Mental Health and Addiction

Dual diagnosis is a term that refers to those who are suffering from both a mental illness as well as substance abuse simultaneously. As a category, dual diagnosis is a very broad term. When it comes to dual diagnosis there are symptoms to look out for both drug addiction, as well as a possible mental disorder. Some signs of a possible drug addiction include:

  • Withdrawal from friends and family
  • Sudden changes in behavior
  • Engaging in risky behaviors when drunk or high
  • Doing things you wouldn’t normally do to maintain your habit
  • Developing tolerance and withdrawal symptoms.

There are also warning signs to look for when it comes to somebody dealing with a mental illness as well, some of these symptoms include but are not limited to:

  • Feeling sad or down
  • Confused thinking or reduced ability to concentrate
  • excessive fears or worries, or extreme feelings of guilt
  • Extreme mood changes of highs and lows
  • Inability to cope with daily problems or stress

If you or someone you know is showing symptoms of a possible mental illness and substance abuse it is important to speak with a health care professional right away. There are many resources and programs to offer assistance in addressing both problems. Inpatient dual diagnosis centers have programs that can simultaneously address a person’s needs when it comes to substance abuse as well as any mental disorder that could possibly be at the root of his or her addiction.


Impatient dual diagnosis centers are ideal for patients whose condition is too severe to be properly addressed by outpatient services alone. Dual diagnosis residential treatment centers offer specific programs linked to substance abuse such as detox and therapy sessions to combat addiction, but also services such as psychotherapy as well as cognitive behavioral therapy leaving patients with more information and resources to help them go on to live happier and healthier lives after receiving treatment.

If you or someone you know is suffering from addiction, a mental health condition, or both it is important that you begin to look up information about treatment options that are available. The longer a substance abuse or mental health disorder is left untreated, there becomes an increased risk of potential harm that can follow. Please do not wait until it is too late, don’t be afraid to speak up and ask for help, especially when there’s plenty of support to be found.


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