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Someone with a dual diagnosis is living with a substance use disorder and a mental health conditon at the same time. Dual diagnosis conditions affect people in a variety of ways, with interactions between disorders dependent on many things. For example, some people develop drug problems as a response to a mental illness by consuming drugs as a form of self-medication. In another cases, some might develop a mental illness as a direct result of a drug problem. In order to provide the most effective dual diagnosis treatment, doctors will attempt to define a primary disorder and differentiate between pre-existing mental problems and those induced by drugs and alcohol.

These cases require specialized and comprehensive treatment. At Drug Rehab Centers Orange, a range of dual diagnosis treatment plans available. Primary treatment simply treats the primary disorder, with a single treatment plan realized. Sequential treatment also deals with the secondary condition, but only when the primary disorder has been stabilized. Parallel treatment deal with both disorders at the same time, with a second doctor and facility sometimes needed. Parallel treatment plans can create problems, with mental health and drug treatment services historically separated and hard to integrate. Integrated treatment provides the most comprehensive option, with no distinction made between disorders and a single treatment plan realized. Call Drug Treatment Centers Orange today at 973-651-0731.


There are numerous reasons for dual diagnosis interactions, with heredity factors, neurological factors, brain development, and environmental factors all likely to influence co-occurring disorders. Self-medication also plays a big role in the development of some conditions, with people using drugs or alcohol as a way to deal with mental health problems. For example, someone with a depression disorder may consume alcohol or drugs as a way to self-medicate their condition, with the short term effects of psychoactive drug use able to provide temporary relief from debilitating mental disorders. People living with anxiety disorders may also self-medicate, with other people using drugs to directly counter the adverse side-effects of antipsychotic medications.

Depression and Addiction

Depression disorder is a serious problem that affects millions of Americans each year. While everyone suffers sadness and down periods at some point, people living with depression disorder have a clinical and chronic condition that affects every aspect of their life. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 10 percent of Americans suffer from depression disorder, with many turning to drugs or alcohol as a way to relieve this psychiatric condition. The links between depression and drug use go both ways, with some people becoming depressed after extensive drug abuse or dependence.

Depression disorder is often associated with central nervous system (CNS) depressants, with this class of drugs including alcohol, heroin, prescription opioids, and benzodiazepines such as Valium and Xanax. All of these substances cause physical depression when consumed, with long-term exposure also likely to influence mental depression. According to the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, one in three American adults living with alcohol or drug abuse problems are also suffering from depression disorder.

Anxiety Disorders and Benzodiazepine Dependence

Benzodiazepine drugs are used medically to treat anxiety and sleep disorders, with people often developing dependence to these drugs after years of psychiatric use. Also known as benzos, these drugs include Valium, Xanax, Klonopin, Serax and many more. Benzos are associated with tolerance and a physical-somatic withdrawal syndrome when use is stopped, with dependent people also likely to experience a range of psychological symptoms. A gradual dose reduction of these drugs is often applied over a long time period in order to avoid the dangers associated with abrupt withdrawal.

If you or someone you care about is suffering from addiction and mental illness, the time to seek help is now. Call the dual diagnosis treatment professionals at Drug Treatment Centers Orange at 973-651-0731.

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