Co-occuring / Dual Diagnosis

Co occuring

Co-occuring / Dual Diagnosis

Co-occurring Disorders and Dual Diagnosis

Often times, there is a connection between alcohol and drug abuse and a mental disorder. While this is not always true, many people who enter rehab find that they must be treated appropriately for each condition. Alcohol and drug abuse are often associated with these mental disorders:

  • Depression
  • Schizophrenia
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Personality disorders

There are times when the alcohol or drug abuse occurs first. Over a period of time, substance abuse can result in mental and emotional problems. There are also times when the mental problem occurs first. Subsequently, this can cause a person to turn to alcohol or drugs in an attempt to feel better. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, it is essential for both conditions to be treated. It notes the following: “Someone with a dual diagnosis must treat both conditions. For the treatment to be effective, the person needs to stop using alcohol or drugs. Treatments may include behavioral therapy, medicines, and support groups.” Although it can be more difficult to treat two problems at once, it is a necessary step in improving the chance of a full recovery. Treating one problem, while ignoring the other, is likely to lead to some form of relapse.

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