Co-occurring Disorder

People who have substance use disorders as well as mental health disorders are diagnosed as having co-occurring disorders, or dual disorders. This is also sometimes called a dual diagnosis.

Dual diagnosis is the term used when a person has a mood disorder such as depression or bipolar disorder (also known as manic depression) and a problem with alcohol or drugs. A person who has a dual diagnosis has two separate illnesses, and each illness needs its own treatment plan.

Chronic relapsers are clients that may have been in multiple treatments, they have had long periods of recovery, they know the lingo, the tools, and “The Program”, but they can’t seem to stay clean and sober. … They don’t forfeit their recovery because they drank or used again.

In many instances treatment programs only focus on the primary treatment phase of the treatment program and hope at best that the recovering person will manage to recover and maintain sobriety by attending self-help support groups. This is part of the mistake that leads to chronic relapsing.

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