Substance abuse addiction does not always occur on its own. Instead, a person can experience an addiction along with a mental illness. This is known as a dual diagnosis, or co-occurring conditions.
Dual diagnosis presents a treatment challenge because each condition requires treatment to overcome the other. Co-occurring conditions are common, yet some drug treatment centers do not offer a program for both conditions.
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Nearly one-third of all people with mental health disorders will abuse drugs or alcohol, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). The reasons why this number is so high can vary. Some people may use drugs as a means of self-medication and to escape their feelings. Others may have experienced the first symptoms of mental illness after first abusing a drug or alcoholic substance.
Both conditions are complicated, but they can be treated with the right approach.
While a variety of mental health disorders exist, some are more commonly associated with addiction. If a loved one experiences these conditions along with symptoms such as developing a tolerance to a substance, going through withdrawals when not consuming the substance and using a drug on a daily basis to get through the day, these could be signs of a dual diagnosis.
An estimated 109,000 residents in Connecticut have a mental illness, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. However, many of the state’s residents do not seek treatment for their illnesses. Less than one-fourth of those with a mental illness are currently receiving treatment in the state.
Treatments are available to help a person struggling with a dual diagnosis. These include:
Both mental illness and substance abuse are diseases that require extended periods of care to truly manage. While a person may never be “cured” of either condition, they can live a happier, healthier life free from harmful thoughts and harmful substances. Examples of continued treatments include 12-step programs, group therapy and family therapy.
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