A GROUP of articles in this issue of the Archives focuses on drug abuse and addiction. Most of these articles deal with treatment in one aspect or another. In aggregate, they are a bit like a cafeteria, providing a sampling of some of the most important and difficult issues facing the field. These issues include the pervasiveness of comorbidity between mental disorders and substance abuse and the realities of polydrug use as the norm in drug abuse and addiction. Another issue addressed that has not received enough attention concerns matching treatments to the individual needs of the patient. Questions of treatment and services matching are particularly timely in the current climate, in which managed care is dominating health services provision systems and evolving rapidly.
See also pages 696, 700, 706, 713, 721, 730, and 737
These articles are a part of what might be thought of as a new generation