Family therapy in substance abuse disorders: A follow-up study

C. Bressi, G. Cerveri, F. Cova, P. Frongia, L. Maggi, E. Razzoli, V. Zirulia, G. Invernizzi

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Objective of the present research is to evaluate the impact that substance abuse has on time course of schizophrenia and the efficacy of Systemic Family Therapy intervention in decreasing the relapse rate. In the present study we have selected a group of 40 subjects suffering from schizophrenia. 19 patients (45%) have a co-diagnosis of substance abuse. In this group, for 6 patients (33%) Systemic Family Therapy intervention has been associated with routine psychiatric treatment. From the study of disease course in 34 patients with schizophrenia diagnosis undergone just routine psychiatric treatment, it results that subjects which were substance abusers have a significantly increased relapse rate compared with those schizophrenic patients who didn't have substance abuse co-diagnosis, both at 12 (p = 0.04) and 24 months (p = 0.01) follow-up. The contemporary presence of schizophrenia diagnosis and substance abuse seems to worsen the prognosis; Systemic Family Therapy intervention appears to significantly reduce the relapse rate.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-40
Number of pages8
JournalNew Trends in Experimental and Clinical Psychiatry
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1999


  • Drug addicts
  • Schizophrenia
  • Systemic Family Therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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