Opioid Dependence in Schizophrenia: Understanding the Co-occurrence and Implications

Author(s): Marcos Altable*, Juan Moises de la Serna, Emilio Diaz-Moreno and Muhammad Akram


Opioid dependence is a serious concern in individuals with schizophrenia, as the co-occurrence of these 2 conditions presents unique challenges in diagnosis, treatment, and recovery. This article provides an overview of the relationship between opioid dependence and schizophrenia, exploring the factors contributing to their co-occurrence, potential mechanisms underlying this comorbidity, and evidence-based interventions. By understanding the complexities of this dual diagnosis, mental health professionals can develop comprehensive strategies to address both conditions effectively.

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