Dual-diagnosis, also known as co-occurring disorder, refers to the co-existence of a substance use disorder and a separate and distinct mental health issue, such as depression, anxiety or bipolar disorder. These issues are commonly linked, whether through physiology, lifestyle or any other factors, and it is critical that patients who are struggling get separate yet simultaneous help to address the symptoms and consequences of each disorder. It is often these issues that lead to exacerbation of substance use in the first place.
Of the almost three million adults employed and living with a Dual Diagnosis, only about 40 percent received any treatment intervention at all for either disorder, and less than five percent received treatment for both issues. Dual-diagnosis treatment addresses the unique and specific nature of both conditions by treating them separately yet simultaneously. Patients receive a variety of care services that help them move toward recovery and lasting independence from SUD and mental disorder.
Dual-diagnosis treatments are often administered in an outpatient setting; however, patients with more severe histories of substance use, or conditions like severe personality disorder, may need more in- depth care. As the link between the disease of addiction and separate mental illness has become more and more apparent, more and more treatment organizations have been offering dual-diagnosis care. Prospective patients are encouraged to involve their loved ones in helping with the search for a program, as many fail to follow up with accessing the care they so desperately need.
Perhaps nowhere is the application of personalized, holistic treatment more crucial than in dual- diagnosis care. Each patient faces their own physical, emotional and lifestyle struggles in the wake of these conditions, and it is critical that they get personalized and intuitive help that speaks to their needs. iRecovery offers comprehensive, supportive and compassionate dual-diagnosis care provided by our experienced and qualified team of physicians, nurses and support professionals. Our programs are specially designed for each individual patient. If you or someone you care about needs help, call us at 855-770-0581 to begin the healing process.