Treatment and Intervention
Despite the increasing use of the internet by the general community to access information about alcohol/other drug use and related conditions, there remains no central portal through which people can reliably access a range of evidence-based information and treatment for alcohol/other drug use.
Trauma and post traumatic stress disorder are highly prevalent among people with substance use disorders. There is however, a dearth of literature as to how best to treat this comorbidity.
Homelessness is a prevailing issue in contemporary Australian society and yet little is known about the social and economic costs to the individual and to the community.
Prevalence rates of mental disorders among homeless persons typically exceed general population estimates. Despite the high level of need in the homeless population, access to appropriate services is limited, particularly among those with co-occurring substance use and other mental disorders.
Ecstasy is one of the few drugs that has become more prominent within the Australian community, particularly among young people.
Heroin dependence is a chronic relapsing condition, associated with high levels of psychopathology. On entry to treatment approximately one quarter of heroin users meet criteria for Major Depression (MD), and this comorbidity has been linked to poorer treatment outcomes.