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Dual Diagnosis for Mental Health and Substance Use

Published: March 23, 2021

People with both a substance abuse problem and a mental health issue, such as depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder, are diagnosed as having a co-occurring disorder or dual diagnosis. Individuals with a dual diagnosis require an integrated treatment plan that combines substance abuse services with mental health services to fight the source of addiction and help you stay sober. 

Common Mental Health Issues and Addiction

Mental health conditions are a common factor in determining whether someone will develop a substance use disorder. Drugs and alcohol provide a source of temporary relief for those dealing with mental health issues, which is why it oftentimes becomes the underlying cause of their addiction. 

The most common mental health disorders linked to substance abuse include:

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, concentration and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks. Imbalanced chemicals in the brain and genetics may cause bipolar disorder. 


Depression affects more than 264 million people worldwide. Depression negatively affects how a person feels, the way they think and how they act. It can cause feelings of sadness and a loss of interest in activities a person once enjoyed.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Post-traumatic stress disorder may occur in individuals who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event. People with PTSD have intense, disturbing flashbacks, trouble sleeping, emotional numbness, and feelings of guilt.  

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is marked by an ongoing pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development. 

Rockland’s Integrated Program for Dual Diagnosis Disorders

At Rockland Treatment Center, we understand how a mental health condition can be affected by substance and even be the underlying cause of substance use. That is why our treatment plans work to address both of these issues to help you get and stay sober. 

In the past, mental illness and addiction were treated separately. But with the help of constant research, we are now at the stage of affirmation that drug and alcoholism may both be related to mental disorders, which eventually must be treated at the same time.

With an integrated system, our programs are conducted by experts, technicians, experienced therapists and other published methods that have been clinically approved throughout the community. At Rockland Treatment Center, we are well prepared to tackle both substance abuse and mental health conditions.

Contact us today to inquire about our services and learn how we can help you now and throughout your journey. 

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