Dual Diagnosis (also referred to as co-occurring disorders) is a term for when someone experiences a mental illness and a substance use disorder simultaneously. People experiencing a mental health condition may turn to alcohol or other substances as a form of self-medication to improve the mental health symptoms they experience. However, research shows that alcohol and other illegal substances worsen the symptoms of mental illnesses.
You can consult our website’s Dual Diagnosis page where you will find information on the condition, current treatments, ways to support recovery.
The following resources may be of help:
- Dual Recovery Anonymous is an independent, 12-step self-help membership organization for people with a dual diagnosis.
- SAMHSA is a government organization that maintains a database of nationwide treatment facilities, including low cost/sliding scale mental healthcare, substance abuse and dual diagnosis treatment. Contact SAMHAS at 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or online through their Treatment Locator.
Support groups can be an important part of taking care of oneself. Mental Health America maintains a Support Group Locator to direct you to a variety of organizations that offer support groups for consumers, and their family members and friends. Some support groups are peer-led, while others may be led by a mental health professional.
The Recovery Village provides links to a vast array of 12-Step programs that have been formed to aid and support those in recovery from other addictive disorders.