A dual diagnosis is made when someone with an addiction is also diagnosed with a mental illness. Although they occur together and are commonly known as “co-occurring disorders,” each illness in a dual diagnosis should be treated separately, although treatments should be integrated for the best chances of long-term recovery from each.
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Dual diagnosis is more common than once believed. Recent research found that around half of people with a serious mental illness and a third of those with any kind of mental disorder also had a substance addiction. On the other side of the coin, a third of people with an alcohol addiction and half of those with a drug addiction also had a mental illness.
One reason for the high prevalence of co-occurring disorders is that many people who have a mental illness self-medicate with drugs or alcohol, leading to an addiction. Another reason is that drugs and alcohol tend to make mental illnesses much worse, and they can even cause the initial onset of symptoms of a mental condition.
The list of disorders that may co-occur with an addiction is long, but a handful of mental illnesses are very commonly seen with addictions.
Various therapies are used to treat each illness in a dual diagnosis.
Once treatment has been successfully completed, an aftercare program is developed based on individual need. The aftercare plan helps ease the transition from rehab back to the “real” world to help prevent a lapse in sobriety, which can lead to a relapse of the addiction. This typically includes ongoing therapy and joining a community support group like Alcoholics Anonymous or Smart Recovery.
Other components may include vocational rehab or a period of time spent living in a sober living facility. The aftercare plan is monitored on a regular basis, and changes are made based on emerging and changing needs.
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