without co-morbidity and more dependence diagnoses due to cannabis and sedatives. A total of 80% of the patients successfully completed the detoxification process. The present results enhance the value of detoxification in a general hospital as a first step of the overall treatment strategy. Copyright © 2007 S. Karger AG.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)192-200
JournalEuropean Addiction Research
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2007


  • Co-morbidity
  • Detoxification
  • Dual diagnosis
  • General hospital
  • Illegal drugs
  • Mental disorders
  • Substance use disorders


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