Factors Related to Simultaneous Cocaine and Alcohol Use for Clients in TreatmentMacdonald S1*, Mac Intyre P2, Joordens C3, Stockwell T4 and Martin G5
- *Corresponding Author:
- Scott Macdonald
Centre for Addictions Research of BC
and School of Health Information Science
University of Victoria, 1700 STN CSC
V8W 2Y2, Victoria, BC, Canada
Tel: 250 - 472-5933
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: February 13, 2015; Accepted date: March 26, 2015; Published date: March 29, 2015
Citation: Macdonald S, Mac Intyre P, Joordens C, Stockwell T, Martin G (2015) Factors Related to Simultaneous Cocaine and Alcohol Use for Clients in Treatment. J Alcohol Drug Depend 3:193. doi: 10.4172/2329-6488.1000193
Copyright: ©2015 Macdonald S, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Research shows that alcohol and cocaine are frequently used simultaneously; however, few field studies have been conducted on the patterns, functions and contexts of simultaneous cocaine and alcohol use. Simultaneous use is typically defined as using both substances within a three hour period of one another . Several studies have shown that a large majority of treatment clients with cocaine problems also drink alcohol . The health profiles of treatment clients concurrently dependent on cocaine and alcohol compared to those who are dependent on either cocaine alone or alcohol alone has recently been reported . In this study, health consequences across four dimensions of physical, social, mental and economic health were similar for the concurrent and cocaine group, but both of these groups had significantly worse health profiles across all dimensions than those dependent on alcohol alone.