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Dual Diagnosis Disorder

is now called Co-Occurring Disorder. This means that you have 2 major Mental Health issues combined together at the same time. Diversified Intervention Group employs only the best of the best Psychotherapists around the country. We are known as a trusted resource in the Mental Health and Chemical Dependency industry. If your loved one suffers from a Dual Diagnosis disorder, call 855-222-1101 today and we will help your loved one to begin to heal.

How does Dual Diagnosis Disorder correlate to addiction and alcoholism?

We help families to heal. We provide hope of a better life.

We help families to heal. We provide hope of a better life.
Addiction is common in people with all types of mental health issues. Approximately on half (50%) of people with severe mental problems are affected by addiction. Recent studies show that 37 percent of alcohol abusers and fifty-three percent of all drug abusers, when tested professionally, will show to have one or more serious mental illness. Do you think your loved one is suffering now..? Read on…we have much more information below.

How to recognize Co-occurring disorders in a person who is dual-diagnosed

It can be difficult to diagnose a substance abuse problem in a loved one and a co-occurring mental health disorder such as depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder. It takes time to figure out what might be a mental disorder and what might be a drug or alcohol problem. It is important to stop, or intervene on the drug or alcohol problem before a correct mental health diagnosis can be made. You can call us today and we can help you facilitate a professional intervention: 855-222-1101

Denial is a negative factor that we see a lot in many family situations. Complicating these issues is denial. Denial is common in substance abuse. It’s hard to admit how dependent your loved one is on alcohol or drugs or how much they affect your life until you look very closely. Denial happens regularly in mental disorders as well. The symptoms of depression or anxiety can be scary, so you may ignore them and hope they go away. Or you may be ashamed or afraid of being viewed as weak if you admit the problem. We can help today! This is the line of work that we have specialized in for years.

The common signs and symptoms of Co-occurring disorders

We can help your loved one with a professional Therapist.

We can help your loved one with a professional Therapist.

The mental health problems that most commonly co-occur with substance abuse are depression, anxiety disorders, and bipolar disorder. Any combination or one stand alone disorder in the list above can and will accompany alcoholism and addiction. Below we have listed some symptoms that we see regularly in our practice:


Common signs and symptoms of Depression:

  • Feelings of helplessness and/or hopelessness
  • Loss of interest in daily activities
  • Inability to experience pleasure
  • Appetite or weight changes
  • Sleeping changes or loss or energy

Common signs and symptoms of mania in Bipolar Disorder:

  • Feelings of euphoria or extreme irritability
  • Unrealistic and/or grandiose beliefs
  • Decreased need for sleep
  • Increased energy levels relating to physical activity
  • Rapid speech and racing thoughts

Common symptoms and signs of Anxiety Disorder:

  • High levels of tension and worry about mundane things
  • A person may feel restless and/or jumpy
  • Irritability or feeling “on edge”
  • Racing heart or shortness of breath
  • Dizziness, nausea or even trembling

If your loved one is experiencing any of the above symptoms, call today to reach a Therapist. We can help your loved one recover today: 855-222-1101

Treatment for Co-occurring disorders or Bipolar disorder

The best treatment for co-occurring disorders is a combination approach, where both the substance abuse problem and the mental disorder are treated simultaneously. But as stated previously, you must stop the on-going substance abuse before a qualified professional can make an accurate mental health diagnosis on your loved one. Good, solid recovery from both diseases requires treating them both.

It does not matter which cam first: a mental health or substance abuse diagnosis, both must be treated:

  1. Peer support can help. You may benefit from joining a self-help support group like Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. They give you a chance to lean on others who know what you’re going through and learn from their experiences. This is highly recommended!

  3. Combined treatment is best. Your best chance of recovery is through integrated treatment for both the substance abuse problem and the mental health problem. This means getting combined mental health and addiction treatment from the same treatment provider or team.

  5. There is hope. Recovering from co-occurring disorders takes time, commitment, and courage. It may take months or even years b ut people with substance abuse and mental health problems canand do get better.

The educators and professionals here at DIG wish to let you know that we are always available for your therapy needs. Call 855-222-1101 today to speak with a therapist.