What is “Dual Diagnosis?”
The days of the pure alcoholic and addict are gone. Almost every person with chemical dependency issues has an underlying psychological component which contributes to, causes or complicates their addiction. Often, a client with an addiction will receive care at a drug and alcohol treatment center without success due to underlying psychological problems. It is to these clients that PCH Treatment Center offers unique expertise, hope and healing.
“Dual-Diagnosis” refers to the coexistence of a substance abuse problem, specifically alcohol or drug abuse, in association with underlying emotional or psychological issues, such as depression, bipolar disorder, trauma related personality issues, anxiety and others. The term “co-occurring disorders” is also used. Persons with a dual-diagnosis face the challenge of dealing with substance abuse and psychological difficulties, which work together to compromise the person’s ability to address either problem. Furthermore, either disorder can cause the person to relapse or deteriorate within the other disorder. Persons with a psychological problem who have become dependent on alcohol or drugs have much more difficulty staying sober without treatment of their psychological issues. The same regions of the brain are involved in chemical dependency and many psychiatric problems. Up to 50% of persons diagnosed with a psychological illness abuse alcohol or drugs.