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Mental illness and substance abuse are commonly associated. Nearly 9.5 million adults in the US reported having a mental illness and substance use disorder (SUD) in 2019.

Either condition can develop first, though many people tend to develop mental health disorders between 14 and 24. However, it is possible to develop a SUD first as well.

What Is Dual Diagnosis Treatment?

Dual diagnosis treatment is a specialty treatment offered at some drug rehab centers to those dealing with a substance abuse problem and mental health issue simultaneously. 

Other names for this kind of treatment include: 

  • dual-diagnosis
  • co-occurring disorders
  • comorbidity 
  • comorbid disorders 

When more than one disorder is present, an integrated treatment approach addresses any disorders someone may have, including mental health disorders, developmental disorders, and SUDs.

Mental Health Issues Destination Hope Can Help With 

It’s important to note that not all drug rehab facilities provide mental health treatment. However, because mental illness commonly occurs with substance abuse, Destination Hope believes it is an imperative treatment service to offer. 

We treat the following mental health disorders at our treatment facility: 

  • Major depressive disorder 
  • Generalized and acute anxiety disorders 
  • Bipolar disorders 
  • Schizophrenia 
  • Schizoaffective disorder 
  • Anger management 
  • Trauma recovery 
  • PTSD and CPTSD 
  • Eating disorders

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Possible Symptoms of Dual Diagnosis 

The symptoms someone experiences with co-occurring disorders will vary from person to person. The symptoms they exhibit will depend on the substance(s) of abuse and their specific mental health condition. 

Some general symptoms of co-occurring disorders include: 

  • drastic and sudden changes in mood 
  • loss of interest in activities that once excited you
  • changes in weight 
  • engaging in risky behaviors
  • withdrawing from friends and family 
  • becoming increasingly agitated or subdued 
  • loss of control over substance abuse 

Drugs and mental illness can affect how someone thinks, behaves, feels, and reacts. If they are abusing substances, these symptoms will become more apparent over time. 

Dual Diagnosis Possible Causes 

The possible causes of dual diagnosis can be complex and highly depend on the individual. Some of these possible causes of co-occurring disorders include:

1. Shared Risk Factors 

Mental health issues and substance abuse share a lot of common risk factors, which can vary by disorder type and include:

  • stress 
  • childhood abuse or neglect 
  • genetics 
  • family history 
  • trauma history

2. Drug-Induced Mental Illness 

Substances can produce symptoms associated with mental illness such as paranoia, depression, excessive aggression, and mood swings. Take alcohol abuse for an example. Someone who consumes excess alcohol can become more aggressive while under the influence. 

For some people, even after they become sober, the exaggerated aggression may not go away. This is due to alcohol abuse rewriting your brain chemistry. However, this is not necessarily the case for those with chronic mental health disorders.

3. Self Medicating with Substances 

In some instances, people can start to abuse drugs and alcohol as a way to manage the symptoms of mental illness like depression, anxiety, and symptoms of psychosis. 

Using drugs and alcohol as a way to cope with intolerable mental health symptoms is a sign of substance abuse. If this behavior is never checked, it can become a dangerous compulsion that has the potential to worsen mental illness symptoms.

Mental Health Disorder Treatment  Program Options 

Destination Hope offers a full spectrum of mental health disorder treatments. Our full continuum of care includes program such as: 

  • Partial Hospitalization 
  • Inpatient Treatment 
  • Residential Housing 
  • Outpatient Programs 
  • Case Management 


We believe in treating the root cause of the problem by helping our patients increase their opportunities to take back their lives and increase their likelihood of maintaining a sober lifestyle.

Mental Health Treatment at Destination Hope

Our unique programs are limited in size to allow for more 1-to-1 contact with our counselors. Together, we will address any possible family, relationship, and environmental issues that may affect someone’s ability to recover. 

Patients at Destination Hope are also set up with a comprehensive aftercare program with weekly check-ins after finishing treatment to ensure the best possible outcomes. 

If you’re ready to start healing, call us today at (866) 756-4673


Sources: National Alliance on Mental Illness 

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