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Dual Diagnosis

What is Dual Diagnosis?

Dual Diagnosis is a term defining the simultaneous occurrence of both a substance use disorder and a mental health disorder being experienced by an individual. A Dual diagnosis can also be referred to as a co-occurring disorder or co-morbidity.

Mental illness and substance abuse are closely linked. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) reports that 45 percent of people struggling with addiction also have a co-occurring mental health disorder. In addition, individuals diagnosed with a mental health condition are about two times (2x) more likely to also suffer from a substance use disorder.

Get Treatment For Co-Occurring Disorders

Mental Health Disorders Linked to Substance Abuse Include:

  • Attention-deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD)

  • Bipolar Disorder

  • Borderline Personality Disorder

  • Depression

  • Eating Disorders

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

  • Schizophrenia

Specialists in Treating Co-Occurring Disorders

In co-occurring cases, the mental health disorder tends to be the underlying problem while substance abuse manifests itself as a symptom of that problem. That’s why our team at SOBA New Jersey knows that treatment of both mental health and substance abuse disorders is critical to a client’s successful recovery.

A dual diagnosis requires specific treatment outside the realms of traditional addiction treatment centers. The team at SOBA New Jersey is uniquely qualified to treat co-occurring disorders. We are experts in understanding the specific psychological problems and addictive behaviors our clients exhibit and it is with this understanding that we can properly treat both disorders extensively to facilitate a full, comprehensive recovery.

Assessing Individuals With A Dual Diagnosis

Individuals that enter our treatment program undergo thorough assessments and evaluations. This allows our team to see exactly what their treatment plan will require. It also highlights any co-occurring issues that our treatment plan will need to address. Our team repeats these assessments at specific checkpoints throughout treatment to continually monitor for underlying mental health disorders. Our evaluation process makes sure every client receives the care required.

About Co-Occurring Disorders

Dual Diagnosis and co-occurring disorder infographic

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