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Psychiatr Serv. 2001 Apr;52(4):526-8.

A comparison of long-term and short-term residential treatment programs for dual diagnosis patients.

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New Hampshire-Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center, Dartmouth Medical School, Concord, New Hampshire 03301, USA.


The authors compared measures of process and six-month outcomes for 45 individuals who were treated in a long-term residential treatment program for patients with dual diagnoses with measures for 39 individuals who were treated in a short-term program. They also compared outcomes for individuals within each group. Those who received long-term treatment experienced improvements between entry into the program and six-month follow-up, and they were more likely to have engaged in treatment than individuals in the short-term group. At follow-up, individuals in the long-term residential treatment group were more likely to have maintained abstinence and less likely to have experienced homelessness than those in the short-term group.

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