Dual Diagnosis Treatment
Many individuals who have substance abuse problems also have mental health problems. In fact, the presence of a dual diagnosis is quite common in substance abusers.
What is Dual Diagnosis or a Co-Occurring Disorder?
It simply refers to two or more disorders or illnesses occurring in the same person. Among those with substance abuse problems, the most common co-occurring mental health problems include depression, anxiety and trauma-related issues.
Studies show that there is a great interaction and influence between substance abuse and mental health problems in many individuals. That is why the most effective treatment of dual diagnosed disorders is called “integrated treatment.”
St. Martin de Porres House of Hope, we use integrated treatment to address substance abuse and mental health problems. It’s imperative to treat these problems together, as an untreated mental health problem is a common cause of substance relapse. By treating the individual in an integrated way, we hope to help the person become free from destructive behavior.