Addiction is a chronic, complex brain disease that's defined by a psychological and physical dependence on drugs, alcohol, or a specific behavior (i.e. gambling or shopping). Although there are many potential causes and contributing factors, mental health conditions often play an underlying role. Unfortunately, the symptoms of one disorder will often trigger the other, creating a vicious cycle of self-destruction. This is known as comorbidity, often resulting in a dual-diagnosis. For example, individuals living with PTSD also often suffer from alcoholism and depression.

If you or your loved one are struggling with drugs and/or alcohol, in addition to a potential mental health disorder, help is available. This no longer needs to be “the norm” — you can live the life you deserve.

It all starts with seeking the help you need, from an inpatient dual-diagnosis treatment center you can count on.

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How Common Is a Dual-Diagnosis?


More than 21 million Americans have a substance use disorder and approximately 45 million have a mental health disorder. Of these individuals, a significant portion live with both. Many individuals who develop substance use disorders are also diagnosed with mental health disorders, and vice versa.

According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, approximately 45 percent of Americans struggle with a dual-diagnosis. Those who are diagnosed with a mental health condition are about twice as likely to suffer from a substance use disorder compared to the general population.

Some of the most common mental illnesses that coincide with substance use disorder include anxiety, depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, and behavioral disorders. Some examples include PTSD and an opioid addiction, as well as depression and alcoholism.

Even if one condition appeared first, it does not necessarily mean that one caused the other. Both mental illnesses and drug use disorders are caused by overlapping variables, including genetic factors, brain deficits, and/or early stress or trauma.

What Are the Signs That Someone Needs a Dual-Diagnosis Treatment Center?


Unfortunately, there are numerous overlapping factors that may aggravate a mental health or substance use disorder. These include:


  • Brain responses —When you abuse drugs, you may experience symptoms that mimic mental health symptoms. For example, some heavy marijuana users can experience psychosis.

  • Genetics — You may have a genetic predisposition to a mental health disorder or addiction. Researchers believe that genetics account for 40 to 60 percent of a person's susceptibility to addiction.

  • Environmental triggers — Various triggers can affect your mental health and/or addiction, particularly those that cause persistent anxiety, chronic stress, or trauma.


It's important to note that symptoms significantly vary from one individual to the next. However, some of the signs that someone would benefit from a dual-diagnosis treatment center include:

  • A sudden change in behavior

  • Issues with managing daily tasks and responsibilities

  • Neglecting everyday health and hygiene

  • Financial troubles

  • Worsening school or work performance

  • Avoiding events and/or activities that were once enjoyed

What Are the Treatment Options for a Dual-Diagnosis?


Since one condition's symptoms often overlap with the other, it can be difficult to disentangle those associated with drug addiction and other mental health disorders. This makes both the diagnostic and treatment process fairly complex. In that sense, an accurate diagnosis is critical to ensure appropriate, effective treatment. That is why you should seek professional help. When you receive treatment from a licensed inpatient dual-diagnosis treatment center, you will benefit from the latest evidence-based therapies and treatment options.

No longer are inpatient dual-diagnosis drug rehab facilities drawing a hard line between addiction and psychiatric health. Research shows that when substance use disorder and a co-occurring mental illness are treated simultaneously, the rate of success significantly increases. However, finding the right treatment center is still rather challenging.

When it comes to what you should expect from a great treatment center, each individual should be viewed as the unique person they are in terms of the recovery process. This will begin with a full evaluation and an individualized treatment plan.

Although your treatment plan will be created based on your needs, behavioral therapies (either alone or in combination with medications) are key to successful outcomes. Research shows that behavioral therapies play a major role in numerous aspects of treatment for individuals with complex co-occurring disorders. These therapies are able to target and reduce symptoms associated with ongoing substance abuse and various mental health conditions. They have also been shown to help reduce your risk of relapse, supporting long-term recovery.

For example, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is one of the most popular and effective therapy options for a wide range of mental health and substance abuse disorders. This study found that group CBT was an effective treatment for major depression for clients in an inpatient substance abuse program.

It is important to remember that there is no single treatment that works for everyone with a dual-diagnosis. Your past and present, as well as your future goals, will all determine the type of treatment you require. Again, that is why it’s so important that you work alongside qualified professionals.

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How Pinnacle Recovery Can Help You Overcome a Dual-Diagnosis


Although a dual-diagnosis may seem overwhelming, at Pinnacle Recovery, we are committed to helping you achieve a healthier, more fulfilling life. We offer the full continuum of care, treating substance addictions and mental health conditions, along with their underlying causes. We specialize not only in dual-diagnosis residential treatment, but also in trauma recovery, family therapy, experiential therapy, and more. Based on this comprehensive approach, we are able to treat you as the unique individual you are.

If you have been self-medicating with substances, we will help you develop healthier coping mechanisms. Our compassionate, dedicated staff is committed to your future. It’s time for you to break free from addiction and worsening mental health symptoms. To begin your road to recovery, all you need to do is pick up the phone and call.

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