Dual Diagnosis

Dual Diagnosis can be used interchangeably with Co-Occurring Disorder (COD).  This term is used to describe the diagnosis of an individual who is suffering both from dependency, addiction or abuse and also has been diagnosed with a mental illness or handicap like OCD, ADHD, bipolar, or schizophrenia.  For many individuals suffering with another handicap or disability alcohol and/or drugs can be an outlet or form of self-medication.

If you have been diagnosed with depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, ADHD, or some other disability and are also dependent on drugs, alcohol, or other addiction you may find that breaking free from the cycle and dependency harder than you ever believed it could be.  A medical intervention program is the best method of recovery.  Medical professionals can work with you to define a treatment program for your addiction or dependency, as well as, provide treatment for your other diagnosis or disorder.

Individuals with a dual diagnosis may wish to locate a facility or treatment center that can offer a long-term treatment program specifically designed for individuals suffering from other disabilities or disorders.  Controlling the symptoms of your disability is the first step in relapse prevention. If you have any questions or concerns about a medical detoxification or locating a treatment center by state give our addiction helpline a call.

Our drug addiction helpline is available 24 hours a day for families of addicts and addicts themselves who have taken the brave step to seek help for addiction and substance abuse: Call us on (800) 444-1014

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