Understanding Dual-Diagnosis Treatment
Dual diagnosis is addiction treatment that identifies and treats other co-occurring conditions simultaneously. Dependence on drugs or alcohol alone presents a serious mental health challenge. Make no mistake; addiction is a mental health disorder. But when addiction is combined with another diagnosis, such as depression, anxiety, or PTSD, the effect can be exponential.
This is one of the reasons why dual-diagnosis treatment is so important to successful and lasting recovery. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), at least 45% of patients admitted to treatment for a substance use disorder have a dual diagnosis. What that tells us is that dual diagnosis patients are quite common. What it doesn’t tell us is that most of them still aren’t getting the help they need.