South African Family Practice

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Dealing with substance use disorders in general practice

SC Pasche, DJ Stein


Substance use disorders are highly prevalent in South Africa. General practitioners are often the first point of contact and play an essential role in correctly identifying the substance use problem. This article provides an overview of the importance of screening for and assessing substance use disorders and identifying the severity of the substance use disorder, so that the right level of management can be ensured. It also examines associated co-morbidities and provides a general overview of the management of substance use disorders.

S Afr Fam Pract 2012;54(5):404-407
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