The NHS is failing people with mental health and substance use problems After 15 years of initiatives, staff still lack compassion and many of the national programmes have disappeared.
People who have mental health along with substance use problems (known as dual diagnosis) have multiple needs, and yet struggle to find services to help them.
Those with complex needs have often experienced a great deal of adversity in their lives, including childhood abuse and deprivation, loss of close family, and poverty. As an adult, having multiple needs brings consequences such as homelessness, unemployment and exploitation, and there is a high risk of poor physical health, suicide, self-harm and of perpetrating violence. Those with dual diagnosis are also unpopular, partly because of society’s entrenched attitudes to substance use problems, which are perceived as a lifestyle choice rather than a health condition deserving of care and treatment. Continue reading... The Guardian