Treatment of substance abuse can lessen risk of future violence in mentally ill, study finds –

BUFFALO, N.Y. — If a person is dually diagnosed with a severe mental illness and a substance abuse problem, are improvements in their mental health or in their substance abuse most likely to reduce the risk of future violence?

Although some may believe that improving symptoms of mental illness is more likely to lessen the risk for future episodes of violence, a new study from the University at Buffalo Research Institute on Addictions (RIA) suggests that reducing substance abuse has a greater influence in reducing violent acts by patients with severe mental illness.

– See more at: http://www.buffalo.edu/news/releases/2014/09/059.html#sthash.dxXXty3R.dpuf

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