Double Trouble: A Dual Diagnosis

What is the relationship between drug abuse and mental illness? Many chronic drug abusers–the individuals we commonly regard as addicts–often simultaneously suffer from a serious mental disorder. Drug treatment and medical professionals call this condition a co-occurring disorder or a dual diagnosis. What is chronic drug abuse? Chronic drug abuse is the habitual abuse ofContinue reading “Double Trouble: A Dual Diagnosis”

Getting Both Barrels

Dual Diagnosis of Mental Illness and Substance Abuse Dual diagnosis services are treatments for people who suffer from co-occurring disorders — mental illness and substance abuse. Research has strongly indicated that to recover fully, a consumer with co-occurring disorder needs treatment for both problems — focusing on one does not ensure┬áthe other will go away.Continue reading “Getting Both Barrels”