7.2.4 Substance abuse
(refer also to section 9 Substance misuse (including alcohol, illicit drugs and prescription drug misuse))
People with a ‘dual diagnosis’ of a psychiatric condition and drug or alcohol abuse are likely to be at higher risk and warrant careful consideration. The assessment should seek to identify the potential relevance of:
- problematic alcohol consumption
- use of illicit substances
- prescription drug abuse (e.g. increased use of benzodiazepines, sedatives or painkillers).