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Why Is Dual Diagnosis So Common?

Dual diagnosis is extremely common for those struggling with substance use disorder (SUD). When SUD co-occurs with another condition, it’s important to get the right treatment to find comprehensive relief.

What Is Dual Diagnosis?

When you have a mental health disorder and SUD at the same time, this is known as a dual diagnosis. According to a 2007 study in Psychiatry (Edgmont), the term “dual diagnosis” was first identified in the 1980s to describe individuals with “coexisting severe mental illness and substance use disorders.” The study notes that co-occurring disorders “often need more intense treatment” because of their complexity.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) says that there are no specific combinations of mental health disorders and SUDs. Common mental health conditions that are seen in SUD treatment include anxiety and mood disorders, depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Prevalence of Co-occurring Disorders

According to SAMHSA’s 2021 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, approximately 9.2 million adults in the United States have a co-occurring disorder. Many people who already experience mental health conditions like anxiety and depression will self-medicate with substances to alleviate symptoms. On the other hand, mental health issues can develop as a result of continuously using substances.

Finding Treatment

Finding quality treatment for a co-occurring disorder is absolutely vital in order to find lasting happiness, success, and sustained recovery. It’s also important for treatment centers to screen potential patients for mental health conditions.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment at The Guest House

At The Guest House, we offer a combined, targeted approach to treat both mental health conditions and addiction. We thoroughly evaluate every new client to understand their struggles. From there, we help create individualized care plans based on your own unique needs.

Dual diagnosis can be frightening. It’s our mission to help alleviate your fears and allow you to find solace among our estate as you journey into recovery.

Holistic Healing

The Guest House specializes in comprehensive, holistic care. We aim to help you heal your mind, body, and spirit together as one.

Our traditional therapies will help you learn vital coping skills and give you an outlet to process your struggles. We also offer a wide variety of nontraditional healing programs like meditation, somatic therapy, music and art therapy, and more.

No matter your condition, you will find the support and treatment you need at The Guest House for lasting success in recovery.

When substance use disorder (SUD) coexists with a mental health disorder, this is known as a dual diagnosis or a co-occurring disorder. Dual diagnosis is incredibly common, affecting over nine million people in the United States. At The Guest House, we aim to treat every aspect of your condition through individual, specialized treatment. We offer a wide variety of traditional therapies, along with many holistic healing programs, to help you find comfort and support along your road to recovery. Call us today at (855) 483-7800 for more information.