Substance Abuse

Patients with schizophrenia have increased rates of all types of substance abuse (Dixon 1999; Cantor-Graae et al. 2001; Swofford et al. 2000; Walkup et al. 2001), as covered in detail later in this text (Chapter 9, "Substance Use Disorders in Schizophrenia"). The adverse psychiatric effects (Dixon 1999; Swofford et al. 2000) combined with medical problems caused by substance abuse lead to the expectation of increased morbidity and mortality in patients with schizophrenia who abuse drugs or alcohol. Thus, Dalmau et al. (1997) found that inclusion of schizophrenic patients with substance abuse in their study cohort increased the number of somatic conditions that occurred more frequently in schizophrenic patients than in a nonpsychiatric control population.

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