Assessment of Substance Use and SubstanceUse Disorders in SchizophreniaAuthor(s): Melanie E. Bennett
Assessment of substance use and substance-use disorders in schizophrenia presents unique challenges, but remains an important area for professionals working to understand and treat people with dual disorders. This paper reviews assessment of substance use, substance-use disorders, and related domains in people with schizophrenia. The first section includes a review of issues that make assessment of substance use and substance-use disorders particularly challenging in people with schizophrenia. This is followed by a review of measures that can be used to assess substance use and substance-use disorders in schizophrenia, including the strengths and weaknesses of different measures and information on the reliability and validity of each when available. The review concludes with a discussion of assessment considerations and uses of assessment in clinical practice.