Co-occurring disorders, also known as dual-diagnosis, involve the diagnosis of a mental health illness on top of addiction. Dual-diagnosis disorders is a serious problem to contend with, but Discovery Transitions has the staff and facilities, located in Los Angeles, to take care of multiple types of co-existing disorders.
Mental illness and addiction are inherently separate, but profoundly affect each other. Over time mental illness can lead to substance abuse, and vice versa, creating a dangerous cycle. With simultaneous treatment, sufferers can lead healthy, normal lives, but without treatment, issues won’t go away on their own will become worse over time.
Either mental illness or addiction can occur first, but both can feed on each other. It’s not uncommon from someone suffering from anxiety or depression disorders to self-medicate for relief, but that relief could quickly spiral into a deadly addiction. It’s also not uncommon for someone suffering from addiction to develop co-occurring mental disorders due to their drug or alcohol problem.
The combination of dual diagnosis disorders can accelerate both issues much faster than they would by themselves, which is why dual-diagnosis professional treatment is strongly encouraged before something serious happens.
Any substance abuse and any mental illness can create a dual diagnosis, but treatment centers see five distinct combinations more than any other type of co-existing disorder. If you’re suffering from any of the following five dual-diagnosis, you’ll need the help of a professional treatment center to get back on track: