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Diagnosis: Schizophrenia, Second Edition, second editionA Comprehensive Resource for Consumers, Families, and Helping Professionals$
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Rachel Miller and Susan Mason

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780231150415

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231150415.001.0001

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Drugs, Alcohol, and Safer Sex

Drugs, Alcohol, and Safer Sex

(p.141) 12 Drugs, Alcohol, and Safer Sex
Diagnosis: Schizophrenia, Second Edition, second edition

Rachel Miller

Susan E. Mason

Columbia University Press

This chapter discusses the issues of drugs, alcohol, and safe sex in relation to schizophrenia. Drugs and alcohol, in particular, are known to exacerbate psychotic symptoms in a patient—schizophrenics are particularly susceptible to substance abuse. Certain substances also tend to be incompatible with prescription drugs. Patients struggling with substance abuse have plenty of avenues for treating their addictive behavior, from simply removing themselves from peer groups that support unhealthy lifestyles to joining dual diagnosis programs that can treat both the psychiatric symptoms as well as the symptoms of substance abuse. Finally, patients must also practice safe sex by wearing condoms and using appropriate lubrication in order to reduce chances of further illness and hospitalization. At times, it might even be healthier to simply abstain in the long term.

Keywords:   drugs, alcohol, safe sex, psychotic symptoms, substance abuse, condoms, addictive behavior, dual diagnosis programs

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