Substance abuse is a common feature of many types of psychiatric disorders. The rate in schizophrenia is one of the highest for all psychiatric disorders (1). Comorbidity for substance abuse in schizophrenia has an important influence on course of illness, relapse, quality of life, morbidity, and compliance. High comorbidity for substance abuse may be related in part to biological factors. This chapter reviews the factors contributing to comorbidity for substance abuse in schizophrenia and the role of atypical antipsychotic drug in the treatment of substance abuse in patients with schizophrenia.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Substance Abuse in the Mentally and Physically Disabled|
|Number of pages||26|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2001|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)