What is Dual Diagnosis?
A co-occurring disorder, also commonly referred to as a dual diagnosis, is when an individual has a substance abuse disorder as well as a mental health disorder.
Substance use disorder can include:
Any other drug, illicit or otherwise
Mental health disorders can include:
Among many others
When diagnosed with a co-occurring disorder, it can include any combination of these.
There are roughly 7.9 million adults within the United States that live every day with co-occurring disorders, per the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) of 2014 from SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration).
It is important to be treating both disorders simultaneously. If only one is treated at a time, the symptoms from the untreated diagnosis can interfere and trigger the other. At American Behavioral Clinics, we have a variety of licensed and experienced providers with many specialties; this will allow patients to have an all-encompassing team to help them manage and take control over their life.
Some of these services include: medication management, individual and group therapies. Patients are able to do a combination of these services to get a treatment that is perfect for them. We take pride in the quality of care we are able to give to those who suffer from a duel diagnosis.
Our Therapies at American Behavioral Clinics
Individual therapy: Patients will talk one-on-one with a provider and plan their specific course of treatment. During these sessions, patients discuss how both substance abuse and mental disorders have impacted their life. This is where patients can discuss current thoughts and feelings and work on coping skills for the future.
Group therapy: Patients are surrounded by individuals who have battled the same battle they are. Group therapy is a safe environment where people can talk about their struggle and get feedback from others. Group therapy provides the opportunity for people to learn from fellow individuals who are fighting their urges to use and coping with their mental illnesses.