Dual Diagnosis: Suffering From Mental Health Issues and Addiction

Monday, July 1, 2019 at 10:04 am in
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What is Dual Diagnosis?

Dual Diagnosis describes when someone experiences a mental illness and a substance use disorder simultaneously. Either one—substance use or mental illness—can develop first. People experiencing a mental health condition may turn to alcohol or other drugs as a form of self-medication to improve the mental health symptoms they experience. However, research shows that alcohol and other drugs worsen the symptoms of mental illnesses.

Valor Recovery Center offers Dual Diagnosis Treatment through our Trauma Informed Curriculum. Our Masters Level Therapists work with our clients to address all symptoms to begin the healing process.

Symptoms of substance use disorder may include:

  • Withdrawal from friends and family
  • Sudden changes in behavior
  • Using substances under dangerous conditions
  • Engaging in risky behaviors
  • Loss of control over use of substances
  • Developing a high tolerance and withdrawal symptoms
  • Feeling like you need a drug to be able to function

Symptoms of a mental health condition can also vary greatly. Warnings signs, such as extreme mood changes, confused thinking or problems concentrating, avoiding friends and social activities and thoughts of suicide are all reasons to seek help.

If you or anyone you love is struggling, please call us at 330-330-8777.