“…each disorder exacerbates the other and also predisposes to relapse in the other. At times, the symptoms can overlap or even mask each other, making diagnosis and treatment all the more difficult.”
~Robert B. Pereia, Faces of Dual Diagnosis: A Canadian Perspective
One of the most challenging aspects about receiving effective treatment for the disease of addiction is the fact that it often co-occurs with other disorders, making recovery from either that much more difficult.
According to the Journal of the American Medical Association:
- HALF of all individuals with a diagnosable mental disorder also have an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol
- More than half of all drug addicts—53 % – have a mental illness.
- More than a third of all alcoholics – 37% – have a mental illness.
Substance abuse and mental disorders are inextricably intertwined – each can be a causal factor in the development of the other, and as one condition worsens, the other follows suit. Some mental disorders that are typically associated with substance abuse include:
- Attention Deficit Disorder
- Bipolar Disorder
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
- Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
- Conduct Disorder
For this reason, not all drug rehab programs are created equal. Most are not equipped to handle a dual diagnosis, meaning you only get partial treatment. To make sure that all of your needs are met, only work with a program that can help you with both your addiction AND your co-occurring mental disorder.
The clinical staff at Lasting Recovery in San Diego, CARF Accredited to provide Dual Diagnosis treatment, has the experience and the expertise to help you deal with your substance abuse issues while at the same time getting help for your other problems. Contact Lasting Recovery today to restore health and balance to your life.