Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Social Work


School of Social Work

First Reader/Committee Chair

Janet Chang


Treating people with co-occurring or dual diagnosis disorders requires an integrated treatment approach due to the complex health and social needs of people who suffer from mental illness and drug addiction. An integrated approach is not only necessary but crucial to treat both the drug addiction and mental illness concurrently. The aim of this study is to explore the impact that non- integrated care can have on the number of relapses that dually diagnosed people can have. The study found that there is no correlation between concurrent treatment and the number of relapses that dually diagnosed people may have. Social workers will need to be able to recognize mental illness that co-occurs with substance use in order to effectively treat clients to determine what treatment approach should be used. Social workers are trained to use a biopsychosocial approach to capture all aspects of the client’s life. This I especially important for clients that may be dually diagnosed.