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Dual Diagnosis
What is Dual Diagnosis?

A dual diagnosis refers to when someone suffers from two or more conditions at the same time. Co-existing mental illnesses are very common, particularly for people abusing drugs and alcohol. There are different reasons why a person becomes addicted to substances. Some people start using in response to a difficult or traumatic experience they have difficulty processing. This is called self-medicating. Other people develop the symptoms of mental illnesses like depression or anxiety as a result of abusing substances for a prolonged period of time.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment

It is very important for each person entering rehab to be fully evaluated and assessed. This is to get a detailed picture of their physical, mental and emotional health so that a personalized program can be devised for their individual needs. During this assessment, which is generally the first step of admission, physicians, clinicians and therapists will determine through discussion and examination if the person is dual diagnosis.


In order for addiction rehabilitation to be successful, it is important to determine what drives substance abuse in an individual. In some cases it can be PTSD, depression or panic disorder that is driving a person to use drugs and/or alcohol. In other cases, a person may never have suffered any mental health issues but were driven to substance abuse by other factors such as genetics, familial circumstances or high stress levels.


Individual and group therapy is a vital component of dual diagnosis treatment because they serve to open lines of honest communication in a secure environment. Much of the challenge of overcoming dual diagnosis lies in understanding how your co-existing mental illnesses interplay with each other. In rehab, the focus of therapy is on unraveling the complex relationship between two health conditions to allow you to seize back control.


CASA Recovery: A Top Mental Health Treatment Center in Orange County, CA

If you use alcohol or drugs to help ease your depression or anxiety, or feel increasingly depressed after using, you have the symptoms of dual diagnosis. CASA Recovery offers tranquil mental health facilities in San Juan Capistrano, CA where we can work together towards your recovery in beautiful surroundings. Contact CASA Recovery today for dual diagnosis treatment in Southern California.

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