Dual diagnosis (or co-occurring disorders) refers to when a person suffers an alcohol addiction or drug addiction and a mental health disorder at the same time. In many cases, a person first develops a psychiatric problem then—in an attempt to feel better turns to self-medication with drugs or alcohol.
Alternatively, a person’s chemical dependency problem can become so severe they develop symptoms of a psychiatric disorder. Examples include episodes of depression, fits of rage, hallucinations, or suicide attempts.
Our treatment programs help patients identify these issues and understand why they feel the way they do. For example, does a patient drink because he is depressed or is he depressed because of his drinking?
If you or a loved one is battling addiction, a mental health issue, or both, take the first step toward recovery by calling us toll-free at 800.585.7527. We offer no-cost assessments and accept most forms of insurance.