Dual diagnosis occurs when someone has
both a mental disorder and an alcohol or drug problem. These
conditions occur together frequently. In particular, alcohol and
drug problems tend to occur with:
- Anxiety disorders
- Personality disorders
Sometimes the mental problem occurs first. This can lead people
to use alcohol or drugs that make them feel better temporarily.
Sometimes the substance abuse occurs first. Over time, that can
lead to emotional and mental problems.
To get better, someone with a dual
diagnosis must treat both conditions. First, the person must
go for a period of time without using alcohol or drugs. This is
called detoxification. The next step is rehabilitation for the
substance problem and treatment for the mental disorder. This step
might include medicines, support groups and talk therapy.
NIH: National Institute of Mental Health
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