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Prof. Miguel Casas

Sociedad Española de Patología Dual

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III International Congress on Dual Disorders. Barcelona 2013
23-26 October 2013




Dear colleague,

We are pleased to welcome you to the “II INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON DUAL DISORDERS: Addictive Behaviours and other Mental Disorders”, to be held in Barcelona, Spain, from the 5th to the 8th October 2011.

Dual Disorders/ Dual Diagnosis/ Dual Pathology/ Co-occurrence Disorders, are related concepts describing the comorbid presence of substance use disorders and other mental disorders in an increasing number of patients of our every day clinical practice.

The Spanish Society of Dual Pathology (SEPD) kindly invites all professionals in the field of Addictions, Addiction Psychiatry and Mental Heath, to debate the state of the art of Dual Disorders as one of today’s main Mental Health challenges.

After the successful “I International Congress” that was held in Madrid in 2008, the aim of this new edition is to offer a platform on which professionals in the field of mental health and addictions, together with the main opinion leaders in this area, can review and share recent knowledge and developments. The themes to be addressed are the etiopathogenesis, diagnosis and therapeutics of Dual Disorders, from molecular biology to daily clinical practice and from prevention strategies to recovery programs.

The possibilities for participating, both in English or Spanish, are extensive for all fields related to Dual Disorders, through the plenary sessions, symposia, workshops, meetings with the expert, educational update sessions, oral communications and posters.

We have also scheduled a special two day symposia entitled “Parallel Symposia on Self Medication and Self Regulation in Dual Diagnosis” in order to review the evidence in favour and against the theory sustaining that some patients use drugs as an attempt to cope with the psychopathological distress they suffer.

We encourage you to be an active participant in the Congress as well as
to submit proposals for the diverse sessions of the scientific programme.

The members of the organizing committee are proud of the great support received from the most prestigious national and international institutions involved in mental health, psychiatry and drug addiction as is reflected in their co-sponsorship of the Congress.

We are certain that Barcelona will be a magnificent location to host such a high level meeting, with its two thousand year history reflected in monuments, streets and museums and with its current modern, cosmopolitan and Mediterranean environment.

We look forward to welcoming you to Barcelona in 2011.

Miguel Casas
Congress Chairman

Professor and Head
Servei de Psiquiatria
Hospital Universitari Vall d’Hebron.
Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona