Co-occurring Disorders and Dual Diagnosis Learn How Mental Disorders Tie into Addiction
Not only is it a tall order to face a legitimate mental health disorder, but many of these individuals struggle with substance use and put themselves at risk of addiction. Drinking or casual drug use is a common way for these individuals to try to self-medicate their mental health symptoms, and soon enough, addiction may rear its ugly head.
Substance use disorders include both abuse of and dependence on substances. A person who struggles with a substance use disorder as well as a mental health condition is said to have co-occurring disorders, also known as a dual diagnosis.
Use this resource to educate yourself about common co-occurring disorders, their close connection to addiction, and to see what the treatment process consists of for dual diagnosis patients.
According to SAMHSA’s 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) (PDF | 3.4 MB), approximately 7.9 million adults in the United States had co-occurring disorders in 2014.Tweet this out