Dual Diagnosis

Dual Diagnosis refers to co-occurring Mental Illness such as Depression, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, or Anxiety, plus Drug Addiction and/or Alcoholism.

It’s important for those with a psychological disorder and an addiction to recognize that both the substance abuse and the co-occurring illness need to be treated in unison.

Self-medicating through drugs and/or alcohol is a common reaction for people who are dealing with a psychological disorder. This is how their addiction starts to develop and is why the correct treatment for their dual diagnosis is vital to an individual’s successful recovery.

Young People in Recovery Series: Bipolar Disorder and Drug Addiction
SAMHSA| Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration

SAMHSA’s Resource Center to Promote Acceptance, Dignity and Social Inclusion Associated with Mental Health (ADS Center)
The personal accounts found here are true stories of real people and their experiences with mental health challenges or substance use problems. These people have confronted prejudice and discrimination, but with help and hope are in recovery or know someone who has experienced recovery.

Addiction is common in people with mental health problems
According to reports published in the Journal of the American Medical Association:

  • Roughly 50 percent of individuals with severe mental disorders are affected by substance abuse.
  • 37 percent of alcohol abusers and 53 percent of drug abusers also have at least one serious mental illness.
  • Of all people diagnosed as mentally ill, 29 percent abuse either alcohol or drugs.

Source: National Alliance on Mental Illness

Dealing with substance abuse, alcoholism, or drug addiction is never easy, and it’s even more difficult when you’re also struggling with mental health problems, but there are treatments that can help.

If you or a loved one need help with mental illness and addiction, please call us today at (512) 474-5904 for information regarding available treatments for Xanax and other Benzodiazepine addictions. For locations and additional information, please visit our Contact Us page.