Important steps employed during management of co-occurring disorders

Important steps employed during management of co-occurring disorders

When an individual struggle with a substance use disorder (SUD) and a mental illness simultaneously, it is called dual diagnosis. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), in any given year, at least 7-9 million people grapple with a co-occurring disorder. Moreover, 50 percent of the population suffering from an alcohol and drug addiction are also inflicted with a mental illness, such as trauma, depression, personality disorders, anxiety and depression. Read more

Seeking solace from mental trauma through chemical dependency

Seeking solace from mental trauma through chemical dependency

Mental disorders can co-exist with the dependence on chemical substances. Chemical dependency is not a weakness, but an addiction that has adverse emotional and physical impact on an already suffering individual’s health. Chemical dependency is usually interchangeably used with substance abuse. The 2011 USA National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that 17.5 percent of adults with a mental illness had a co-occurring substance use disorder; this works out to 7.98 million Americans. Read more