A dual diagnosis is when a client presents with a mental health condition and substance use disorder (SUD). It is also known as comorbidity and co-occurring disorders.
Examples of dual diagnosis include:
- Co-occurring Substance Abuse Disorder and mood disorders (depression, bipolar disorder)
- Co-occurring Substance Abuse Disorder and anxiety disorder
- Co-occurring Substance Abuse Disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Addiction scientists continue to research the relationship between mental health issues and substance misuse. Research is ongoing and aims to increase the efficacy of dual diagnosis treatment. evidence-based treatment approaches have been developed to help those struggling with dual diagnosis.
Mental health conditions impact how one thinks, perceives, feels, and behaves. There is a broad spectrum of mental health conditions, some of the most common being:
- Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder (BPD)
Substance Abuse issues occur when a person has misused drugs and/or alcohol for a prolonged period of time, which often leads to physical and/or mental dependence. The body becomes accustomed to the presence of a given substance in the system, and when the substance is not taken, the body struggles to function without it.
Dependence is a precursor for addiction, and when a person becomes addicted to drugs or alcohol, it can be devastating. Addiction can affect all aspects of our wellbeing, including our physical, behavioral, psychological, and social health.
Substance misuse has a significant negative impact on a person’s life and the lives of those around them. Drugs and alcohol alter our mood and behavior, leading to job loss, strained or lost relationships, financial problems, and legal issues.
Professional treatment is the best option for dual diagnosis treatment, and at Cirque Lodge, you will receive medical detox, comprehensive rehabilitation, and aftercare support. If you or someone you love struggles with co-occurring substance abuse and mental health issues, our integrated program can help.