The term dual diagnosis refers to a situation where a person suffers from alcoholism/drug addiction and a co-occurring mental illness. This term is synonymous with co-occurring mental health disorders. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), four million Americans are living with dual diagnosis. Sadly, many who struggle with dual diagnosis only pursue treatment for their addiction and negate seeking additional treatment for their mental health disorder and prevents them from progressing in their recovery.
For those struggling with bipolar disorder, there are two sides of their recovery they must be conscious of; their sobriety/recovery and their mental condition. One usually can’t exist stably without the other. Both must be treated accordingly and it’s very important that patients with co-occurring conditions try to seek professional help for both. This means participating in an integrative drug and alcohol treatment program that specializes in treating patients with dual diagnosis.
If you or a loved one has an issue with addiction, your problem may extend further than substance abuse. Please call us for help on this matter and we will give you guidance on how to treat this problem.