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Exploring the Mental health of substance-misusing parents.

There are disproportionate rates of psychiatric disorders among people who are substance misusers. Menezes et al (1996) reported that about one-third of inner-city patients with a severe mental illness had a substance misuse co-morbidity. A separate study found that 12% of addiction service clients also had severe mental illnesses (Virgo et al, 2001). The implications for children who have parents who are substance misusers may be dire and long term. Recognising the potential mental ...

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