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dual diagnosis vs co-occurring disorders

Dual Diagnosis vs Co-Occurring Disorders

What is Dual Diagnosis? A dual diagnosis occurs when a person suffers from both an alcohol and or drug addiction and another form of mental illness such as depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, etc. For example, a dual diagnosis can consist of treating someone who has an addiction to narcotics and who also struggles with schizophrenia or obsessive-compulsive disorder. 8.2 million Americans suffer from both addiction and mental health illnesses. Dual diagnosis statistics show this is more widespread than earlier understood and that it can be particularly damaging. For example, approximately 50% of adults with dual diagnoses are responsible for the majority of violent crimes in America Each year over 11 million people are arrested due to dual diagnosis-related behavior. The We Level Up dual diagnosis treatment centers provide comprehensive care consisting of both primary addiction disorder and secondary behavioral disorder treatment. What are Co-Occurring Disorders? When a person is diagnosed with both a mental illness and a substance use disorder, they are said to have co-occurring disorders. Though the disorders can exist separately from one another, when they coexist in the same person, they usually cause the symptoms of both disorders to be amplified. It is common for a person with co-occurring disorders to…