Dual Diagnosis or Dual Disorder or Co-Occurring Disorder

Dual Diagnosis or Dual Disorder refers to an individual who has both a mental disorder and a substance abuse disorder. The term co-occurring disorder is a more recent term that means the same thing. It can also refer to other combinations of disorders (such as mental disorder and intellectual disability).


Approximately 8.2 million adults in the United States had co-occurring disorders in 2016. Half of these adults with a dual diagnosis received either substance abuse treatment or mental health treatment. Furthermore, the other half received no treatment at all. Less than 7% of adults received treatment for both disorders.


The combination and severity of each disorder can vary. People with a dual diagnosis face higher risk of relapse and worsening psychiatric disorder. The best treatment for dual diagnosis is integrated intervention when a person receives care for both their diagnosed mental illness and substance abuse. 


Treatment of Dual Diagnosis

The first step in treating dual diagnosis is detoxification. This may require inpatient rehabilitation, where a patient can receive medical and mental health care 24/7. Psychotherapy, medication and self-help/support groups are all integral to recovery for co-occurring disorders.


Gracious Redundancy

D’Amore Healthcare also uses positive reinforcement, “gracious redundancy” as we call it, in treating adults with dual diagnosis. Also, our Build Me Up program sets you up for a successful and rewarding life after treatment.


Research — Not many drug rehab facilities are equipped to handle dual diagnosis patients

D’Amore Healthcare has the appropriate medical staff with a committed emphasis on dual diagnosis.


The best dual diagnosis programs provide integrated treatment

We recommend treating both the mental illness and addiction at the same time in the same facility. Our high success rate has proven this is a successful method of treatment.


Treatment requires time to complete

There is no quick fix for alcohol or drug treatment. Especially when you take into consideration the care and patience required to treat mental illness. Patience, diligence, and commitment make for success. Not speed.


Finally, D’Amore Healthcare suggests that the appropriate treatment(s) move at a pace that’s comfortable for the individual. Our priority is your care and freedom from any combination of mental illness and addiction. 


If you or someone you know requires dual diagnosis treatment, contact us today;

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