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Dual Diagnosis – Lakewood, NJ (732) 529-2096


A dual diagnosis is when a person experiences both a mental illness and a substance abuse

addiction. This is a common occurrence but can create difficulties for a person trying to break

free from an addiction.


While having a dual diagnosis can make treatment more difficult for either condition, it is

possible for a person to manage and treat both illnesses effectively. Drug Rehab Centers

Lakewood offers treatments to help those struggling with a dual diagnosis. Call us now at (732)

529-2096 to find out more about your options for treatment.


The Mental Health Disorders and Addiction Connection


Dual diagnosis is a broad category that can encompass a number of psychological conditions and

substance abuse addictions. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI),

examples of conditions that can co-occur include mild depression due to binge drinking or a

person with bipolar disorder abusing heroin during a manic episode.


Regardless of the disorders and drugs were taken, substance abuse is associated with making a

person's mental health symptoms worse, according to NAMI.


Mental Health Disorders Commonly Associated With Addiction


Several mental health disorders are commonly associated with addiction. The symptoms of these

conditions can affect a person occasionally or may impact every aspect of a person's daily life.


Examples of common disorders associated with substance abuse and mental illness include:

-Depression, which is a condition that causes a person to experience intense feelings of

hopelessness or sadness. A person may commonly turn to alcohol as a means to escape these



-Eating disorders, including anorexia, bulimia or binge eating cause a person to obsessively

control or lose control over his or her eating. A person may abuse drugs, such as

methamphetamines, to control appetite.


-Post- traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a condition where a person has gone through a traumatic

event, such as a military skirmish, abuse or natural disaster. A person may experience traumatic

flashbacks associated with these events and turn to substance abuse to reduce these feelings.


-Obsessive- compulsive disorder (OCD), a condition where a person becomes excessively fixated

on thoughts or behaviors. A person with OCD may turn to sedatives and other anxiolytics to

reduce racing or compulsive thoughts.


-Anxiety, a condition where a person feels a heightened level of anxiety, fear or distress. Women

are more likely than men to experience anxiety-related conditions, according to the National

Institute on Drug Abuse.

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How Prevalent Is Dual Diagnosis?


An estimated 50 percent of people with severe mental disorders, such as major depression,

bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, struggle with substance abuse, according to NAMI. Nearly

one-third of all people who struggle with mental illness also have a substance abuse problem.



Drug Rehab Centers Lakewood can provide the following treatments, which have been proven to

help those struggling with a dual diagnosis:


 Psychopharmacology: Medications have long been used to help those struggling with a

dual diagnosis restore balance to neurotransmitters that may be miscommunicating or at

too high or too low levels.

 Psychotherapy: Psychotherapy or one-on- one therapy can provide a person with the

opportunity to share his or her thoughts, feelings and emotions in a non-judgmental and

safe environment.

 Behavioral Management: This approach helps a person learn more about how to resist

temptations of drugs and/or alcohol as well as how to manage racing thoughts, anxiety

and feelings of hopelessness that can occur with mental illness.


Treatments for mental illness and substance abuse have proven successful in the past. According

to Mental Health America, 80 percent of those who suffer from depression can successfully treat

their condition with medications and psychotherapy.


Continued Treatments for Dual Diagnosis


Neither mental illness nor substance abuse disorders are ones that can be However,

these conditions can be managed across a person lifetime. Continued care through

psychotherapy, medication management, and support groups, if desired, can help a person live a

longer, healthier life with co-occurring disorders.


For more information on dual diagnosis treatment at Drug Rehab Centers Lakewood, please call

(732) 529-2096.

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