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By now, you have likely heard of dual diagnosis- but what exactly is it, and how is it treated?

What is Dual Diagnosis?

Dual diagnosis is when someone has both an addiction to drugs or alcohol, and a co-occurring mental disorder such as anxiety, depression, PTSD, eating disorders, or other conditions that significantly impact one’s mental health. The presence of outside issues such as these are highly prevalent in the addicted population, given that drugs and alcohol are often used to self-medicate against the effects of the mental disorder. The problem is, many times the substance abuse can worsen the symptoms of the mental disorder, and vice versa. This leads to a complicated diagnosis, whereby determining which came first can be tricky, and separating them to treat only one or the other is often of little to no effect.

How Can Dual Diagnosis Treatment Centers Help?

Dual Diagnosis treatment centers have the ability to treat not only the addiction, but any underlying mental disorders that may be contributing. It is critical to treat both as separate issues, because focusing only on one still leaves the client with a poor quality of life that will likely lead to relapse. These facilities usually employ both substance abuse counselors as well as mental health practitioners, in order to meet each client on the level they are at, and treat the whole person (not just their addiction). More information on dual diagnosis can be found here.

If you or a loved one is in need of dual diagnosis treatment, the professionals at Serenity Acres can provide this level of care- and more. Call 1-800-203-2024 for more information.