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February 2022


Letter from the President

Dear friends and members,

In this New Year, I have the immense honor of having been elected to preside over, our society, the WADD for the next three years.
This honor comes with the responsibility to make it grow and consolidate it. It is so because this clinical condition, Dual Disorders, affects many people and families around the world.
An outstanding Executive Committee, whom I once again thank for their commitment and support, joins me for this important task. 

News from the Executive Committee WADD

On 19th January 2022, the new WADD Executive Committee met for the first time for their Executive Committee meeting after the General Assembly in the WADD congress in Paris in 2021. These meetings will be held monthly and the actions and projects of the society are discussed. 

If you have any topic, you would like the Executive Committee to discuss, please send it to us: secretariat@worlddualdisoders.org 



We are happy to invite you to the IV World Congress on Dual Disorders, which will be held from 21st – 24th June 2022 in Mexico City
The congress is organized by WADD together with the Mexican Psychiatric Association. 

The registration will open soon and we hope to see you in Mexico this year!
The members of the WADD will have a special discount for their registration fee. 



If you could not attend the International Joint Congress WADD & Albatros in December 2021 in Paris, France, we can inform you that you can re-watch sessions online. 

Series of educational webinars

In 2022, the WADD plans a series of educational webinars, which will focus on a specific topic related to dual disorders.
The webinars will be held online and after you have attended a webinar, we will send you a certificate of attendance.

The first webinar planned will be «Webinar on Dual Psychosis», which will be held on 23rd March 2022. 
Shortly, we will send you more information. 

Please feel free to share the information of the webinar with your colleagues.
Do you have any ideas of other topic, which would be interesting for the WADD community? Would you like to be a speaker in a WADD webinar? 

We encourage all the members to apply to be a speaker and/or propose other topics. Please send us your proposals to: secretariat@worlddualdisoders.org 

We will keep you informed about details and dates of the following webinars!


Tributes Dr. Alan Ivan Green

Tribute Dr. Alan Ivan Green by Jibran Y. Khokharn

Dr. Alan Ivan Green, MD passed away on the morning of November 26th 2021, after a long battle with cancer. For those who might not know him, Dr. Green was a leader in psychiatry research & spent most of his career at Harvard and Dartmouth. He was the Chair of Psychiatry at Dartmouth and a dual diagnosis researcher. He worked hard to improve the lives of patients with co-occurring schizophrenia and substance use through his clinical practice & clinical, preclinical & brain imaging research. His clinical trials and theoretical frameworks on the topics have greatly improved treatments for patients. 


Tribute Dr. Alan Ivan Green by Leo Sher

I am deeply saddened by the passing of Alan Green. Alan was a gifted, honest and righteous Jewish man. Alan was dedicated to helping people. He was helping patients to get better. He was helping colleagues to achieve their career goals. Alan was a real, creative scholar. His research studies and scholarly publications have contributed a lot to our knowledge. For example, Alan’s publications on the treatment of schizophrenia and comorbid substance use disorders opened new avenues for research and clinical work in the field of dual disorders. I will miss Alan greatly.

Tribute Dr. Alan Ivan Green by Journal of Dual Diagnosis

The long-time Journal of Dual Diagnosis Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Alan Green, passed away on November 26, 2020 after a long illness. Dr. Green invited me to join him as co- Editor-in-Chief in 2016. He stepped down from his role with the journal shortly before his passing.



We are happy to announce that we have welcomed a new member to the National Committees. 
The Chinese Dual Disorders Chapter has been created and it is now officially a part of the WADD. 


Have a look at our website and see if your country is already represented by a National Committee in the WADD. If not, see here the rules to create one and become an important part of the WADD.



The Associação Portuguesa de Patologia Dual – APPD, the Psychiatric Service of Hospital de Castelo Branco, the Psychiatric Service of Salamanca Hospital, and WADD Committee of Portugal, have the pleasure to invite you to participate in the VII National Congress and I Cross-Border Congress on Dual and Addictive Disorders, which will take place on the 3rd and 4th of June 2022 in Castelo Branco, Portugal. During the days of the congress several problems of dual and addictive patients in  these two countries will be discussed. In the past, theses difficulties were already existing and serious, but they were significantly accentuated with the pandemic.
We look forward to your presence to enrich the discussion.

The President of the Congress
Maria Antónia Mateus
Director of Psychiatric Service of Hospital of Castelo Branco, Portugal 

The President of APPD
Célia Franco


If you have any news or article, which could be of interest of the WADD members and could be published on our website, please send it to us: secretariat@worlddualdisorders.org.

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