Medicine: Bad Trips for the Doubly Troubled

A new study offers hope for mentally ill drug users

Tom had a problem: noisy upstairs neighbors. At first he would just stew, drink some beer and angrily throw chairs across his apartment living room. Then the burly, 26-year-old karate enthusiast bought an M-16 rifle and vowed "to fire a few rounds into the ceiling." Fortunately his father got wind of the scheme and put Tom (not his real name) in a psychiatric hospital. There, doctors learned that alcohol triggered his violent episodes. Tom is schizophrenic, and a single beer is enough to send him over the edge.

Tom is one of nearly a million Americans who suffer the double jeopardy...

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