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What It Means to Have a Dual Diagnosis

man struggles with dual diagnosis

Human beings are vulnerable because of the many experiences we process and how it can influence the way we perceive ourselves, others and the world at large. Many people who come into treatment for a substance use disorder (SUD) don’t just struggle with substance abuse, but also with other pressing issues that perhaps haven’t had a chance to fully heal. Trauma, divorce, violence, accidents and more can yield incredibly strong effects on the mind, body and spirit – and it’s not uncommon for many people to have struggled with mental illness without even realizing it.

What is Dual Diagnosis?

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) explains that dual diagnosis (or often referred to as a co-occurring disorder) is,“A term for when someone experiences a mental illness and a substance use disorder simultaneously.”

It’s estimated that almost 8 million people in the United States have a dual diagnosis – and if solely the addiction is treated, it’s quite possible for symptoms of a mental illness to exacerbate. Dr. Michael Freeman, a clinical psychologist, wrote on The Continuum the many mental illnesses that tend to occur alongside addiction, such as:

·    Anxiety

·    ADHD

·    Depression

·    Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

·    Bipolar disorder

That Path Towards Healing

Everyone has a story. And we all have unique needs that should be addressed – especially when a dual diagnosis exists. At The Arbor, we take a holistic approach to treatment by assessing a person as a whole – to understand the mental, physical and spiritual health and to collaborate with clients on constructing a personalized treatment path towards healing and restoration. A variety of treatment methods can be integrated – such as with art therapy, equine therapy, fitness, nutrition management and more. If you’re ready to begin your journey towards health and wellness, speak with a professional from The Arbor today.

Arbor Behavioral Healthcare offers an integrative and holistic approach to treat substance abuse and a wide variety of addictions, as well as underlying mental health and psychological issues. All of the addiction recovery programs offered by The Arbor are designed to heal the mind, body, and spirit leading to a lifetime of sobriety, health and wellness. If you’re ready to find healing and restoration in a peaceful, loving environment, please call us today at 844-560-7269.