Often, substance abuse and mental health disorders occur together. Although either disorder can come first, one will frequently initiate the other, leading to both disorders influencing each other. Both will require treatment upon dual diagnosis -- the diagnosis of co-occurring disorders – and will present a challenge for those working to treat the client.
Understanding Dual Diagnosis Disorders
Co-occurring mental disorders can be caused by or even be the cause of drug and alcohol addiction. It is necessary to treat both disorders at the same time to help increase the possibility of lasting sober living. We offer a variety of dual diagnosis treatment programs to treat alcohol and drug abuse along with mental health issues such as depression and anxiety.
Self-medication to deal with the emotional pain of mental illness is often the catalyst to drug and alcohol dependency. These methods are merely a temporary solution that will inevitably cause permanent damage. The best course of action is to treat both diseases concurrently and create a plan of action to promote a lifestyle of sobriety, mental health, and independence.
Why Dual Diagnosis Treatment is Important
Individuals with mental illness have a higher risk for drug an alcohol abuse. In fact, there is scientific evidence to suggest that one third of individual with mental illness engage in substance abuse. Additionally, more than one third of individuals who abuse drugs and alcohol also suffer from mental illness. In order to treat these individuals, these co-occurring disorders must be treated together.