Having a mental health problem as well as a substance abuse is not uncommon. Dual Diagnosis is sometimes called co-occurring disorders or co-morbidity. It simply means that someone has more than one disease at the same time. Addiction is considered a disease, and according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, addiction is a chronic relapsing disease. The common mental disorders in a dual diagnosis include, but are not limited to: depression, schizophrenia, anxiety, and bipolar disorder. A combination might be alcohol addiction and depression.
According to Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration National Survey on Drug Use and Health, in 2002, 4 million adults with a mental disorder were also dependent upon or abused illicit drugs. Approximately 50% did not receive specialized treatment. Of those who did receive treatment, only 12% received both mental health treatment and substance abuse treatment. However, this need not be the case. There are centers in Florida which specialize in dual diagnosis treatment. It is widely recognized that both illnesses must be addressed if treatment is to be successful. If you do have a mental illness with an addiction (such as depression and alcohol addiction), it is important to find a professional in Florida who can address both illnesses in their treatment. Please visit our website to find a list of dual diagnosis specialists near you.
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