Among individuals with substance use disorders, comorbidity with other psychiatric disorders is common and often noted as the rule rather than the exception. According to the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, among adults aged 18 or older, the percentage with co-occurring serious mental illness (SMI) and substance use disorder was 1.4% (3.6 million people).
Standard care providing integrated treatment for comorbid diagnoses simultaneously has been shown to be effective. Digital interventions have the potential to provide a cost-effective platform for greater accessibility to integrated treatments. While many digital platforms and mobile apps have been developed for independent psychiatric disorders, co-occurring illness has largely been neglected.
This presentation will focus on the landscape of digital interventions for co-occurring substance use and psychiatric disorders, in particular those for individuals with SMI. An example will be presented to describe the feasibility of providing gender-specific care to address substance use problems in young adult women receiving mental health treatment.