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Mental health disorders and substance abuse are commonly found in addicted people. Drug or alcohol abuse seen with mental health issues is known a dual diagnosis. Once a dual diagnosis is made, treatment for all conditions must occur in order for a person to successfully recover from substance abuse.

Common characteristics are observed in a dual diagnosis. A person with an attention deficit disorder (ADD) will likely be a methamphetamine abuser. Methamphetamines alleviate symptoms of hyperactivity. Depression and stimulants abuse occur commonly in people without attention deficit disorders. As they experience the full effects of stimulants, they get relief from their depression.

At Drug Treatment Centers Brentwood, addiction professionals examine each patient to uncover any co-existing disorders. This enables a comprehensive dual diagnosis treatment plan to be developed. For more information about how to get help, call us today at 631-729-7141.

Addictions and Mental Health Disorders

A substance abuser could have mental illness and then begin to use illicit substances for relief. The opposite occurs where mental illness is caused by illicit substances abuse. No matter what the source, all issues must be discovered and treated together.

Eating Disorders

Eating stimulates the brain’s pleasure centers. Alcohol and drugs have the same effects. All set off triggers in the brain. The brain then releases chemicals creating euphoria. Negative emotions are blocked. When the body craves substances, the person consumes the craved substances to satisfy these cravings. Addiction can develop if this circular behavior continues.


Depressed people may look for relief from negative feelings and emotions by using alcohol and drugs. The psychoactive substances alleviate depressive symptoms and suppress negative thoughts and feelings. When the substances wear off, they must be taken again to alleviate depression. Repeating this behavior can lead to an addiction.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

OCD sufferers can’t control compulsive and obsessive thoughts and actions. Self-medicating with illicit substances can repress these thoughts and actions. An individual may become dependent on alcohol or drugs to live without compulsions and obsessions. Then, an addiction upon those substances may develop.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

PTSD sufferers lived through trauma which had a serious impact on their lives. Emotionally and mentally, these people experience involuntary, traumatizing flashbacks. People with PTSD may turn to alcohol or drugs for relief from these flashbacks.


Anxiety disorder makes life’s activities difficult to participate in. Anxiety sufferers wanting to participate may use substances to do so. Alcohol, which lowers inhibitions, is sometimes used by people with anxiety.

Dual Diagnosis Statistics

According to an article published in the Washington Post, “co-occurring disorders, or dual diagnosis, is estimated to affect 7 million adults in the United States. … The federal government estimates that 90 percent of people with co-occurring disorders do not get the treatment they need.”


  • Psychopharmacology: Prescription medications are used to treat any remaining symptoms after detox. Medications are also used as maintenance to prevent a relapse.
  • Psychotherapy: Therapeutic approaches to treat mental health disorders in an individual combining substance abuse and mental illness treatments.
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT): Therapy which examines repeated negative behaviors and the consequences of these behaviors. Skills are taught to reduce negative behaviors.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment& Aftercare Services

Drug Treatment Centers Brentwood’s qualified staff has the skills to diagnose co-existing disorders. We develop personalized treatment plans based on the needs of the individual. Relapse prevention and aftercare plans are also a part of the treatment program. Call us today at 631-729-7141 for help.

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