Psychiatric diagnosis and prediction of drug and alcohol dependence

J. L. Croughan, J. P. Miller, A. Matar, B. Y. Whitman

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Some sociodemographic variables that have distinguished the future addict from the general population have not been found to predict outcome in those already dependent. This study demonstrates that a past history of specific psychiatric disorders is predictive of outcome in narcotic addicts. Future research should focus on interactions among past histories, past and present personality and motivation, and situational variables in a search for reliable clinical prognostic factors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)353-356
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Clinical Psychiatry
Issue number9 I
StatePublished - 1982


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