Ivn D. Montoya, MD, MPH


Lifetime Psychiatric Comorbidity of Illicit Drug Use Disorders

April 01, 2007

What is comorbidity? Psychiatric comorbidity refers to the occurrence of 2 or more mental or substance use disorders within a certain period. Research shows that comorbidity of substance use and other psychiatric disorders is common and often worsens the prognosis for each disorder.

Treatment Compliance in Patients With Co-Occurring Mental Illness and Substance Abuse

January 01, 2006

Treatment compliance is a crucial determinant of the outcome of any disease. Poor treatment compliance can worsen the prognosis and significantly increase health care costs. Effective methods to improve treatment compliance for individuals with comorbid mental illness and SUDs will translate in better outcome for the patients and significant health care cost savings.