Dual-diagnosis is a term used when a person has a problem with one or more mental health disorders in addition to an addiction to drugs or alcohol. The existence of both mental health concerns and substance use disorders can complicate treatment tremendously and make life for the adult or adolescent extremely difficult. People who have a dual diagnosis experience the unique symptoms of both mental health disorders as well as those of a drug or alcohol addiction, both of which can get in the way of a their ability to function, deal with life’s challenges, and relate to other people. To make matters even more complicated, these co-occurring mental health disorders can interact and affect one other.
In order to best manage dual diagnosis concerns, both the symptoms of the mental health disorder and the substance abuse problem must be treated at the same time. At Greenleaf Behavioral Health Hospital in Valdosta, Georgia, we understand that both disorders must be concurrently treated in order to be successful, which is why careful assessments and individualized treatment plans are needed for each client who is entrusted into our care. Without treating both disorders, the risk for relapse increases exponentially. However, with co-occurring disorder management that includes treatment of all present diagnoses, the outlook for recovery is far better. While dual diagnosis concerns can feel insurmountable, with the right kind of treatment program, all symptoms can be treated and successfully managed.