Use of legal drugs by psychiatric outpatients: Benefits, costs, and change

Kate B. Carey, Stephen A. Maisto, Michael P. Carey, Christopher M. Gordon, Christopher J. Correia

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Caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol use by persons with a severe mental illness occurs frequently but is poorly understood. We used qualitative methods to elicit information regarding the functional relationships between legal substance use and its antecedents and consequences. This report summarizes responses provided by 37 psychiatric outpatients who participated in focus groups and key informant interviews regarding the use and functions of alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine. We describe major themes regarding positive and negative consequences, triggers for use, change efforts, and offer observations regarding substance use in this underserved population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15-22
Number of pages8
JournalCognitive and Behavioral Practice
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology


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