Dual Diagnosis, also known as a co-occurring disorder or co-morbidity, is the presence of one or more mental health disorders in conjunction with a substance abuse problem. Any combination of addiction and a mental health issue qualifies as a dual-diagnosis, such as anxiety and alcoholism, depression and prescription drug dependence, post-traumatic stress disorder and opioid addiction, and other forms of addiction and mental illness.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, “Many people who regularly abuse drugs are also diagnosed with mental disorders and vice versa.” and that “persons diagnosed with mood or anxiety disorders are about twice as likely to suffer also from a drug use disorder (abuse or dependence)” when compared with people who do not have a mental health disorder. 
If you are struggling with both a mental health issue and addiction to drugs or alcohol, you are not alone. Reports published in the Journal of the American Medical Association show that “addiction is common in people with mental health problems”, and “of all people diagnosed as mentally ill, 29 percent abuse either alcohol or drugs”. Studies also reveal that “37 percent of alcohol abusers and 53 percent of drug abusers also have at least one serious mental illness”. 
At Lumiere Healing Centers, we know that trying to overcome addiction is tough, and when that addiction occurs in conjunction with a mental illness, patients need intensive, compassion-based treatment from professionals who understand how co-occurring disorders impact detox and recovery. That’s why our team of addiction specialists are equipped to provide intensive, evidence-based care to treat both substance abuse and mental health disorders.
Does Mental Illness Cause Addiction?
Some patients who live with untreated mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder self-medicate with alcohol and/or drugs. For these patients, there is a clear cause-and-effect connection between their depression, anxiety, or other mental illness and the development of their substance abuse problem.
Others become addicted to drugs or alcohol before they develop any signs or symptoms of mental disorders, and their mental illness only becomes apparent once they begin to abuse substances.
While the question of whether substance abuse causes addiction, or addiction causes substance abuse is difficult to answer, what is clear is the fact that some drugs can cause disturbing symptoms that are often associated with mental illness. For example, marijuana has been shown to increase the risk of psychosis in some patients, and “individuals with overt, mild, or even subclinical mental disorders may abuse drugs as a form of self-medication”. 
Our individualized treatment plans are flexible and responsive to meet the needs of patients who are struggling with both a substance abuse issue and mental illness. The Lumiere clinical treatment team includes doctors, nurses, and licensed therapists who can help patients with a dual diagnosis through intensive detox and rehab programming designed to support both sobriety and mental wellness.
Finding The Right Dual Diagnosis Program
Our trained, compassionate admission counselors are available 24/7 to help connect you with the dual diagnosis treatment services you need to begin your path towards recovery. Call 855-598-3048 now – we’re here to help.
Take The First Step Towards Sobriety
To learn more about our personalized medical detox, inpatient treatment programs and aftercare programs here at Lumiere Healing Centers, call 855-598-3048 now. Our team of compassionate admissions counselors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help you take the first step towards your recovery from alcohol or drug abuse.
1 – https://www.drugabuse.gov/sites/default/files/rrcomorbidity.pdf
2 – https://www.helpguide.org/articles/addiction/substance-abuse-and-mental-health.htm#cooccurring