substance misuse and the need for integrated services
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substance misuse and the need for integrated services

Adam Huxley Clinical Psychologist, Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Trust, Honorary Research Fellow, The University of Birmingham
Alex Copello Clinical Director, Substance Misuse Services, Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Trust, Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology, The University of Birmingham
Ed Day Senior Lecturer in Addiction Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, Queen Elizabeth Psychiatric Hospital, Birmingham

Along with the benefits of more people with learning disabilities living in the community there is the downside of an increased exposure to social problems, such as substance misuse. Adam Huxley and colleagues discuss the risks involved for these vulnerable people and what services can do to support them

Developing services for people with learning disabilities who misuse alcohol or drugs is not a seen as a priority by providers. Few researchers have focused on the aetiology, prevention and treatment of alcohol and drug abuse in this area (McGillicuddy and Blane 1999). As a result, there is a paucity of data regarding prevalence and severity of such problems in the UK.

Learning Disability Practice. 8, 6,14-17. doi: 10.7748/ldp2005.


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