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What is Dual Diagnosis?

what is dual diagnosisYou may have heard about people with drug/alcohol addiction suffering with depression, but what is dual diagnosis? Dual diagnosis is when a person is officially diagnosed using a specific set of guidelines with both a mental illness and addiction. Approximately 9 million American have dual diagnosis, also referred to as co-occurring disorders. It's been said that roughly 50% of people who are dealing with addiction, are also dealing with some form of mental illness. (It can also be said that 50% of those diagnosed with a mental health disorder also have a substance abuse problem.) Common mental illnesses that are associated with addiction are mood disorders, personality disorders, anxiety or depressive disorders, psychotic disorders and other psychiatric disorders. It's often difficult to know whether addiction or mental illness began first. For some people, they experience symptoms of mental illness and...
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Opioid Overdose Prevention

Drug overdose (whether intentional or accidental) is the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. Drug overdoses now cause more deaths than motor vehicle accidents. In fact, 78 Americans die every day from opioid overdoses alone.
"Opioids (including prescription opioid pain relievers and heroin) killed more than 28,000 people in 2014, more than any year on record. At least half of all opioid overdose deaths involve a prescription opioid." (Source: CDC.gov)
NCalifornia Drug Rehab Treatment Centero longer are heroin overdoses limited to partying rock-stars, or the homeless or unemployed. Rather, heroin and other opioids are making their way into every socioeconomic group without discrimination. With that comes an increased risk of overdose. There are things that can be done to help with opioid overdose prevention, and thankfully more laws are being passed in California and several other states to not only save...
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Treatment for Dual Diagnosis

What is Dual Diagnosis?

When a person suffers from at least one addiction along with at least one mental health disorder, it is called dual diagnosis. It is also often referred to as co-occurring disorders. There are many forms of dual diagnosis but essentially dual diagnosis is any combination of mental illness and addiction. This could be alcohol and/or drug addiction PLUS depression, anxiety disorder, schizophrenia, personality disorders, etc. Dual diagnosis can lead to the greater impairment of life skills, it has more overall health risks, including physical safety, and the chances for successful treatment are often significantly lower, especially if treatment is solely for one disorder.

How Does Dual Diagnosis Happen?

Sometimes the mental disorder starts first and the person will turn to drugs or alcohol for self-medication. This may temporarily alleviate their symptoms by numbing the pain or fear. This can happen either WITH proper medical treatment or INSTEAD of. Of...
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