What is a Dual Diagnosis?
A dual diagnosis describes a person who has a mental illness and co-existing substance abuse problem.
Both addiction and mental illnesses stem from the brain, making people with mental disorders more susceptible to addiction. Looking at all data researchers aren’t exactly sure why co-occurring disorders are so prevalent. Some concepts about Dual-diagnosis are:
- Drugs & alcohol are used to self-medicate symptoms of mental health issues.
- Substance abuse may worsen mental health conditions.
Mental Health Issues & Drug & Alcohol Addiction
There are a few mental health issues that often present themselves alongside addiction:
- Bipolar disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Eating disorders
Recovering addicts with an untreated co-occurring disorder may have an increased risk of relapse.
Only treating the physical effects of addiction leaves the underlying disorder untreated.
Depression and addiction, for example, have several things in common, including:
- Loss of interest in activities
- Fatigue most of the time
- Feelings of hopelessness
- Reckless behavior
AToN Center understands that the treatment of co-occurring disorders is necessary for a successful addiction recovery.