Mental illness and addiction unfortunately commonly go hand in hand. The interaction between the two disorders is complex, so it can be difficult to tell which came first. When a person experiences both an addiction and mental health disorder, they are said to have a dual diagnosis.
Unfortunately, many mental health programs don’t offer effective integrated treatment for dual diagnosis. The Sylvia Brafman Mental Health Center is one of a few mental health programs in the United States with qualified staff with specific experience in treating dual diagnosis.