Dual Diagnosis NICE Guidelines: Glossary

We aim to develop a collection of resources on complex mental health & addiction RECOVERY support

Coexisting severe mental illness and substance misuse: community health and social care services

Contingency management

Contingency management is a set of techniques that focus on changing specific behaviours. For example, in drug misuse, it involves offering incentives for positive behaviours such as abstinence or a reduction in illicit drug use, and participation in health-promoting interventions.

Dual diagnosis

Dual diagnosis usually refers to mental illness combined with substance misuse. But it may also be used to describe a number of other conditions, including physical health problems. In the UK social care sector, the term is sometimes used for people who have both a learning disability and a mental illness.


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