Do you or someone you know suffer from a mental illness and substance abuse? This is called dual diagnosis. Dual diagnosis may refer to any number of co-occurring disorders, for example, depression and alcohol abuse or schizophrenia and opioid dependency. Sometimes in long-term drug abusers, it can be difficult to differentiate between a pre-existing disorder and the effects of substance abuse. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness 53% of drug abusers also have a mental illness, and 50% of people with severe mental disorders are affected by abusing drugs and other substances. Anxiety disorders, depression, and bi-polar disorder are some of the most common mental illness that can be co-occurring with substance abuse.
Having a mental disorder as well as a substance addiction or abuse problem is very difficult for the individual. There is always stigma around drug addiction or abuse and seeking out help when you also have one or more pre-existing mental disorders can be daunting. Luckily, there are facilities in Kansas that do specialize in dual diagnosis. An integrated approach to treatment, which addresses both the mental illness and the substance abuse problem, is often considered best in cases of dual diagnosis. If you are trying to help someone who is suffering from dual diagnosis it might be best to seek the assistance of a professional program which can deal with the complexities of this particular condition.
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