DUAL DIAGNOSIS &
It’s a well-known saying that misery loves company and addiction is no exception. Six out of every ten people who abuse substances also suffer from at least one other mental disorder. This is commonly known as a co-occurring disorder and, until fairly recently, went largely unnoticed in the addiction treatment field.
Identifying and treating these disorders alongside addiction is called dual-diagnosis and involves understanding how the disorders interact with one another. In some cases, a pre-existing disorder, such as depression, ADHD, PTSD, bi-polar disorder, etc., can lead to substance abuse. Sometimes, however, the addiction comes first, altering the brain chemistry and thus brings about a mental disorder. This is why treatment has to address a person as a whole, not just their addiction.