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Dual Diagnosis Statistics

Guide to Dual Diagnosis

The Meaning of Dual Diagnosis

Dual diagnosis is the condition of person whereas substance abuse and mental illness are occurring at the same time. Dual diagnosis is compared to a chicken and egg theory, and no one knows which one comes first. Sometimes metal illness can be triggered by using drugs and drinking excessive alcohol, and on the contrary, excessive alcohol intake and drug abuse can be the symptoms of a mental illness.

How Common Dual Diagnosis Is?

Almost 50% of people with serious mental disorders also have substance abuse problems. Almost 37% of people with excessive alcohol problems have mental illness, and 53% of people abusing prohibited drugs have a mental illness. According to recent surveys, 40% -60% of people are vulnerable to developing substance and alcohol abuse due to the influence of the environment.

Common Dual Diagnosis Disorders

• Depression
• Bipolar Disorder
• Anxiety Disorders
• Schizophrenia

Mental Illness Linked to Increased Risk for Alcohol and Drug Abuse

• Manic Episode can increase the risk for substance abuse for up to 15.5%.
• Schizophrenia increase risks of substance abuse for up to 10.1%.
• Panic disorders can lead to drug abuse for up to 4.3%.
• Major depressive episode can trigger substance abuse for up to 4.1%.
• Obsessive compulsive behavior triggers drug abuse for up to 3.4%.
• Phobias can also increase the risk of substance abuse to 2.4%.

People with anxiety develop addiction to alcohol in order to slow down the symptoms of the disorder. People with bipolar disorder are vulnerable to drug and alcohol addiction. They use whichever drugs correspond to their mood at the time. People with major depression disorder get addicted to alcohol or slow down the symptoms of the disorder mask their mood. Individuals with schizophrenia are addicted with caffeine and nicotine, stimulants that decreases the side effects of psychotic medications. Also, these stimulants temporarily dull psychotic symptoms.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment

The best way to treat dual diagnosis is through an integrated approach that will address both substance abuse and mental health issues at the same time. Effective treatments for dual diagnosis include:

• Relapse Prevention
• Individual and Group Counseling
• Education
• Medication Management
• Goal Setting
• Supporting Group Meetings for Mental Health and Substance Abuse

These treatments can help you overcome dual diagnosis. But, if you have excessive compulsive behavior to alcohol and drug abuse, consulting a health professional is a must. In this way, you will discover the exact type of addiction that you have, or if you have an existing mental disorder. This is the only way you can treat both the addiction and mental disorder at the same time.

If you think you need help, don’t hesitate to seek support from professionals. If you don’t have the courage to seek help from professionals, you can ask help and support from your family and friends. Don’t let the addiction ruin your life, or your mental disorder put your body at risk. You are not alone in this world, and there many people who are willing to help you.



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