When Mental Disorder and Addiction Co-exist

10 Million People are Affected Every Year

Dual Diagnosis

dual-diagnosisA person who has both an alcohol or drug problem and an emotional or psychiatric problem is said to have a dual diagnosis. To ensure a full recovery the person needs to treat both problems.

Dual diagnosis is more common than you might imagine. According to a report published by the Journal of the American Medical Association:

  • 37% of alcohol abusers and 53% of drug abusers also have at least one serious mental illness.
  • Of all people diagnosed as mentally ill, 29% abuse either alcohol or drugs.

Those individuals, who are candidates for dual diagnosis in tandem with alcohol or drug dependency, often suffer from depression and bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, and other psychiatric disorders, such as schizophrenia and personality disorders.

Wellness Center of Palm Beach is a dual diagnosis-friendly rehab facility. Our expert staff understands the special needs of those who suffer from co-occurring disorders of mental illness and addiction issues and treat both using cutting-edge methodologies and counseling strategies.