BACKGROUND: Individuals with a mild intellectual disability or borderline intellectual functioning (MBID) are at risk for psychiatric disorders, including addictive disorders. Treatment of these disorders is often complicated by co-morbidity as well as caregiver's and practitioner's struggle to effectively help. AIM: To provide guidelines for psychiatrists to organize and deliver treatment to patients with MBID and addiction. METHOD: Based ona case study, we describe obstacles in the care for patients with MBID and addiction, and provide guidelines to overcome these. RESULTS: The Netherlands are leading in providing proper care for patients with MBID and addiction. However, available treatment protocols are not widely implemented. CONCLUSION: Staff needs to be trained in working with patients with MBID and addiction, and interagency collaboration needs to be put in place. This is a collective responsibility of addiction medicine, general psychiatry, and disability services.
|Translated title of the contribution||Substance use disorder in individuals with mild intellectual disabilities; collaboration needed|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Tijdschrift voor psychiatrie|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Nov 2019|
- Intellectual disability
- Substance use disorder